Kekkonen Kekkonen Kekkonen

Unpolitical and heroic puppet theatre.

Kekkonen Kekkonen Kekkonen is a hearty tragedy in spirit of cutting edge contemporary Finnish theatre about the last great Finnish leader. It's a story about memory becoming brittle and the loneliness of a ruler. It's a praise to our own defective point of view. Kekkonen Kekkonen Kekkonen is a generation piece. The artists born on 70's and 80's explore president Kekkonen, as an attempt to see throught the big bald. It's also a cheerful reverse drive into what has been left of Kekkonen for us by the previous generations: the images, the stories, the myth.

Kekkonen Kekkonen Kekkonen is at the same time a large scale and a tiny scale performance. With eight actors and a four person brass band Kekkonen Kekkonen Kekkonen is one of the biggest puppetry productions in Finland. At the same time only thirty spectators can fit in the two and a half hour show. The piece is mobile and it's designed for old Kämpe House in Turku - for its four rooms, its yard and a basement next door.

Kekkonen Kekkonen Kekkonen was acknowledged by both Turun and Helsingin Sanomat newspapers as one of the highlights of Finnish cultural life of year 2011.

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Photos Henrik Mikander

Script Antti-Juhani Manninen, Merja Pöyhönen ja työryhmä
Direction Antti-Juhani Manninen ja Merja Pöyhönen
Visual concept Antti-Juhani Manninen
Stage setting Lotta Virtanen ja työryhmä
Puppets Antti-Juhani Manninen, Hilla Väyrynen ja työryhmä
Costume design Lotta Virtanen
Music Antti-Juhani Manninen, Oiva Ristimäki, Hilla Väyrynen
Also chosen musical excerpts from G.Holst. A.Hickman. M.Lagerspetz. O.Virta. T.Kärki. P. Frosini. J.Pettersen.
On stage Toni Kandelin, Leena Lahikainen, Antti-Juhani Manninen, Merja Pöyhönen, Ilmari Säävälä, Riina Tikkanen, Lotta Virtanen ja Hilla Väyrynen
Musicians 1.trumpetti: Oiva Ristimäki, 2.trumpetti: Pauli Nurmi, käyrätorvi: Merituuli Hirvonen ja pasuuna Jussi Tuukkanen.

Duration 2h 25 min
Premiere 11.11.2011
For adults.

"Kekkonen Kekkonen Kekkonen is a contemporary puppet theatre piece. It’s at the same time sober and absurdist essay on one of the most legendary Finnish persons ever lived… …A troupe of eight puppeteers-actors is convincing in their many roles and brings the puppets and objects magically to life… …Also the appearance of a four player brass band as well as collected video material from group’s Kekkonen expedition play in the same manner around on the oblique surfaces between appropriate and absurdist humor. Kekkonen Kekkonen Kekkonen pins the viewer into the instant of the performance full of hilarious surprises."

- Anniina Karhu / Turun Sanomat Newspaper

"Turku-based Dirty Duckling puppet theatre group’s performance Kekkonen Kekkonen Kekkonen basks in Surrealism. Towards the end of the performance that cruises from a place to another we gather to a room filled with shredded paper to eat sausage sandwiches, to drink red juice, and sing the Blue and White - and see: the slouching Kekkonen puppet in the corner comes to life. Such boundless joy of inventing and narrating I haven’t seen since the early Q-Theater performances."

- Jyrki Räikkä / Helsingin Sanomat Newspaper