Kohti tuntematonta

Saga Korkeamäki ja Marie Bergholm tekivät yhdessä podcastin aiheesta tuntemattoman kohtaaminen. Podcastissa he …

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December Flashback

Christmas is soon here! It comes every year and it’s always pretty much the same; spending time together with the family, eating (too)well, decorating the house and the christmas tree, kids waiting for Santa to come, you name it. Christmas is repetitive and we love that repetition, we love to do the same things from year to year and that’s good.

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Costume

Annika Tudeer and Timo Fredriksson are interviewed by costume designer Tua Helve about the role of costumes in Oblivia’s performances. Video was recorded in July, 2018 in Pact Zollverein, Essen, Germany.

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November Flashback

Just like everyone else, Oblivia too is thinking hard about its off stage presence. Color coordination is one important means to achieve this and it is not unimportant how the backstage snack buffet looks. These high visual standards are of course applied in all digital material Oblivia is producing. Besides on stage performances Oblivia has been broadening its presence through symposiums, workshops, photo exhibitions, AR experiences, not to forget all the rest more or less realistic side projects waiting to be launched!

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On the Skill to remain silent

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October Flashback

Fabric tests for Ka-Boom in Tutke 2014
At Bunker Theater Ljubljana 2014
Rigging lights in Ljubljana 2014
Costume fitting for Verdrängen Stuttgart 2020
Watching video of rehearsals in Berlin 2014
Programming the sound Stuttgart 2020
Rehearsing Entertainment Island I Glasgow 2009
Rehearsal stage in Eskus (Performance Center) 2014
Creating performances on stage requires a lot of skill from many fields, most of it very hands-on and technical. Hence the ultimate one that guides and unifies them all is the skill to imagine; how will a certain fabric react to a certain light, how the space will feel like when the curtains are pulled over the windows, how are the light elements placed on stage, how the actions are rescaled from rehearsal space to a real stage and how does this all look from the outside.

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Black Box

Why black box? Meri Ekola and Annika Tudeer talk about the essence of black box for Oblivia’s work. Recorded in Pact Zollverein, Essen, Germany in summer 2018.

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September Flashback

What if Oblivia’s next performance would be created in a bouncy castle? These are some of the wonderful locations for the future we have scouted on our trips. Quite the opposite from where we usually picture our performances. After all these years there are times when one feels that some colour and softness is greatly needed to counterbalance the work in a black box!

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How To Do Do What You Saw

In this about 7 minute video Oblivia members demonstrate how to do Do What You Saw, in a nutshell. Do What You Saw (DWYS) is Oblivia’s group practise for creating material for performances.

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Improvisaatiosta ja tanssista

Anna-Maija Terävä Obliviasta ja tanssitaiteilija Pia Lindy keskustelevat improvisaatiosta osana teosten tekoprosessia ja improvisaation esittämisestä.

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August Flashback

After a hot and sunny summer it’s time to enter the cool and dark black box and start warming up the new season. Recollecting the work happens gradually. Sometimes memory does tricks to us as it did to Annika while working on SuperB in august 2013 at Avantgarden in Trondheim.

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Trust Song

Song and lyrics by Alice Ferl, sound design by Yiran Zhao. Trust Song is part of Trust Play by Oblivia.

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On Trust, Tiger and Turtle

Text by Anna-Maija Terävä. Performed by Timo Fredriksson and Anna-Maija Terävä, narrator Annika Tudeer. On Trust, Tiger and Turtle is part of Trust Play by Oblivia.

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Trust in Bringing Lived Life on Stage

Ilia Papatheodorou from She She Pop (D) in conversation with Annika Tudeer in a podcast about trust, age, economy, collectivity, success, fathers, mothers and much more. Recorded in June, 2020.

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On Trust

Alice Ferl and Timo Fredriksson discuss on trust. Recorded in Pact Zollverein, Essen, Germany in summer 2018.

