Premiere 18 November 2021 | Kanneltalo, Helsinki
RÈvolution is here and ready to give the stage to the Invisible Ones!
RÉvolution is the second performance from the clown-duo Babylon and Ré. The performance studies the meaning of being seen through clownery and comedy. How one finds an own voice and how to make it heard? Whose responsibility is it to talk about oppression and can guilt be the force of change?
Introvert and shy Ré is musically oriented, helpful and adjustable, where Babylon is known for her passion for making Art on stage. Babylon is the expert in all areas and doesn’t let anyone forget that. Ré’s previous experiences as Babylon’s servant have finally led her to start a revolution. Ré takes the power into her hands and is in lead for the first time, and Babylon is forced to settle for a very unfamiliar and uncharacteristic supporting role.
The clown-duo is facing a turmoil of power structures when trying to cooperate with one another. What happens when the power has a new leader? How does Ré use her position and to what’s’ benefit? Will Ré be the pioneer of all oppressed? Whilst Ré is struggling in the riptides of guilt and privilege, Babylon focuses all her energy into serving Ré’s art of acting.
The performance is ready to tour in English in summer 2023. RÉvolution is an independent sequel to Babylon, which premiered in 2018.
Running time at full length Approx. 120 minutes
Stage required Height 3m, width 7m, depth 6m
Set up time 5–8 hours
No. of people on tour 4
No. of performers 2
Language options English (summer 2023), Finnish
English subtitles available
Recommended ages For adults and youth 13+
Touring season Negotiable
Availability for workshops Yes
Directed by Niina Sillanpää
Text Minna Puolanto, Hanna Seppä & Niina Sillanpää
Dramaturgy Minna Puolanto, Milja Sarkola, Hanna Seppä & Niina Sillanpää
Performers Minna Puolanto & Hanna Seppä
Light & sound design Juha Tuisku
Costume designer and seamstress Virve Karoliina Balk
Stage design The crew
Production Red Nose Company
Co-production Kanneltalo, Lahti City Theatre, Lovers Theatre