“The Green is better than David Lynch” – Helsingin Sanomat review
“The Green ensnares the audience” – Demokraatti
Borrowing its name from the medieval theatre slang term for the stage, The Green promises visually strong theatre, which uses stage magic, video projection, cinematic sound and scenic compositions as its means of expression. The green takes it’s starting point from the contemporary feeling of emptiness and combines it with references to 19th century spiritualism and magic. The nothingness of an empty stage and green screen slowly turn into a living character that takes over the stage area. Combining 19th century stage magic techniques with the latest video and sound technology, the mood of this show without words ranges from the mundane to the abstract and magical.
Premiering at the Helsinki Festival in August 2019, The Green leads the audience to the brink of the unreal, where the border between reality and delusion is blurred.
Kalle Nio creates works that take place in the border zone between theatre, magic, visual arts and circus. Nio has performed with the award-winning visual theatre group WHS in hundreds of theatres in over 30 countries.
Director, performer: Kalle Nio
Planning: Kalle Nio & working group
Lighting and visual design: Kalle Nio & Johannes Hallikas
Sound design: Janne Masalin & Kalle Nio
Video: Kalle Nio
Technical and artistic help: Jouni Ihalainen
Photos: Tom Hakala
Singing: Tuuli Lindeberg
Script consultant: Silvia Hosseini
Co-production: São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Helsinki Festival, Oulu Theatre
The production of the show has been supported by: The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Samuel Huber Art Foundation, Kumu Art Museum, Silence Festival, Subcase, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Cirko – Centre for New Circus
Original Premiere 2019, new version 2023
Stage: minumum 8m x 10m
Height: minimum 5.5m
People on tour: 4
Full performance video available, please ask for link.