In his solo work, established Finnish live and voice artist Juha Valkeapää tells the life stories of executioners and executed people, and demonstrates execution methods. The tone of the performance is neutral and factual, with a touch of humour. And in the end there is a last meal! Executed Stories was premiered in 2013 in Reykjavik and has toured around the Europe ever since. This is the first time that the performance is performed in Finnish.
Text, concept and performed by Juha Valkeapää
Artistic advisers: Kaja Kann, Kimmo Modig, Eero Grundström
Craftsmen: Merike Lond, Sanna Bollström, Sam-Sam
English radio voice: David Mawby
Music by: Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Lorne Clarke, Christoph Willibald Gluck
Production: Juha Valkeapään Ääni
Co-producers: Baltic Circle / Samara
Supported by Central Arts Council in Finland
Premiere at Lokal Festival, Reykjavik, 30-31 August, 2013.
At Bastard Festival, Trondheim, I performed the both versions, 10-14 September, 2013.
At Baltic Circle, Helsinki, I performed the full version, 13, 15-17 November, while at Nordwind Festival, Hamburg, the light version, 7-8 December, 2013. In Germany, the full version was seen in Mousonturm, Frankfurt, 8-9 October, 2014. Once again in Norway, Barents Spektakel at Kirkenes, both versions, 5 February, 2015. At Bora Bora platform for contemporary dance, I performed the full version, Aarhus, 14 March, 2015. Festivaali!, Theaterdiscounter, Berlin, got the full version twice, 8-9 July, 2015, and so did Spielart, Munich, 2-3 November, 2015. And my German tour, with the full version, continued at Theaterformen, Braunschweig, 14-15 June, 2016. Third time in Norway at Teaterfestivalen i Fjaler, Dale, 18 September, 2016.