Old Masters / Vanhat mestarit
In the Bordone Room of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, there hangs a famous work by Tintoretto: Portait of a White-Bearded Man. Sitting in quiet contemplation of the painting is Reger, music critic and tireless seeker of authenticity. Reger in turn is being contemplated by author and philosopher Atzbacher, who himself is contemplated by the museum attendant Irrsigler.
Sporting long white beards as in Tintoretto’s portrait, each of these three men has been placed on his own white pedestal. The ensuing discourse flows like a piece of music, creating a performance whose thematic sweep encompasses replicas, forgeries, loneliness, originality, theatre, kitsch, graveyards, Viennese toilets and monstrously over-rated old masters.
Berhard’s hilariously vitriolic critique, first published in 1985, is a modern classic.
CAST Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Hannu Kivioja & Markku Maalismaa
ORIGINAL NOVEL by Thomas Bernhard
CONCEIVED, ADAPTED AND DIRECTED by Minna Leino
FINNISH TRANSLATION Tarja Roinila
ENGLISJ SUBTITLES Káthe Kuzay
ARTISTIC DESIGN Minna Leino & artistic team: Jari Kettunen, Kati Lukka, Kare Markkola, Heikki Nylund, Johanna Storm, Ville Toikka & Auli Turtiainen
PROMPTER/ORGANIZER Pia Suuronen
DRAMATURGS Jukka-Pekka Pajunen & Eva Buchwald