Entertainment Island 1, 2, 3 — the Trilogy
Drilling through the vast world of entertainment and popular culture, from the shiny surface to the murky and private regions underneath, “Entertainment Island” is a project on popular culture and entertainment by the performance company Oblivia. Moving from the entertainment industry through local and to private entertainment, the trilogy explores entertainment and popular culture. The trilogy is shown as a full evening length work.
“Entertainment Island 1” is an energetic take on the structures of the entertainment industry. An array of gestures, movements and sounds emanating from the entertainment industry are presented in this energetic performance unveiling the mechanisms of popular culture. We spent weeks doing funny walks and telling bad jokes while pulling out false limbs and making funny faces. We were stuck and not the least funny. We had to face what we knew from the start: we are not entertainers. Entertainment Island 1 premiered during the /theatre.now festival at Kiasma Theatre.
“Entertainment Island 2” is a hilarious performance on lifestyle, news and soap operas, where local culture meets global. Entertainment Island 2 premiered in November 2009 during the Baltic Circle festival.
“Entertainment Island 3” shows the dark side of popular culture through a look at private entertainment in a minimalist manner characteristic for Oblivia. There we were, locked in a dark rehearsal room wondering what would be the next approach in our exploration of entertainment. We found ourselves submerged in the darkest recesses of a warped imagination. The notion of private entertainment led to an excursion into the world of voyeur. Entertainment Island 3 premiered 18 November 2010 during the Baltic Circle festival.
- About Oblivia
Oblivia was founded in 2000 in Helsinki, the international performance company Oblivia is a unique force on the Finnish performance scene. Working from grand ideas to minimalist performances Oblivia merge the boundaries of genres and nationalities. The background of Oblivia’s members from Finland and UK are in music, dance and theory. This mixture creates a vibrant tension and humour in the work. From the beginning the core members have been working together creating a common performance language. Kiasma Theatre has co-produced the Entertainment Island project.
Choreography & performed by: Timo Fredriksson, Anna Krzystek, Annika Tudeer. Light design: Meri Ekola. Sound design: Juuso Voltti. Photography: Eija Mäkivuoti. Co-production: Kiasma Theatre, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki. Supported by: CCA Centre for Contemporary Art, PACT Zollverein, Produforum, Svenska Kulturfonden, Arts Council Finland, Arts Council Helsinki.
- Entertainment Island 1, 2, 3 — the Trilogy
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