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June Flashback

Annika & Timo Kampnagel 23.05.2018. Photo Tua Helve.
Anski and Annika hanging in Hangö, 2019.
Anski and Meri in Christmas Market in Essen, 2018.
Birthday girl Tua at Stuttgart, 2020.
Dinner with Detroit friends, 2019.
Dinner with Via Negativa, co-production in Ljubljana, 2014. Photo Meri Ekola.
DJs Annika and Christian in Heidelberg, 2014.
Essen, 2011.
Happy Rampe team in Stuttgart, 2019.
Jenny at Mikko's dissertation 08.09.2017. Photo Tua Helve.
Meri ordered some seafood in Stuttgart, 2019.
Nature Theater Premiere in Stuttgart, 2017. Photo Andreas Kaminski.
Oblivians at Eskus kitchen, 2018. Photo Tua Helve.
Sweating on a break in Berlin, 2014.
Timo and Magnús after lunch, spring 2014. Photo Anna-Maija Terävä
Timo in a desert, 2011.
Timo training at Suwalki, 2013.
Touring in Faroe, 2011.
Travelling in Poland, 2013.
Besides the hard work Oblivians also take time for resting in the sun, having a pool party, sharing a glass of cava, DJing the favourite tunes in a party, taking a selfie on a rooftop…

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The Rave

In 2015 Oblivia created The Rave, a live streamed performance where we were dancing in the studio for 2.5 hrs and streaming around the world and to Mad House in the adjacent building. This video is from a rehearsal edited by Meri Ekola.

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Johtajuudesta

Janne Saarakkala ja Annika Tudeer keskustelevat johtajuudesta kollektiivissa ja muista asioista jotka liittyvät johtajuuteen. Voiko kollektiivissa olla johtaja ja mitä sellaisella tekee? 

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On Communication

Annika Tudeer and Timo Fredriksson talk about communication. Recorded in Pact Zollverein, Essen, Germany in summer 2018.

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May Flashback

Here we are in the Swedish Theatre in Helsinki working on Annikas Sacre. Our dramaturg Lina Teir is watching while Annika is trying out “something” with sheets of sail fabric that our costume designer Tua Helve had brought in to be tested. Our sound designer Juuso Voltti is also trying …

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On Sustainability

Alice Ferl and Annika Tudeer talk about sustainability with a twist. Recorded in Pact Zollverein, Essen, Germany, 2018.

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On Documentation

Christopher Hewitt has documented Oblivia’s stage works for many years. In this podcast he and Anna-Maija Terävä talk about the purpose of documenting live performances. Recorded at Hangö Teaterträff Festival in June, 2019.

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April Flashback

About a year ago Oblivia did the furthest trip of its history, a tour to US to perform Nature Theatre of Oblivia. At the moment as we are trying to get used to social distancing in all the levels of society, touring feels a bittersweet memory. Instead of attending performances they are now brought to us digitally through live streaming.

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On Intellectual Work

Alice Ferl and Timo Fredriksson discuss on intellectual work in the process of making a performance. Recorded at Pact Zollverein, Esssen, Germany in 2018.

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Om konst (in Swedish)

En diskussion om att skapa ur ett mer än trettioårigt perspektiv med Annika Tudeer och Liisa Pentti (på svenska). Inspelad 2019 i Helsingfors.

Photo: Fabian Nyberg

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March Flashback

Verdrängen Verdrängen Verdrängen, 2019
Nature Theater of Oblivia, 2017
SuperB, 2013
Do Be Do, 2016
Children and Other Radicals, 2018

While working on a new performance there always comes a moment when it is absolutely necessary to put all the materials, scenes, movements, texts etc on a big paper. This serves at least two purposes; it is good to see at a glance what one has accumulated so far and it is easier to start building a possible structure for the piece having the whole in front of your eyes. So the Oblivia archive contains a whole lot of papers like the ones in these photos.

Can you make the connection between the papers in the photos and Oblivias performances?

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On Sharing

Tua Helve [costume designer] and Meri Ekola [light designer] discuss on sharing. Recorded at Pact Zollverein, Esssen, Germany in 2018.

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February Flashback

Behind every premier or performance there is a massive amount of hard work done by highly skilled professionals during long days. Only occasionally when the work at hand requires unerring artistic vision the performing artist might have to roll up his sleeves. …

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On Collectivity

Annika Tudeer and Christian Koch. A discussion on collectivity, Pact Zollverein, Essen, Germany 2018.

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Radical Happiness

Annika Tudeer and Martina Grohmann, director of Theater Rampe. A discussion on art, politics and happiness, Stuttgart 2019 (in English)

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