SPROUTHEATER PROJECT: LITTLE WONDERS / SOUTH KOREA (0+)

Three small performances for babies from South Korea.

Duration: 10 minutes/performance
Recommended age: 0-2
Language: Wordless

TheatreBLIK: HOV! / DENMARK (1+)

A piece of paper
a leaf
a flower
a mountain
a frog
a dress

Life is full of surprises.

Nothing is as we expect it, everything changes and moves. Paper, in all its fragility and diversity, is the protagonist. Origami, music, paper folds and shapes create a performance about life’s diverse and chaotic beauty. Like abstract painting and newly composed music in a universe of delicate, transitory paper in constant transformation.

Original idea: Gertrud Exner
Performer: Maria Grønlund Malling
Director: Lisa Becker
Music: Claus Carlsen
Costumes and paper: Trine Walther
Recommended age: 1-4
Duration: 30 min
Language: wordless

LA BARACCA TESTONI RAGAZZI: UPSIDE DOWN / ITALY (1+) 

Two surreal characters live on different planes, they move along opposite sides and look at things from different points of view. Each of them lives life with their own certainties and fears, both scared but curious to meet the other. Then, one day, the encounter. Maybe by chance, maybe not, spaces turn upside down and points of view cross in an upturned place: a new, shared space where words told with the eyes and words drawn on blank sheets of paper become stories. The show is visually ever-changing, objects and spaces change according to the eyes of the watcher.

Director: Andrea Buzzetti, Enrico Montalbani and Carlotta Zini
Performers: Andrea Buzzetti and Carlotta Zini
Costumes: Tanja Eick
Scenographer: Vanni Braga
Graphic design: Enrico Montalbani
Recommended age: 1-6
Duration: 35 min
Language: wordless

A LINE ART: READY, STEADY, COLOR! / GREAT BRITAIN (2+)

Come in to our make-believe restaurant. Grab a table, choose your ‘food’ and then colour it in. Ready Steady Colour is an interactive theatre experience for all the family that encourages audiences to get creative together. Designed by A Line Art and set in a pop-up restaurant, simply turn up, order your black and white ‘plate of food’ and then get colouring! While you’re decorating your plate with glittery ketchup or yellow paint mustard, our restaurant’s colourful waiting staff will entertain you with comedy, music and storytelling. Ready Steady Colour functions like a real restaurant. People will be able to walk in at serving times or be able to pre-book to avoid disappointment.

Director: Toby Hulse
Performers: Anna Bruder, Arji Manuelpillai, Joe Fleming
Recommended age: 2+
Language: English, interpreter present.
Duration: 35 min

A LINE ART: READY, STEADY, GO / GREAT BRITAIN (3+)

Ready, Steady, GO! Welcome to the driving school! First, you get to create and colour your own car. Then we will accelerate through an adventure involving a car wash, road works and snowy roads. Let’s have fun and remember road safety, honk honk!

Director: Toby Hulse
Performers: Anna Bruder, Arji Manuelpillai, Joe Fleming
Recommended for ages 3 and up. 
Duration: 50 minutes. 
Performed in English, interpreter present.

GRUS GRUS THEATRE: BRICH MOUSE AND SHREW / FINLAND (4+)

The Birchmouse and Shrew Mouse is an adventure story about accepting difference and overcoming fears. The praised Grus Grus Theatre’s interpretation of Esko-Pekka Tiitinen's fairy tale book is an imaginative combination of drawing, theatre and traditional storytelling. A visually fascinating and heart-warming drama for the whole family.

Original work: Esko-Pekka Tiitinen and Tuula Tiitinen
Adaptation: Ville Kurki and Sofia Molin
Director: Ville Kurki
Performer, drawer: Sofia Molin
Sound desing: Kalle Terästö
Visual desing: workgroup
Production: Grus Grus Teatteri ry.
Recommended age: 4-10
Duration: 40 min
Language: Finnish / Swedish

THEATRE KOJAN: LITTLE PRINCE / FINLAND (5+)

“It is only with the heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

A pilot has been forced to land his plane in the desert. While working on repairing his plane, THE Little Prince shows up. The prince comes from another planet, called ASTERIOD B612, that is as small as a house. He tells the pilot about his exciting journey among the heavenly bodies. He has met, for example, a talking snake, a domineering king, a geographer who never travels and a wise fox.

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is an adventure for the whole family, filled with enthusiasm, fantasy and wonder. The story is about love, curiosity and what is really important in life.

Performers: Axel Hanses, Ida Törnroos, Kaisa Lallukka, 
Music and Scenographer: Simon Strömsund
Recommended age: 5-12 
Language: Swedish
Duration: 45 min

DOBLE MANDOBLE: MI OTRO YO – OTHER ME / BELGIUM (7+)

In a fantasy universe, not a million miles from our own reality, a day goes by, filled with unexpected situations which bring our protagonists face to face with their multiple identities. We start with the story of two characters, mix in a bit of the absurd, some eggs and a pinch of innocence and we get a delicious, natural, fresh... chicken? Playing with the threshold of surrealism, Mi otro yo fuses magic with acrobatics and physical theatre, creating a result permeated by humour and poetry.

Director: Rudi Skoctheim Jensen
Performers Luis Córdob and Miguel Córdoba
Scenographer: Thyl Beniest and Sebastien Boucheri
Lights: Thyl Beniest
Costumes: Rosana Lugo Fábregas
Production: Doble Mandoble
Recommended age: 7+
Language: wordless
Duration: 60 min 

ARIEL DORON: PLASTIC HEROES / ISRAEL (12+)

A war begins, and heroes are needed now. In this war, the soldiers are tiny and the battlefield is a table. Where did that tiger come from? Completely absurd – but that is exactly what war is.

Directed and performed by: Ariel Doron
Artistic consultant: Shahar Marom
Co-directors: Rotem Elroy, David Lockard
Language: almost wordless/English
Recommended age: 12 and up. 
Duration 45 minutes.

PIIP JA TUUT TEATER: HAMLET / ESTONIA (13+)

The main storyline of classical “Hamlet” has not changed, but this time it is played out by two clowns who incarnate ten different roles. Language: English with a bit of Finnish

Some particularly important present themes are being emphasized more than others – a neighbouring military activity, the conflict between fiction and reality, the humanity.

Director: Lauris Gundars
Scenographer: Jaanus Laagriküll
Performers: Toomas Tross, Haide Männamäe
Composer and musician: Siim Aimla
Recommended age: over 13 years
Language: English/Estonian/Finnish
Duration: 2 h 30 min with interval

CHILDREN´S CITY – WORKSHOPS

In Jänis Talonen’s children´s city, children themselves are the houses. What kind of house would you be?

A block of flats, a terraced house, a tiny cottage, maybe a palace? Striped, chequered, floral or dotted? Does your house have doors, windows, a cat flap? Do curtains billow in the windows? Maybe the house is an inventor´s house, but how do you know? Participants will be drawn from among those who register.

SAUNABUS CALLS!

In honour of the Helsinki Sauna Day, celebrated on 10 March, a sauna bus will join in the fun on the opening day of the Bravo! Festival. The sauna bus is a mobile sauna unit, mostly made from recycled materials in a 70´s fire truck, complete with a wood-burning sauna stove which ensures an enjoyably soft but powerful sauna bath. Welcome for a moment to warm up or relax fully in the heat – it´s up to you! 
Sauna bus stops include: Pikku-Aurora Art House at 10.00, Kanneltalo at 13.00