Tainaron paints a picture of the future – a future which is already here, but hard for us to see.
Newly arrived in the city of Tainaron, our narrator discovers its strange way of life. Here, transformation is part of the daily routine, blurring the boundaries between people, animals and plants. As a place, Tainaron is hard to pin down: totally unrecognizable and yet disturbingly familiar. It is a realm populated by sapient insects, apparently doomed to imminent destruction. The outsider observes the city’s way of life with curiosity, and sends letters to those of us who are still here, in the world we know, blindly immersed in our own reality.
Against a magical dystopia full of poetry and hope, the work explores life’s process of mourning the past, encountering the unknown and accepting change.
The live music has been especially composed for the piece by Aino Venna. Leena Krohn is one of Finland’s most internationally acclaimed authors, and Tainaron is her breakthrough novel from the 1980’s.
ON STAGE Kati Outinen and Aino Venna
ORIGINAL NOVEL by Leena Krohn
DIRECTED by Essi Rossi
ADAPTATION by Iida Hämeen-Anttila and Essi Rossi
DRAMATURGES Essi Rossi and Iida Hämeen-Anttila
SET AND LIGHTNING DESIGNER Milla Martikainen
VIDEO DESIGNERS Milla Martikainen and Aino Venna
COSTUME DESIGNER Auli Turtiainen
MUSIC by Aino Venna
SOUND DESIGNER Pauli Riikonen
MAKE UP DESIGNER Krista Karppinen