TEEMU MÄKI:  THEATRE / DANCE / OPERA


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A scene from The Gospel of Christmas, Kiasma Theatre of the Finnish National Gallery, 2018.


ÉLIANE (2020–2021)

HOMO SECUNDUS / SEKUNDAIHMINEN (2019–2020)

THE GOSPEL OF CHRISTMAS / JOULUEVANKELIUMI (2018)

YOU'LL BE A TREE / SINUSTA TULEE KOIVU (2017)

JUDGE'S WIFE / TUOMARIN VAIMO (2017)

TRANSFORMATIONS (2016)

BLISS / AUTUUS (2015 & 2021)

TEOREEMA (2014)

WOYZECKMATERIAL (2012)

ALL MATTERS / KAIKKI VAIKUTTAA (2011)

HELSINKI BY SKODA (2011)

HARMONY / HARMOONIA (2008)

BADMINTON OPERA / SULKAPALLO-OOPPERA (2005)

RUMARYHMÄ (2003–2004)

AMORALIA (2003)

PUSSYHEAD INTERMEDIA (1999–?)

EVERY MAN IS AN ISLAND (1995–1996)

HISTORY (1994)

I direct theatre, dance and opera. I also usually write the scripts.

I'm originally a painter, so when I first started to make also live art, it was performance art. Then I migrated into theatre — or some kind of theatre.

It has been very rewarding to me to work in different realms simultaneously: visual art, literature, performing arts, film and theory — in no hierarchical order.

This multiplicity also gives my work in live arts its special qualities (be they good or bad).

My works in this field can be difficult to categorize, since I often combine various forms and genres in a quite democratic manner.

However, to me it's all theatre: performers working for or with audience in a live situation.







ÉLIANE

Premiere 14.1.2020 (Vaba Lava Theater).
Directed by Teemu Mäki & Maija Nurmio.
More info here. / Lisää tietoa täällä.






 
Homo Secundus — Sekundaihminen

Premiere 27.9.2019 (Telakka Theatre).
Written by Miko Kivinen & Teemu Mäki, directed by Teemu Mäki.
More info here. / Lisää tietoa täällä.

 


 


Jouluevankeliumi / The Gospel of Christmas

Premiere 7.12.2018 (Kiasma Theatre / Finnish National Gallery).
Written and directed by Teemu Mäki.
More info here. / Lisää tietoa täällä.

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Sinusta tulee koivu / You'll Be a Tree

Premiere 15.10.2017.
A dance piece. With words and music. Directed by Teemu Mäki.
More info here.

 




 

Judge's Wife / Tuomarin vaimo

Premiere 16.3.2017.
A chamber opera composed by Riikka Talvitie, directed by Teemu Mäki.
More info here.



 




TRANSFORMATIONS
Rewriting Masculinity / Otteita maskuliinisuuden sanakirjasta


Premiere 17.3.2016.
A theatre work by Teemu Mäki & Transforces.
Directed by Teemu Mäki.
More info here.







 
AUTUUS / BLISS

Premiere 16.8.2015, updated version performed in 2021.
A chamber opera composed by Antti Auvinen.
Libretto by Harry Salmenniemi.
Directed by Teemu Mäki.
More info here.

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TEOREEMA (Rakkausnäytelmä) / TEOREEMA (Love Play)

Ensi-ilta 28.3.2014. / Premiere 28.3.2014.
Inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini's film and novel Teorema (1968).
More info here.

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WOYZECKMATERIAL

A theatre / dance / performance work by Teemu Mäki & Arja Tiili at Teater Viirus.

Script: Teemu Mäki.
Direction: Teemu Mäki & Arja Tiili.
Choreography: Arja Tiili.
Premiere at Teater Viirus, Helsinki, 12.10.2012.
Performers: Maria Ahlroth, Pelle Heikkilä, Viktor Idman, Eleni Pierides, Jenni Urpilainen.
Duration: 2 hours 25 minutes.






ALL MATTERS – NO ESCAPE / KAIKKI VAIKUTTAA (2. versio)

A dance theatre work by Teemu Mäki & Arja Tiili.

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Script, choreography and direction by Teemu Mäki & Arja Tiili.
Dancers: Elina Häyrynen, Ima Iduozee, Olle Söderström, Laura Vesterinen.
Music & rapping: Kasperi Laine & ...
Lights: Meri Ekola.
Premier: BodyWord Festival St. Petersburg, Russia, 17.5.2011.
Finnish Premiere: Cultural Arena Gloria Helsinki, 20.8.2011.
Duration: 93 minutes.



HELSINKI BY SKODA

Helsinki by Skoda is a participatory, site-specific journey through Helsinki
by Skoda with Niina Hosiasluoma & Teemu Mäki & Pilvi Porkola.
All performances sold out by the premiere, which was 9.8.2011.






ALL MATTERS (1.version, demo) / KAIKKI VAIKUTTAA (1. versio, demo)

A dance theatre piece by United Snakes, directed by Teemu Mäki & Arja Tiili.
Dancers: Petri Kanerva, Kaisa Niemi, Jani-Matti Salo, Arja Tiili. Music: Kasperi Laine.
P
remiere in Kiasma Theatre of the Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, 5.8.2010.






HARMOONIA

A play I wrote (2006–2007) with Juha-Pekka Hotinen. I directed it in Teater Von Krahl, Tallinn, Estonia (premiere: 29.1.2008).

viha/majandus/nauding

hate/economy/pleasure

viha/talous/nautinto

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HARMONY info and pictures






BADMINTON OPERA / SULKAPALLO-OOPPERA

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Badminton opera info and pictures                     Sulkapallo-ooppera infoa ja kuvia

 





RUMARYHMÄ (UGLY PEOPLE)

A group working on interdisciplinary performances, installations and exhibitions, 2003–2004.
Pia Karaspuro, Jouko Kyhälä, Teemu Mäki, Outi Pulkkinen, Päivi Rissanen and various guests.






AMORALIA

Amoralia was written and directed by Pauliina Hulkko. I participated as an actor. It premiered in
  Kiasma Theatre, Contemporary Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland, 2003.


Not really my work, I was just one ot the three performers/actors in it,
but I'm nonetheless listing it here, because it was an important experience and learning experience for me.
Thanks to Pauliina, Jussi and Sanna!






DRAHTOPHONE INTERMEDIA / PUSSYHEAD INTERMEDIA / ART BLENDER

These have been improvisation collectives consisting of mainly painters, musicians and dancers. In our performances, since 1999, we have let painting, music, dance, (pre-written) poetry and performative actions collide in a freewheeling manner, not worrying about the cohesion of the resultant "Gesamtkunstverk", taking instead pleasure in the suprises it has thrown at as.





EVERY MAN IS AN ISLAND

This was a  collaboration with Ilkka Sariola.
We performed various versions of this performance in 1995-1996, in Finland, Russia and Lithuania.
Every Man Is An Island script and images






HISTORY

This was a performance written by Juha-Pekka Hotinen.
I participated as the performer, in Moscow, Russia 1994.

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History performance, Moscow Contemporary Art Center 15.9.1994