Bravo! Festival
14 to 21 March

TODAY’S theatre-goers have grown used to (some even weary of) multimedia experiments and envelope-pushing productions. Younger viewers should be no exception. Catering to that demand, Danish art collaboration Graense-Loes brings their production Fucking Alone to Helsinki for the Bravo! International Theatre Festival for Children and Youth.

Graense-Loes’ award-winning audiovisual performance grasps the difficult topic of human loneliness and focuses on people using technology instead of having real world contacts. Fucking Alone is described as a multimedia puppet theatre, with video projections and virtual media taking the stage as co-actors. The performance has gained international accolades, and teenagers and adults alike have enjoyed its modern object theatre and thought-provoking subject.

Apart from the harrowing Fucking Alone, which is recommended only for youths aged 13 or above, all other festival performances are suitable for toddlers too, including the quirky finger-puppetry of Living Hands (Italy) and the modern shadow theatre of iVi’s Life (France). Performances will take place in venues around Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa.

The Bravo! Festival is organised by Assitej Finland in collaboration with the cultural services of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa, the Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth and the Small size, big citizens –project.

Mari Kaislaniemi
Fucking Alone