Den Stora Elden is a modern fable about two villages in a valley next to a river. One side of the valley grows grapes for wine and on the other oxen, cows, horses and sheep graze. Summer brings heat waves, drought, storm and rain. But only the village on one side is affected by flooding, death and disease. The teacher wonders “How can this be?” “This summer nothing is divided equally”. While one side bury their dead, the miller on the other side transforms his mill into a resort for partying tourists. When a great fire completely burns down the affected village the survivors board a boat and try to get to the other side – but by now the river has grown and might as well be an ocean.
Directing the play is Anders Carlsson, professor of the Swedish speaking acting program at the Theater Academy, and on stage we see the theater’s own ensemble, Maria Ahlroth, Martin Bahne, Iida Kuningas, Oskar Pöysti and Jessica Raita.
Viirus’ theatre hall has been divided by a screen that separates the audience from the actors. Through a camera lens the audience is transported up close to all the details of the miniature world all the while their bodies remain at a cold distance from what’s happening on stage. What happens to your ability to empathize and think critically when the distance grows large enough?
The performance is Swedish-speaking and subtitled to English and Finnish to the mobile application THEA.
Viirus skapar högaktuell scenkonst och prioriterar nyskrivna texter som inte tidigare satts upp i Finland. Viirus är en samhällsförankrad teater som lever i nuet.