Child Service is a performance where adult and child artists together study children and childhood. The adult artists approach the child by means of mimicry and imitation, using documentary material as a basis, while the child performers take the role of experts by experience.
In Child Service, we see and hear Nora Rinne and Katri Soini imitating children’s speech and movement, mimicking but not mocking them, producing an otherness through serious practice and a sincere approach. Could mimicry, such an essential method for learning and developing a child’s sense of empathy, also function as an ethical tool for adults, help them understand others and share a joint world? The venue and event itself are controlled by the child artists, Aale and Aarni Rinne, Oliver Tervolin and Okko Yli-Vakkuri, together with lighting designer Immanuel Pax. The choreography is by Joona Halonen.
Spectators of all ages are welcome. We especially welcome children. Small children are free to move around the venue and leave and return at will.
Working group: Nora Rinne, Katri Soini, Joona Halonen, Immanuel Pax, Aale Rinne, Aarni Rinne, Oliver Tervolin and Okko Yli-Vakkuri
Child Service is the first artistic part in Nora Rinne’s doctoral research project “Children and Childhoods in Intergenerational Performance Art”, conducted at The Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke at Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy.
The performance is supported by Art Promotion Centre Finland, Kone Foundation and Uniarts Helsinki Theatre Academy.