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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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January Flashback

Faroe Islands, 2011. Marina Andersson-Rahikka, Juuso Voltti, Meri Ekola, Timo Fredriksson, Anna Krzystek, Annika Tudeer, Emmi Tudeer. Photo: Eija Mäkivuoti
Essen, 2012. Meri Ekola, Tmo Fredriksson, Annika Tudeer, Anna Krzystek, Katharina Charpey. Photo: Eija Mäkivuoti
Helsinki, 2013. Juuso Voltti, Anna Krzystek, Timo Fredriksson, Annika Tudeer, Meri Ekola. Photo: Eija Mäkivuoti
Berlin, 2014. Juuso Voltti, Timo Fredriksson, Annika Tudeer, Magnús Logi Kristinsson, Anna-Maija Terävä. Photo: Meri Ekola
München, 2014. Meri Ekola, Annika Tudeer, Anna-Maija Terävä, Timo Fredriksson, Juuso Voltti. Photo: Unknown
Helsinki, 2015. Anni Konttinen, Tua Helve, Meri Ekola, Annika Tudeer, Juuso Voltti, Marina Andersson-Rahikka, Timo Fredriksson, Lina Teir. Photo: Unknown
Helsinki, 2016. Mikko Bredenberg, Maija Hirvanen, Andrius Katinas, Timo Fredriksson. Photo: Annika Tudeer
Stuttgart, 2017. Meri Ekola, Mikko Bredenberg, Anna-Maija Terävä, Annika Tudeer, Alice Fell, Tua Helve, Timo Fredriksson. Photo: Mira Taussi
Helsinki, 2018, Amos Korkeamäki, Saga Korkeamäki, Marie Bergholm, Max Uusitalo, Victor Lietz. Photo: unknown
Mannheim, 2018. Timo Fredriksson, Annika Tudeer, Anna-Maija Terävä, Mikko Bredenberg, Alice Ferl, Meri Ekola. Photo: Anna-Maija Terävä
Essen, 2018. Niels Bovri, Timo Fredriksson, Annika Tudeer, Alice Ferl, Anna-Maija Terävä, Meri Ekola. Photo: Christopher Hewitt
Hanko, 2019. Christopher Hewitt, Jenny Nordlund, Timo Fredriksson, Anna-Maija Terävä, Annika Tudeer. Photo: Unknown

In 2011 Oblivia was touring Scandinavia with the Entertainment Island trilogy. One day on the Faroe Islands while driving around and sightseeing our photographer Eija Mäkivuoti took a group photo with us waving at the camera. We did not know it then but a tradition was born. Nowadays, especially on tour there always comes a moment of ”we have to take a group photo. Okay, everybody smile and wave at the camera!” Here you can see the historical first photo and some later variations on the theme.

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