Rospuutto-ryhmä is a professional theatre group founded in 2006. Its aim is to produce performances made with strong artistic ambition and which are internationally remarkable. The performances will also be taken to places beyond the reach of high culture. Rospuutto-ryhmä operates both as a touring group and in its own studio in Kontiolahti.
THE SANDS OF SARASVATI
Despite all the information and knowledge, human race is led by its stupidity. Is there anything we can do? Is there any way to transform global gloomy scenarios of climate change into local glimpses of hope?
All we need is a group of people who abandon the newest trends of information technology and start to run! They run from village to village, from towns to cities, from local banquets to the lobbies of international conference rooms. They run in order to look people in the eye, to replace numbness with action, media overdose with concern, and words with flesh. They run in order to awake people, alienated from real interaction and sleeping in abundance, by touching their moral conscience.
In the Sands of Sarasvati, enacted by Rospuutto-ryhmä, this kind of a group is running around the world trying to enlighten people. The performance is based on the ecological thriller written by Risto Isomäki, introducing scientific facts about the multiplicative effects of climate change on our planet. In the performance, four researchers from Russia, Finland, Philippines and India are independently making disturbing discoveries about the state of the ice sheets. The time of human race is running out as the separate pieces of research results are linked with each other: together they form a dramatic puzzle predicting that Europe is going to face a similar destruction as the legendary island of Atlantis. Do the researchers have enough time to warn people? And even if they did, is Europe willing to listen to them?
KASVUKONE – GROWTH MACHINE
Kasvukone is an innovative and socially critical drama produced by award-winning Rospuutto-ryhmä. It is a dystopia of a land, that is transformed in to an energy reservation written and directed by Hanna Kirjavainen. It is a play of normal people at the edge of our known history. Kasvukone tells a story about a peripheral european country that collapses due to its system that relies on constant economic growth. It is a tragicomedy that has a warm atmosphere and is on humans side.
In Kasvukone the mechanism of market economy collides in to the understanding of the perdition by christian doctrine.
IDIOTIA – a proposal for a performance
Idiotia is based on Dostoevsky’s classic novel The Idiot. The performance freshly transfers the novel to the present, respecting the uniqueness of the reading experience. The world view of the novel is still relevant today – it is said that the novel is taking place on Doomsday Eve. Also on IDIOTIA’s playground, created by Rospuutto-ryhmä, is a group of people who have been broken because of greed for money and power, intrigues and games. One is seeking his integrity; the other is making a consumption party of a lifelong death penalty. As if from nowhere, into this madhouse comes Prince Myshkin in his gaiters – a sincere and pure, good and ideal human. This Christ-like, big child brings hope, change and a possibility of rebirth to his community. He is not able to hate and he cannot stop loving. Can anyone stand this without getting destroyed?