Why do people leave home? How do people come home?
“There is dust from wars and earthquakes at home, / motes of dead people on the enamel wash basin.”
Esther and Erkki are searching for their homes. Where is home now, after the wars, earthquakes, and other disasters? Can a home be found, or can it be made? What does it mean to leave home? What happens to the dead and abandoned homes without their inhabitants, without wives, children, fathers?
Two singers play Erkki and Esther, a couple that contemplates their experiences live on stage while the other couple, two dancers, appear on video projection. Esther and Erkki are always in between – their stories mix and tangle. The main theme of the act is the feeling of foreignness and externality, which are familiar to all people who have been forced to leave their homes.
Premiere: 29 September, 2017
The piece has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the Council of Oulu Region, and it was selected by the Prime Minister’s Office for the official program celebrating the 100 years of Finland’s independence in 2017.
Duration: ca. 55 min
- Clarinet – Markku Korhonen
- Cello – Iiris Tötterström
- Piano – Sara Larikka
- Photographs and Visuals – Maiju Pohjanheimo and Peter Strebel
- Cinematography – Pekka Pohjanheimo
- Costumes – Katja Iljana
- Script and Director – Jenni Kinnunen
- Composer – Jouko Tötterström
Special thanks to SP-Koti Oulu, Pirkko Karvali and Päivi Vuorio.