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Saara Autere

Pleasure

(…) a paraphrase of dreams, fears, and memories, also of that which defines art, and it is virtuosic how those three performers subsume this into short speaking passages, into gestures and movements. (…) Composer Yiran Zhao fills the void spaces with electronic sound – tones, rhythms, and actions mirroring each other.

 from: Stuttgarter Nachrichten, November 2nd, 2020, about “Verdrängen, Verdrängen, Verdrängen”

Following “Verdrängen, Verdrängen, Verdrängen” which premiered at the ECLAT Festival at Theater Rampe in 2020, and the NOperas! project “Obsessions”, “Pleasure” will see its premiere in Stuttgart as the final part of our music theatre trilogy “Emotions and Politics”.

With “Pleasure” we would like to invite the audience for an evening encompassing all the different aspects of Pleasure: Life’s unique moments, intense sensory impressions, and a feeling of well-being will be highlighted next to the tender boundary towards hedonism as well as the radical anti-capitalist force that our longing for Pleasure contains.

For “Pleasure” we cooperate with performer Juha Valkeapää for the first time and yet again with composer Yiran Zhao, who has become part of Oblivia since 2019. Together with Juha and Yiran and with mezzo-soprano Gabriele Anna Lesch and Stuttgart-based guitarist Thilo Ruck in addition, we embark on creating a multi-layered music theatre event, employing voice, movement, text, live instrumentation, and electronics to explore our life-long search for Pleasure.

Thilo Ruck, Gabriele Lesch, Timo Fredriksson, Yiran Zhao, Tua Helve, Meri Ekola,Juha Valkeapää and Annika Tudeer.
Photo: Anna Bakinovskaya


Concept & devising: Oblivia working group
Performers Timo Fredriksson, Annika Tudeer, Juha Valkeapää
Guitarist Thilo Ruck
Mezzosoprano Gabriele Lesch
Composer, electronic live music : Yiran Zhao
Outside eye: Alice Ferl
Light design: Meri Ekola and Stine Hertel
Costume design: Tua Helve
Communications: Nassrah-Alexia Denif, Lisa Carolin Schubert
Communications Agency RÖD/ Katja Tolonen and Jenni Salminen
Production manager: Jenny Nordlund

Co-producers
Theater Rampe, Stuttgart (DE), ARGEkultur Salzburg (AT), Schwankhalle Bremen (DE)

Supporters
Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Helsinki City, Svenska kulturfonden, Konstsamfundet, Stiftelsen Tre Smeder, Nya klassiker

Premiere | January 28, 2023, Theater Rampe, Stuttgart
Premiere | December 2023, Teater Viirus, Helsinki