Sprinklers burst open. It rings. An artificial weather phenomenon cuts into the sleepiness of the day, the stuttering of the sprinkler. They feel like wanting to burst into some sort of a run. They feel they are so strong that they can’t quite handle it.
Relenting is a performance installation about parks and park life.
The piece invites the spectator to think of the park as a place where nature is layered on top of public space. Romantic representations of nature, the relationship between place and landscape and the richness of species and beings are the central topics of the piece. The spectator is welcomed to be a part of a performative park where fragmented park living is intertwined with longer nature-culture continuums.
The performance is a three-hour installation consisting of one-hour loops, and the spectators are invited to stay for as long as they wish. The performance takes place in Mad House Helsinki from 3 to 5 September (the last performance is in English) at 7pm until 10pm.
Concept, texts, performing, spatial design: Venla Helenius and Milka Luhtaniemi
Lighting design and spatial design: Sofia Palillo
Sound design: Johannes Birlinger
Flutist: Livia Schweizer
Voice over: Aino Lintunen
English translation: Eve Lahikainen
The work has been supported by Kone Foundation and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.