“Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must scream.”
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.
The creators of [mute] handle their subject matter with characteristic dark humor, surrealism and absurdity. The old proverb “silence is golden” rings very awkward and highly ironic in the world of [mute].
Choreography: Titta Court & Pirjo Yli-Maunula
Dancer: Titta Court
Child dancer: Marona Awdishou
Light design: Jukka Huitila
Composers: Aake Otsala ja George Bandoek Apostolakis
Sound director: Aake Otsala
Dress and set design: Heidi Kesti