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.
The contact to the audience is at the core of Oblivia’s work, and the significance of how to be together – audience and performers – has only increased during the years. Oblivia’s performances are places for reflection and an invitation to imagine together.