Presentation of selected projects!
Earlier this year the Nordic institute on Åland (NIPÅ) was looking for participants who wanted to present their cultural event on Open Stage - a concept that enables more cultural events during the anniversary year Åland 100. NIPÅ received many interesting applications and have therefore chosen to do two rounds of wonderful events for Open Stage; four events in the autumn of 2021 and three in the spring of 2022.
Open Stage will offer a variety of culturally impressions, both in terms of expression, stories, ages and genre. It will be everything from intereseting craft talks to theater, dance and mediative concert where the audience lies down during the concert. The first four events in Open Stage will take place in the last week of October and the first week of November (25.10-5.11):
”Upptåg så in i Norden ” with Beppino il Mago
Beppe Lindström offers magic and theater with both comic and dramatic moments. The performance has the theme of "The Nordics" and entertains an audience of all ages. It will be a magical evening!
”Sounds in the dark” with Casper Lindroos
An ambient concert where the concertvisitor lies down in order to take in the experience. The music is created by analog cassette loops, tape recorders and digital drum machines. It will be a meditative atmosphere created by sounds taken from different Nordic countries.
”The space of sleep” with Catherine Frisk Grönberg (voice) Grete Sneltvedt (voice) Kjell Frisk (clarinet) Christoffer Isaksson (guitar)
A theatrical performance which, based on the poems of the French poet Robert Desno and with newly written music by Kjell Frisk, addresses the night, the silence and the oblivion but also the return and traces of our lives.
”Just before dark” with Helena Flöjt
It becomes intimate, atmospheric and uncluttered when Helena Flöjt performes her songs with the guitar. This is music that tells stories and touches your soul; Nordic written songs are mixed with borrowed melodies and translations from different times and countries, according to Nordic song tradition.
The second part of Öppen Scen will be presented in the spring of 2022 and then three more exciting events will be presented:
”A kantele on the run” with Stäni Stenbock
This is a performance with the instrument kantele in focus, Finland's national instrument where Stäni Stenbock sings and tells about the kantele. The show has previously been performed at schools, daycare centers, old people's homes and libraries etc. in Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, the Faroe Islands and Åland. Stäni has a nerve in his story that makes everyone listen with interest.
"One evening - three conversations about crafts" with conversation leader Nina Eriksén
Here, the Åland craft and handicraft are highlighted through three craft talks. There will be unexpected, fun and thought-provoking conversations with some of the most interesting and knowledgeable craftsmen on Åland. The conversation leader is the journalist and craftsman Nina Eriksén.
”Here and now” with Hanna Kivioja
An interactive and modern danceperformance created in collaboration with the audience. The visitors get to decide certain parts of the show; gets e.g. the dancer to see or talk, or do they want to determine some of the content such as a character or a mood? The performance is improvised directly according to the audience's rules. After the performance, the audience will also participate in a discussion about the experience of being part of creating a dance performance!
” – At the Nordic Institute, we are very happy for all the interesting applications and it is fantastic to have the opportunity to offer not just one round of Open Stage, but two; one this autumn and one in the spring of 2022. This is the institute's big "birthdaypresent" to Åland 100. A multifaceted palette of different expressions, ages, backgrounds and ways of expression! ” says Anna Lind Bengtsson, communications manager at NIPÅ.
The concept Open Stage is a good opportunity for e.g. a smaller ensemble that otherwise would not have the opportunity to perform their cultural events. Exact dates and more detailed descriptions for each event will be presented later.