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To Be Given Over by WAUHAUS and visual artist Terike Haapoja is a new work that explores different aspects of bodily interdependence and vulnerability. It is based on Haapoja's original concept and has been developed and directed together with WAUHAUS’s choreographer Jarkko Partanen.

Photo: Uwa Iduozee

To Be Given Over takes as its starting point the movement between encountering the other as a subject, in their worldliness, and as an object, a body. The work borrows its title from Judith Butler's 2020 book The Force of Nonviolence. Following in Butler's footsteps, the work reflects on how we are all, as bodily, vulnerable beings, always already given over to others. To Be Given Over will be produced in its entirety as an international co-production. The two-part project comprises a video installation and a stage work. The stage work will premiere at DansiT Choreography Centre's Multiplié Dance Festival in Trondheim, Norway on March 22, 2023. It is co-produced by WAUHAUS, DansiT (Norway) and Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Estonia), in collaboration with Rosendal Teater (Norway).

To Be Given Over is WAUHAUS’s and Terike Haapoja's first artistic collaboration. Haapoja is a visual artist whose work investigates the existential and political boundaries of our world. Haapoja has focused specifically on issues arising from the anthropocentric world view of Western traditions. Animality, multispecies politics, cohabitation, time, loss, and repairing connections are recurring themes in Haapoja’s work. Haapoja represented Finland at the 2013 Venice Biennale and in 2016 they were awarded both the ANTI Live Art Prize and the State Prize for Media Art for their collaborative work with Laura Gustafsson on the piece Museum of Inhumanity.

To Be Given Over will premiere on the 22nd of March 2023 at Multiplié Dance Festival in Trondheim, Norway.

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sky every day – a co-production between Espoo City Theatre and WAUHAUS arts collective – will premiere at Revontulihalli on September 13, 2023. In the play written by Pipsa Lonka, the coexistence of seagulls and humans at a beach resort creates a peculiarly humorous and audiovisually striking performance about mortality.

sky every day explores the coexistence of humans and seagulls at a seaside resort over four days. In the performance, flocks of humans gather at a sunny beach resort, pass time in the solitude of hotel rooms, and chat mindlessly on the terrace of an oceanside restaurant. The beach’s idle nostalgia is disrupted by a wall of dead fish that is pushed onto the shore from the murky ocean. The seagulls inhabiting the landscape observe the sunburnt beachdwellers and their activities from different perspectives.

The performance focuses on the reality of seagulls alongside the human experience. A central theme of the performance is the mortality we share with other species. The narration of this peculiarly comical and audiovisually holistic work is driven by documentary video and sound, alongside the space, light, and music of the performance. sky every day also includes Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s piece Cloud trio (2009), which is performed live by the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra.

The working group from WAUHAUS includes Laura Haapakangas, Juni Klein, Jani-Matti Salo, and Heidi Soidinsalo. Working with them are cinematographer Jonatan Sundström and performer Salla Loper. sky every day is written by Pipsa Lonka. The performance includes Kaija Saariaho’s composition Cloud Trio (2009) played by the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra.

Supported by: Kone Foundation, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Uudet Klassikot – Nya klassiker fund, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Theatre Info Finland, Svenska Kulturfonden

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sky every day premieres at Espoo City Theatre on the 13th of September 2023. Get your tickets here.


Spheres of Care is a performative event, a nurturing oasis and reservoir of rest, where we focus on care amidst emotional, social, and ecological crises. Call for applications is open from 19th September to October 2nd.

The three-day event gathers together researchers, artists, activists, and other interested parties. The event offers a multitude of perspectives to care and nurture; we look at care in relation to self, society, and soil. We gather around a wide range of information through lectures, practices, and performances.

Location: Vuotalo, Mosaiikkitori 2 (Vuosaarentie 7), Vuosaari, 00980 Helsinki

Time: October 28th-30th

Language: The primary language is Finnish, with some of the keynotes and discussions in English.

The participant capacity is limited. An open call is now open for applications

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Production: WAUHAUS x Aliisa Talja in collaboration with Vuotalo

The event is free of charge.

The event is supported by The City of Helsinki, Arts Promotion Center Finland, Kone foundation

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