In the far north of Finland, a sensitive, dreamy young boy is the son of a reindeer herdsman within the Sami community. When the time comes for him to undergo his community’s traditional coming-of-age ritual, he refuses to stab a young doe to death. The young boy’s failure to fulfill this masculine rite of passage stems from his deep connection to nature: he enjoys wandering through the tundra and singing with the birds. His activities are frowned upon by the local population. Even his relatives begin to wonder if he’ll ever be a real man. However, he has a mission. This mission takes him far from his native landscape out into the world, where he becomes known by the name of Nils-Aslak Valkeapää. Caught between local prejudice and the national mainstream, this determined young boy grows into a groundbreaking pioneer of his ethnic culture. The play paints the portrait of a self-doubting, soul-searching artist, who discovered both the joy of art and the bitterness of fame. A powerful, beautifully poetic study of one man’s destiny, the production also tells the tale of Lapland’s Sami people, their art and struggle for survival. The tale expresses a yearning for beauty and purity in a world blindly propelled towards ecological disaster.
- Actors: Jarkko Lahti, Mary Sarre, Iŋgor Ántte Áilu Gaup, Tiina Weckström
- Playwright: Ari-Pekka Lahti
- Artistic directors: Ari-Pekka Lahti and Hanna Brotherus
- Stage design by Katri Rentto
- Costumes by Berit Marit Hætta
- Music by Tuomas Rounakari
- Choreography by Hanna Brotherus
- Lightdesign and sound supervisor: Harri Kejonen
- Literary assistant:Jarkko Lahti
The performance is in Finnish and Sami language, with English/Sami/Finnish surtitles.
Duration of the play: 1:45 (intermission included)
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