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Choreographer Yli-Maunula, Pirjo
Court, Titta
First Performance 4.11.2017
Place of First Performance Cultural Centre Valve, Oulu
Finnish premiere 4.11.2017
Place of Premiere Cultural Centre Valve, Oulu
Style Contemporary Dance
Duration (min) 40
Scenography Heidi Kesti
Costume designer Heidi Kesti
Lighting Designer Jukka Huitila
Sound designer Aake Otsala
Performers of the premiere Titta Court / Pirjo Yli-Maunula, Marona Awdishou / Pinja Palosaari
Music composed for the work Aake Otsala, George Bandoek Apostolakis
Description “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must scream.”
A piece for two dancers and two children, this work by Pirjo Yli-Maunula and Titta Court takes
on the subject of silence, muteness. [mute] looks at how we avoid conflict by acting as if
nothing’s wrong, but it’s a fragile equilibrium that comes at a cost. [mute] is also about shame, of
losing one’s face and of the threat of the unknown. To not speak is to hide one’s emotions. The
silence of [mute] is akin to living under the shadow of an active volcano and behaving as if
nothing will ever happen–deep inside you know the destruction is a matter of when, not if.

[mute] is performed by two performers on stage every night. The cast rotates from one performance to the next. Structurally the piece is the same from one pair of performers to the next, but each performer brings their own personality, movement and expression to it.
The creators of [mute] handle their subject matter with characteristic dark humor, surrealism and
absurdity. Daring to take risks on stage and being truthful are absolute cornerstones of [mute]
and these are prerequisites to both the adults and the child performers.
The old proverb “silence is golden” rings very awkward and highly ironic in the world of [mute].
Companies Flow Productions
Dancers Yli-Maunula, Pirjo (2017)