Puun syy / Tree’s Fault / Wood Fibre

Puun syy is visual theatre and contemporary circus on the metamorphosis of objects. Different visual actions intersect and intertwine around each other: the juggling choreography forms its patterns on the stage, projected images of factories and wood processing plants are reflected on the organic surfaces of wood veneers that slide across the stage. Sections from a documentary film join in the stream of images thus expanding the connections of the objects to other times and places in the wide network of industrial production. Forms of the alphabet that are submerged into the choreography add to the multifaceted story their subtle remarks.

The performance investigates the relationship between humans and paper as an ingredient of culture, a natural resource and an everyday utensil that has become so commonplace that it’s almost invisible. In the theatre a light smell of walnut wood lingers in the air. Trees transform into soft paper, so that we have something to wipe our noses on.

Ville Walo & Kalle Nio / WHS : Puun syy / Wood Fibre / Tree’s Fault

Composition of performance: Ville Walo, Kalle Nio and Anne Jämsä
Performers: Ville Walo and Kalle Nio
Set and costume design: Anne Jämsä
Light design: Ainu Palmu
Light technician: Meri Ekola
Sound design: Mikko Hynninen, Samuli Kosminen
Cinematography: Teemu Liakka
Video editing: Kalle Nio
Drawings: Anne Jämsä
Fragments of old propaganda film: Trees That Reach the Sky, 1945, Canada. Dir. B. Zinkan
Production: WHS and Kiasma Theatre
The performance has been supported by:
Cirko – Center for New Circus, Alfred Kordelin Foundation, PACT Zollverein Performing Arts Choreographisches Zentrum NRW Tanzlandschaft Ruhr, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Council of Finland, Wihuri Foundation

Duration: 58 minutes
Premiere: 2008