In the medieval theatre actors slang the acting area, the stage was referred to as The Green, as it was often covered in grass. Hence we have the still popular term Green Room, referring to the room closest to the stage.
The Green is a solo stage performance by Kalle Nio. Visual theatre that uses stage magic, video projections and surround sound as its means of expression.
The thematic core for The Green forms from hauntology, spirituality in the act of consuming, meditation on the concept of emptiness and the unboxing videos of Youtube. The Green takes it starting point from the empty stage and the feeling of emptiness represented by the void of green screen. The feeling of eptiness forms the stage into physical ghostlike creature.
The Green is a show without words. It’s a visual theatre performance that mixes elements from puppetry, video projections and visual arts and combines them with the methods coming from 19th century stage magic. The Green tries to find new ways to use magic as an expressive element, but at the same time it stretches and questions the definition of magic and asks what is magic anyway? In addition to the classic methods and secrets of theatrical magic, it sees the suggestive and magical light, video and sonic design magical. This synaesthesia of carefully crafted elements gives us unreal feeling of living in dream. The Green balances between abstract and narrative, between quotidian and sublime.
The work of visual artist, magician and stage director Kalle Nio is a combination of magic, visual arts, cinema, art-history, circus and theatre. In his stage performances and cinematic installations, he is an inventor, performer and a researcher creating encounters between past and the present, between magic and visual arts, between the high arts and the sideshows, between craft and technology, between real and illusions.
He often uses elements from 19th century stage magic as the starting point for his highly visual explorations of human body and human relationships in our society.
Stage: minumum 9m x 9m
Height: minimum 4m
People on tour: 3-4
Name: The Green
Author(s): Kalle Nio & the group
Direction & interpretation: Kalle Nio
Light and visual design: Kalle Nio & Johannes Hallikas
Sound design : Janne Masalin & Kalle Nio
Projections: Kalle Nio
Singer: Tuuli Lindeberg
Production: Kalle Nio / WHS Teatteri Union, Helsinki
Co-production: São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Lissabon
Samuel Huber Art Foundation
Arts Promotion Centre Finland
2019 WHS Teatteri Union
2019 São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Lissabon
2019 Oulu Theatre
Currently looking for co-producers and residencies.