A fierce comedy about friendship and idealism
”The deeper analysis of the performance stems from the dynamics of the relationship between the clowns and the cross lighting of the performers’ personal lives and Cervantes’s works. ★★★★ – Helsingin Sanomat newspaper.
”True virtuosity—the actors have the ability to be completely present and to juggle impulses.” – Etelä-Suomen Sanomat newspaper
”Just perfect!” – Spectator
Miguel de Cervantes’s classic novel is the mother of all road trips. The soundtrack of the idealistic journey is played live by the clowns: Jefferson Air- plane, John Lennon — and Juanes!
What do wandering the hot plains of La Mancha and skiing the snowy, frozen tundra of Lapland have in common? Who is an immigrant? What is humanity? What makes us all laugh? Where does our European culture come from? And, most importantly, what does a man or woman do when faced with injustices?
Don Quixote has been directed by Otso Kautto. Kautto is a Helsinki-based writer, an awarded theatre director and performing poet. In 2018 Kautto was elected director of TTT Theatre in Tampere, which is one of the three national main theatres in the country. He has directed both in big theatres as well as in small theatre groups, mostly at Theatre Quo Vadis and the Finnish National Theatre. He performs his poetry in the Poetry Band and is doing his PhD studies at the Theatre Academy where his research topic is sense of ritual.
Duration: 2 h 10 min, incl. intermission
Recommended age: For adults and young people 13 and up.
Languages: Finnish. Spanish and English versions available
Cast: Timo Ruuskanen & Tuukka Vasama
Directing and dramaturgy by : Otso Kautto, Timo Ruuskanen & Tuukka Vasama
Text: Miguel de Cervantes and the crew
Light and sound design: Jere Kolehmainen
Production: Niina Bergius, Anna Jauhola & Mika Vainio / Red Nose Company
Coproduction with: Theatre Quo Vadis, Kuopio City Theatre, Lahti City Theatre, TTT-Theatre (Tampere) and Turku City Theatre
Premiere: Jan 24, 2019, at Theatre Avoimet Ovet, Helsinki