A fierce comedy about friendship and idealism
Actors Timo Ruuskanen and Tuukka Vasama have been working together as a clown duo since 2012. After five years on tour, it was inevitable to let their clowns Mike & Zin become Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. So, here they are, two arctic clowns—the tall one and the short one— on their endless journey to save the world.
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 is so far the biggest production of Red Nose Company bringing to cooperate six important theatres from Finland. The show has received great revues, and has been a great success with the audiences. In 2019 and 2020, it will have over 100 performances in Finland
The performance is directed by Otso Kautto. This is his third work with Mike & Zin, which can be seen in the seamless result.
Don Quixote is a large co-production with independent theatre groups Red Nose Company and Quo Vadis, together with city theatres from Kuopio, Lahti, Tampere and Turku. The premiere was in January 2019, and the performance will be shown over 100 times during the next two years.
Duration: 2 h 10 min, incl. intermission
Recommended age: For adults and young people 13 and up.
Languages: Finnish. Spanish and English versions available
Performances in spring 2020: Helsinki, Tampere, Lappeenranta, Nurmijärvi, Savonlinna.
Cast: Timo Ruuskanen and Tuukka Vasama
Directed by: Otso Kautto, Timo Ruuskanen and Tuukka Vasama
Dramaturgy: Timo Ruuskanen, Tuukka Vasama and Otso Kautto
Text: Miguel de Cervantes and the crew
Light Design and Touring Manager: 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)
”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
”Outstanding, multi-layered, entertaining”
”Amazing clownery; the timing is perfect! Very thought-provoking!”
Timo Ruuskanen (b. 1973) holds a degree in acting from the Theatre Academy Helsinki. He’s based in Helsinki and does theater, television and movies. He has acted both in big theaters (the Finnish National Theatre, Helsinki City Theatre, Espoo City Theatre and Kuopio City Theatre) as well as in a number of theater groups. He specializes in clownery, improvisation and puppetry and also teaches them. He has also written and directed (several) plays.
Tuukka Vasama (b. 1978) holds a degree in acting from Theatre Acedemy Helsinki. He specializes in clownery, music, poetry, drama and live art. His monologue performances have been awarded in Germany (Thespis Monodrama Festival), Lithuania (Monobaltija Festival) and Finland. In 2018, he received the Artist of the Year Award from the City of Helsinki. He is a frequent guest on the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle’s radio programs. Besides the big city theaters, Tuukka Vasama has always worked with the independent theaters, with a focus on acting, directing and producing.
Otso Kautto (b. 1962) is a Helsinki-based writer, an awarded theater director and performing poet. In 2018 Kautto was elected director of TTT Theatre in Tampere, which is one of the three national main theaters in the country. He has directed both in big theaters as well as in small theater 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. He has visited festivals in Mexico, Chile, Spain, France, Germany, Sweden, Russia, Poland and Belgium.
Otso Kautto has directed three performances for Red Nose Company. Ruuskanen and Vasama have worked with Kautto regulary from 2012 and Kautto has been an important “member of the band” in the process of creating their own theatrical style.