WAUHAUS (Finland)

WAUHAUS (Finland)


The Companion is a private encounter between one audience member and a robotic dog. In the performance, the robot entices the human participant into different negotiations, interactions, and play. The encounter harnesses our innate curiosity and empathy towards all moving beings. What kind of agency are we willing to embrace? Are we ready to surrender to and trust a non-human companion?

“Robots can’t feel, but we feel for them.”
– Kate Darling, The New Breed

WAUHAUS is a Helsinki-based multidisciplinary arts collective. The works of WAUHAUS are situated between different genres of art and take place at various venues from small black box theatres to urban sites, large stadiums, and the main stages of established theatre houses.

WAUHAUS is already familiar to Estonian audiences, having performed at the Kanuti Gildi SAAL, STL and at the Baltoscandal Festival (in 2018, with their production “Flashdance”).

For buying the ticket choose suitable day and starting time (NB! The show is for one participant at a time with a duration of 20 minutes. Some of the times have been reserved for festival pass owners and are not on sale.)

BUY TICKET (sold out)

Thu 4.07 14:00–18:50 Kinomaja proovisaal

Fri 5.07 13:10–19:00 Kinomaja proovisaal

Sat 6.07 14:00–18:50 Kinomaja proovisaal

Sun 7.07 13:10–18:50 Kinomaja proovisaal

Duration: 20 min
In English
For one participant

Children aged 5–12 can experience an adapted version of the performance together with an accompanying adult.

Concept WAUHAUS; Choreography and direction Jarkko Partanen; Sound design Jussi Matikainen; Scenography Samuli Laine; Operation/Performance Jarkko Partanen & Jussi Matikainen; Concept art Heikki Ulmanen; Producer Julia Hovi; Production WAUHAUS.

Artists Jarkko Partanen, Jussi Matikainen, Laura Haapakangas from WAUHAUS; Visual design of the robot Kari Kankaanpää; Lighting design Mia Jalerva; Software development Aki Panuma (Probot); Producer Julia Hovi; Production WAUHAUS (FI), Black Box (NO), Kiasma Theatre (FI), in collaboration with Probot (FI).

Support: Nordic Culture Point, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, The Arts Promotion Centre Finland, City of Helsinki