The Charm of Burnt Fields


A physical-psychedelic introspective tragedy in a comic-poetic key. Or vice versa. It all depends on your viewpoint.

This very physical, comic and, when necessary, even blissfully tragic production demonstrates that when the theatre is alive, the classical narrative can be discarded without any qualms. - Keiu Virro, Eesti Päevaleht

Renate Keerd has managed to take the physical means of expression and create a completely universal stage language easily understood by all, and its resourcefulness, wittiness and boundless humour never cease to surprise. It speaks to those who are looking for laughs as well as those who seek more profound philosophical ideas. - Põim Kama, Postimees

The production provides the viewer with a chance to kick over their brimming bucket of inner shit, to cast off the burden that has weighed down their soul - their position, their obligations, the inevitability of life, the anxiety of language, the dishes piling up in the dishwasher, dead-end thoughts, the birthday of the mother-in-law. And tear off their clothes and get down to their underwear, and rampage, roar, wallow, ram, pound, leave behind the stupid thoughts and poisonous emotional fumes circulating in their systems and escape into pure bodily ecstasy. And then, having exhausted themselves and cleansed themselves at of the altar of love, they can go back to their homes with grey walls and white ceilings, switch on the dishwasher and lie down next to their spouses, without soaking their pillows with longing. - Katrin Maimik, Andres Maimik, Eesti Ekspress

Renate Keerd is freelance director and choreographer. Her productions have been performed in numerous theatre and dance festivals in Europe, Scandinavia and Asia. Her works have been described as provocative, humorous, inventive, poetic, witty and sharp. She has received the Philip Morris Estonia Dance Award twice. In 2015 her performance PURE MIND won the Grand Prix in an International Theatre Festival held in Minsk. In 2016 she was the laureate of Estonian Annual Theatre Awards. In 2012 she founded her own physical theatre company Kompanii NII.



Author, director, designer and musical designer: Renate Keerd

Performers: Liisa Tetsmann, Taavi Rei, Gerda-Anette Allikas

Lighting design: Taavi Toom, Renate Keerd

Production: Tartu New Theatre and Kompanii Nii

Supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia



Premiere: 12.03.2015 Tartu New Theatre

Duration: 80min

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6 July  22.00-23.30  SCHOOL HALL     SOLD OUT

7 July 16.00-17.30   SCHOOL HALL     SOLD OUT