THE TRUST PLAY

Drawing by Alice Ferl.

by Oblivia

PROLOGUE

Beaver & Bear

text by Meri Ekola and Tua Helve

performed by Alice Ferl and Stine Hertel, narrator Marty Berowski

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20 Food for Thoughts* on TRUST**

Felizitas Stilleke | 19.6.2020

Thinking is there to push!

This works best when I trust my opponent or my fellow thinker and when I know where the bruises are lurking and and when the offence …

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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. …

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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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Riskialttiita kohtaamisia | Risky Encounters

Candide 2017. Photo Saara Autere.

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Katri Tanskanen | 13.5.2020

Koronaeristyksen keskellä mietin haikeana kommunikointia. Ääni kuuluu puhelimesta ja näytöllä näkyvät hymyilevät kasvot, mutta yhteinen hetki on vajaa. Myös esityksen kohtaaminen näytöllä on …

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Kuinka tiedottaa tuntemattomasta? | How to communicate the unknown?  

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Heidi Backström | 13.5.2020

Nyhjää tyhjästä

Käännä sokkona

Litteroi ja referoi mammutti

Toki myös:

Hio timanttia

Kirkasta kuningasajatusta

Kääri se kutsuvaan pakettiin

Toimin toistakymmentä vuotta esittävän taiteen kentällä viestinnän …

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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” …

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About roots and influences

Annika Tudeer | 14.4.2020

This text was was written between August 2018 and April 2020. It begun two years ago in the wake of Anna’s …

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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 …

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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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Kirmailua ja haromista | Frolicking And Scrabbling Around

Nature Theater of Oblivia rehealsars, 2017. Photo Tua Helve.

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Hanna Helavuori | 20.3.2020

Avoimuudesta ja uteliaisuudesta – tehtävänanto ja tematiikka oli
päässäni kääntynyt vapaudeksi. Ehkä yksinkertaisesti siitä syystä, että Oblivia
on näyttäytynyt minulle ryhmänä, joka on paennut kaikenlaisia lopputulemia …

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Pehmeät reunat, terävät kulmat, hulppeaa naurua ja vähän muutakin | Soft Edges, Sharp Corners, Gorgeous Laughter And Other Joys

We´ll Never Let You Go, 2006. Photo Eija Mäkivuoti.

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Pia Lindy | 20.3.2020

Olen useaan kertaan paikalle osunut kaveri ja kanssa-taiteilija sekä Oblivian vankkumaton ihailija.Oblivian perustaminen vuonna 2000 osui aikaan, jolloin itse vielä totuttelin asumaan Suomessa …

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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 …

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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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AAA, aaa, …

Theater Rampe, Stuttgart 2019, 08.30. Photo Yiran Zhao

Yiran Zhao | 2.2.2020

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Summer
August 2019 Stuttgart

The first time to meet members of Oblivia,
Oblivia, Oblivia, via, via, via.

Annika, Anski, Alice, Meri and Timo, all together, together, together, ther, ther, ther.

Talking, sharing, …

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In the middle of the night

Michigan Theater Detroit 2019. Photo Annika Tudeer.

Annika Tudeer | 2.2.2020

“What are you verdrängen, Annika”, asks Alice in one scene that never made it to the performance. She continued explaining the shaming mechanism through the event of a …

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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 …

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Welcome to the Blog!

Att tänka på flygning [To think about flying], Tram Museum, 2000

Annika Tudeer | 17.1.2020

Yes, it is only 20 years ago that Oblivia started out in the Tram Museum in Helsinki, looking for alternative ways of making experimental art together.  The world …

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List of Togetherness

Suvilahti, November 2018. Photo Alice Ferl

Alice Ferl | 17.1.2020

Where do we store what we collect when we work collectively?

Making something together that does not belong to one. …

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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. …

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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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Photo Gallery

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