WOYZECKMATERIAL

theater / dance / performance work
by
Teemu Mäki &
Arja Tiili & Teater Viirus

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Who has power over you?
Who are you exploiting? Who are the Woyzecks of today?

WOYZECKMATERIAL

Premiere at Teater Viirus, Helsinki, 12.10.2012.

Duration: 2 hours 25 minutes.


Directors: Teemu Mäki & Arja Tiili (www.teemumaki.com & www.arjatiili.fi)
Script: Teemu Mäki.
Choreography: Arja Tiili.
Performers (actors & dancers): Maria Ahlroth, Pelle Heikkilä, Viktor Idman, Eleni Pierides and Jenni Urpilainen.
Scenography and clothing: Lars Idman.
Arrangements of live music: Iiro Ollila.
Choice of music: Teemu Mäki & Arja Tiili.
Light design: Ada Halonen.
Produced by Teater Viirus & Arja Tiili & Co /Intomieliset ry.

WOYZECKMATERIAL s a version of and commentary on Georg Büchner's (1814–1837) play Woyzeck (1837). Only a few sentences from Büchner's original text have been used in Woyzeckmaterial. In this play dance, video and music are as important as dialogue and narrative. The basic tone of the work is Brechtian, as the characters both play the original, Büchnerian roles, and also verbally comment on their own character and story as if from the outside – i.e. a very basic alienation effect, verfremdungseffekt, is in use.

LANGUAGE

Written in Finnish, translated to Swedish, premiere in Swedish, with Finnish surtitles. English translation is in the works.

PRO (Woyzeck speaks)

"Woyzeck is the first famous play, which critisizes simultaneously all the following: 1) the state, 2) the military, 3) the fanatic belief in technological progress, and 4) the bourgeois nuclear family. And about the fifth line of thought, of Woyzeck's – both of the play and of its main character – of Woyzeck's radical relationship with Nature, how he anticipates that mankind with all its machinery will not win over Nature, and how on one hand he is horrified by mankind's upcoming defeat and on the other hand he is bewitched by Nature's grimness, of all this I could talk about endlessly..."

CONTRA (Drum Major speaks)

"...what I find so fuckin' irritating is that kind of daydreamers, that kind of eternal Woyzecks, shitty martyr-idiots, who first go and work shitty jobs for a ridiculously small pay or live as spouses of some narcissistic asshole year after year sobbing and then when no one comes to rescue them with a white horse, no matter how hard they have, with a screamingly loud understatement, signalled that they've been terribly exploited and politically ass-raped, then they in the end just fade away into the addictland or loony bin – or stab a bloke. Or stab a broad. And stab a couple of kids too as a bonus."

TAGS

Working life. Nuclear family. Honor Killing. And the Joy of life. Büchner, Brecht, Naomi Klein, Peter Handke, Class society, Occupy movement and Ecocatastrophe.


RECORDED MUSIC

Thomas Köner (1965–): "Kanon (Part 1: Brohuk)" (1994).
Rodion Shchedrin (1932–): Carmen Suite (1967), parts 9 and 2. Recording: State Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Vladimir Spivakov (1984).
William Byrd (1539–1623): "Hughe Ashton's Ground", Glenn Gould's (1932–1982) recording.
Mary J. Blige (1971–): "No More Drama" (2001), Thunderpuss remix.
Scion: "Part 7 (7.1 Cyrus - Enforcement 7.2 Basic Channel - Phylyps Trak Ⅱ/Ⅲ)" (2002).
Alec Empire (1972–): "When You've Reached Your Peak It's Time to Die" (1996).
Val Rosing (with Henry Hall and His Orchestra): "Teddy Bears' Picnic / Jos metsään haluat mennä nyt" (1932).

LIVE MUSIC, SUNG BY THE PERFORMERS

"Yksin oot sinä ihminen", composer Kaj Chydenius (1939–), lyrics V. A. Koskenniemi (1885–1962).
"Taivas on sininen ja valkoinen", traditional.
"Olen kommunisti", composer Eero Ojanen (1943–), lyrics Nazim Hikmet (1902–1963).
"Und Endlich", composer Hanns Eisler (1898–1962), lyrics Peter Altenberg (1859–1919).

VIDEOS

All video clips used in the play are by Teemu Mäki, except Ghost Ride (2010), which is an autonomous video work by Timo Bredenberg (1984–). Also, Teemu Mäki's "Hitler-Woyzeck", made for this play, is a detourned extract from Oliver Hirschbiegel's (1957–) wonderful film Untergang (The Downfall / Perikato, 2004).


FEEDBACK

A review in Liikekieli.com, 4.11.2012
A review in Huvudstadsbladet, 15.10.2012
A review in Helsingin Sanomat, 14.10.2012
A review in Borgåbladet & Östra Nyland, 14.10.2012
A review in Ny Tid, 22.10.2012

CONTACT

Matilda Sundström, matilda(at)viirus.fi, www.viirus.fi
Arja Tiili  www.arjatiili.fi
Teemu Mäki www.teemumaki.com


MORE INFO

Woyzeckmaterial info in Finnish on Teater Viirus website.

Woyzeckmaterial info in Swedish on Teater Viirus website.

TRAILER


Watch trailer of Woyzeckmaterial, Helsinki, October 2012

FOR PERFORMANCE DATES IN HELSINKI, AUTUMN 2012, GO TO THE WEBSITE OF TEATER VIIRUS





























Photos of
Woyzeckmaterial on this page: © Jonatan Sundström, except for the grainy iPhone images, which are by Teemu Mäki.


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