a fairy tale ballet

(World Expo 1)

English / Suomeksi

Written and directed by Teemu Mäki.

A dance piece about the sixth extinction and the art of happiness.

Themes: climate change, the 6th extinction, technology, mortality, pleasure, touch, good life.

In Finnish, with English surtitles.
Suitable for adults and children over 12 years old.

Duration: ∼ 3,5 h (with an intermission)

Script & Direction:
Teemu Mäki.
(Citations: Stephen Hawking, V.A. Koskenniemi, Pentti Saarikoski.)
Choreography: Hanna Ahti & Maija Mustonen & all of us.
Performers: Hanna Ahti, Krista-Julia Arppo, Maija Karhunen, Maija Mustonen,
Laura Rämä, Olavi Uusivirta and Mirka Viitala.
Additional performers, through video & audio recordings: Teemu Mäki, Yvette Odjo.

Live music, interpreted by pianist Mirka Viitala.
Compositions by
Mamoru Fujieda, Toivo Kuula, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Domenico Scarlatti, Galina Ustvolskaya and Iannis Xenakis.

Light design: Ada Halonen.
Cinematography: Jonatan Sundström.
Photography: Jonatan Sundström & Teemu Mäki.
Sound design, direction of videos: Teemu Mäki.
Scenography: Teemu Mäki, Tuomas Niemelä, Titta Vilhunen.

Producer: Ulrika Vilke / Rospuutto.


Premiere: Sunday 15.10.2017, at 15:00, at STOA, Helsinki, Finland.

Follow the event in Facebook.

This piece is a part of the MAAILMANNÄYTTELY series.

"If at least three quarters of all species become extinct, the phenomenon is called a mass extinction wave. There have been five waves so far. The latest one swept through land, sea and atmosphere approximately 65 million years ago. At that time, a large asteroid hit the Yucatan peninsula, causing a climate shift. The shift killed off the dinosaurs as a species — and also three quarters of all other animal and plant species in existence on Earth at the time."

"A sixth wave of mass extinction is currently underway. It is the first one caused by an animal. It is caused by humans. It is humankind’s most notable accomplishment thus far, because it influences life on Earth more than anything else we have done."

"At the moment, we are dumping one truckload of plastic waste in the sea each minute. By the year 2050, the rate is likely to increase to four truckloads per minute. What does this mean? It means that by 2050 the world’s oceans will contain more plastic than fish. And if the fish populations keep plummeting at their current rate, the amount of plastic will surpass the amount of fish much earlier.

This is the truth about us. But not the whole truth. There has to be something more."


Welcome to the World Expo.


We have no new machines to show and market to you.


We have no economic accomplishments to share with you.


We have no exotic animals to entertain you with.


We have something else. We have old machines, such as the piano, the electric light, and the human body.

We have nothing against technology.

We are technological creatures. 

Without technology, I’d have gone deaf at the age of six.

Without technology, I’d be almost blind.

Without technology, most of us would be dead already.

Technology is the answer.

Technology is the answer to some questions.

Technology is a shovel.

A shovel that digs a hole.

If the hole is not needed, the shovel creates a need.

The shovel creates countless needs that only the shovel can satisfy.

The human shovels or hacks away all things that stop him from enjoying life.

The human buys all instruments of pleasure he thinks he needs.


What happens then?


The human becomes a shovel.


Or the shovel’s shaft.


We are fighting against it.


We are fighting by dancing.


Our fighting is ridiculous and childish.


We are children.


Feedback / Palautetta:

Tuomas Rantanen: "Kaikki maailman koivut, yhtykää!", Voima-lehden Kulttuuriseinä, 19.10.2017.


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