Founded in 2000 in Helsinki, the international performance company Oblivia is a unique force on the Finnish performance scene. Oblivia’s collectively devised, interdisciplinary and minimalist performances merge the boundaries of art forms and nationalities. The background of Oblivias members from Finland and Germany are in music, dance and text. This mixture creates a vibrant and special tension and humour in the work. From the beginning the core members have been working together creating a common performance language. Guest collaborators are invited to partake in individual projects.
Entertainment Island took Oblivia other important collaborators: PACT Zollverein in Essen, Germany and Center for Contemporary Art in Glasgow (UK). Entertainment Island has been touring internationally and received great acclaim. In 2011 Oblivia was chosen as one of the companies of the year in the Tanz Year book by Esther Boldt.
During the years 2012-2016 Oblivia build Museum of Postmodern Art (MOPMA), which concists of 5 performances: MOPMA pt 1 (PACT Zollverein, 2012) Super B (2013), Kaboom (2014), The Rave (Mad House Helsinki, 2015) and Do be do – MOPMA 5 (Cirko, Helsinki 2016). MOPMA became the autobiography of Oblivia.
Oblivia’s working process begins with a grand idea. One that is so grand at first that it seems impossible to handle. Through diligent and persistent deliberation we begin to filter our grand idea until it becomes tangible. Through this filtering we aim to arrive at the crux of the subject matter. Our process is dense and layered yet what we present on stage is minimal and spare. However, one soon becomes aware of the traces that remain and how the process is woven into the structure of the work. Ours is a process of observation, of seeing and connecting and finding ways to communicate our concerns and concepts through performance. We work with methods of devising, creative responses, collective work and improvisation.
founder/artistic director/performer 2000–
After working as a dancer/choreographer, Annika completed her MA in literature at Helsinki University. She worked as a dance and performance critic writing extensively on new trends in the performing arts, thus receiving a broad understanding of the European dance and performance scene.
Timo is a classical pianist graduated from the Sibelius Academy. He started working with Oblivia in 2000 as a musician and has since been drawn into performing and devising the work.
Mikko Bredenberg is an artist-researcher, actor and theatre director. Mikko has been working as an actor and theatre director in institutional theatres and independent performing art groups. As an actor he has also worked in radio plays and in television and movie productions.
Bredenberg holds a Doctor of Arts in Theatre and Drama from University of the Arts Helsinki, Theatre Academy. The subject of Bredenberg’s artistic doctoral research was a phenomenon he calls “scenic imagination”. In his artistic research he has examined and sought to understand and define the specific phenomena of scenic mental image and scenic imagination by doing performances and by examining artistic processes related to these performances. In the written part of his doctoral research Näyttämöllinen kuvittelu (Scenic Imagination) he described how his own acting embodied his phenomenologically inspired research and debated how acting in itself was informed by the phenomenological investigation of scenic mental images.
lighting designer 2009–
Meri received her M.A. in lighting design from the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki, in Finland. She has worked as a freelancer in the wide (wild) field of performing arts since her graduation with collaborators from Finland and abroad. In Oblivia she started in 2009 when she joined the Entertainment Island Trilogy. She has carried a role of an outside eye through out the productions. In her own expression she has concentrated in working on a lighting designs able to carry an active part in the performance, as taking a role of a performer.
sound designer/performer 2017–
Alice is a performer and sound artist. After her studies of Applied Theatre Sciences in Gießen and Reykjavík she has founded her own company LUKAS UND and collaborated with numerous groups in Germany and Switzerland such as Monster Truck, bigNOTWENDIGKEIT, Marcel Schwald and Drama Köln. She is realizing theater pieces, audio walks and installational performances.
costume designer 2015–
She is currently a doctoral candidate at Aalto University, Department of Film, Television and Scenography.Her doctoral dissertation focuses on costume design for contemporary dance in Finland. She has an MA degree (2008, clothing design) at the University of Lapland focus on Finnish contemporary dance costume design. Solo performances in 2015, Annika gör Svansjön and Annika’s Sacre, were Tua’s first collaborations with Oblivia.
Anna-Maija Terävä is a dancer and a performer living in Helsinki, working in the field of dance, theatre and performance art. She works as a part of various collaborations and also choreographs her own pieces and productions. Craftsmanship of performance work and improvisation thrives her body of work. She has worked for example with the choreographers Jaana Turunen and Maija Hirvanen and the director Philine Velhagen (Drama Köln).
Since 2014 Anna-Maija has been part of Oblivia’s artistic team and collectively carried out four stage performances. In 2016 she worked as a director together with Timo Fredriksson for a stage performance No(s) Futurs with five 12 year old performers. Anna-Maija is along in Oblivia´s three years project Together that started in the fall 2017 and examines collaborative practices in directing and performance making.
managing director 2017–
Anna Krzystek (1968–2017)
Anna, a Glasgow based performer and choreographer, worked with Oblivia 2000–13 devising and performing the work.
Annika Tudeer on working with Anna:
Anna & Oblivia
A tribute to Anna Krzystek by Creative Scotland
Magnus Logi Kristinsson
Magnus, born in Iceland, has been creating solo performances since 1999.
Juuso is a songwriter and composer specializing in theatre and film music. He has graduated from The Theatre Academy of Finland as a sound designer (MA) and as a classical composer from Estonian Academy of Music (BA).
production & tour manager 2007–2017