Death at Work is a stage performance mixing two distinct rituals: a funeral and a theatre piece. Its performers are individuals working with death, such as a gravedigger, a priest, a cantor and a funeral home worker. Instead of philosophical and religious speculations, the piece approaches death from the perspective of practicalities and routines.
According to statistics, the Finnish population is one of the oldest in Europe. At the same time, the topic of death has been handed over from everyday life to institutions and specialists. How does this distancing affect the economy, political decision-making and our everyday lives? What tools are we left with to face death? What could experts in death and dying teach us about death?
Pop Up Teatr is a theatre platform from Saint Petersburg conducted by theatre director Semion Aleksandrovsky that creates performances in public spaces and in different contexts. The piece Death at Work is a collaboration between Aleksandrovsky and visual artist Ksenia Peretrukhina from Moscow. The duo has previously collaborated in Moscow’s Taganka Theatre and the Perm Opera in the fields of experimental theatre, documentary theatre and contemporary opera. Their works have been awarded at the prestigious Golden Mask theatre festival in Russia.
Death at Work is part of the NOKKA initiative, a bridge-building effort between Finnish and Russian theatre-makers. NOKKA is coordinated by Theatre Info Finland and financed by Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture.
Idea, concept, direction: Semion Aleksandrovsky
Visual artist, stage design: Ksenia Peretrukhina
Performance dramaturge: Jukka Hyde Hytti
Production: Pop Up Teatr
Producer / Baltic Circle: Maria Tissari
Video graphics: Kaarina Tammisto
Commissioned by Baltic Circle
Supported by TINFO – Theatre Info Finland (NOKKA project, Ministry of Education and Culture)
In collaboration with Kanneltalo
Photo: Ksenia Peretrukhina