Echoes from the Cells of Patarei – Dance Performance

19/08/2019 Off By Admin
Echoes from the Cells of Patarei – Dance Performance

On 23 and 24 August Patarei Prison, where totalitarian regimes imprisoned the innocent, will be filled with the art of dance. Music and flamenco will take visitors on an emotional journey through the corridors and cells of Patarei, telling stories of suffering and pain, but also of unbreakable hope. As the director and author of the concept Anna-Mari Laulumaa explains, “This performance is more like a silent ritual through which we can commemorate the ones who suffered here.”

The special event takes place in relation to the European Day of Remembrance for victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes on 23 August.

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Performance times:
23 August at 18.30, 19.30, 20.30 and 21.30
24 August at 18.30, 19.30, 20.30 and 21.30
Duration of each performance: 30 minutes

Adult 8€
Concession (pensioners, the repressed) 6€
The event is not recommended for children under 12 years.

The performances take place at the exhibition area “Communism is Prison” in the east wing of Patarei Prison. Website
Entrance is through the gate at the end of Suur-Patarei cul-de-sac.

Concept and director: Anna-Mari Laulumaa
Choreography: Leena Järvinen
Sound and lighting: Arto Saarelainen
Dancers: Minna Juntunen, Leena Järvinen, Marja Kemppainen, Raisa Pylkkö, Kaisa Raatikainen
Performers: Helge-Liis Munter and Luule Stahl
Singer: Noora Kuusikko
Partner: Estonian Institute of Historical Memory

The first version of this performance was created in 2018 in Finland. According to Anna-Mari Laulumaa it was very difficult to find a way to tell the inmates’ painful stories, as it felt like words could not express the depth of the sorrow and pain. “Finally, I asked Leena Järvinen to come and try the flamenco steps on the floor and once I heard the sound, I knew that this was the right form. And then last summer, I was walking in Tallinn and saw the Patarei Prison walls… I immediately felt that our performance should be adapted here, as the art of dance gives commemoration a beautiful new form.”