Aarni Korpela has been involved in theatre and other performing arts projects at Höyhentämö since 2003 in various capacities. His own directions tend to be participatory, “lived in” pieces – the participant steps inside the piece and lives there for a while. For example, Walkabout was a game played by living tarot cards, the participant becoming one by the end, The Lovers’ Matchmaking Agency was a dating agency that popped up in different cities for a week (both directed with James McDonald), and Hermiitti was a retreat in a dark labyrinth that was also a conscious being. This way of working owes a lot to Nordic larp, a tradition of experimental, artistically ambitious live action role playing games. Aarni is also an illustrator and cartoonist. He has been interested in prehistory all his life and always wanted to try living as a hunter-gatherer, so now he’s doing that.
Akseli Aittomäki is a dance artist, experimental-theatre maker and activist. Akseli is a long-time member of Höyhentämö, while since 2015 he is based in Berlin. Currently he spends his time dancing in a shared studio space, loitering in half-abandoned outskirts of the city, working as bicycle courier, and contributing to radical climate protest.
Riikka Vuorenmaa is a versatile performing arts freelancer with a background in lighting design and media culture. As a scenographer and performing arts conceptualiser her specialties are site-specificness, spatial design and interventions. Riikka’s artistic curiosity is focused on inhabited landscapes, communities’ relationships to their environments and how sources of livelihood manifest in them. She has experience with performing arts from contemporary circus to drama and dance theatre to concerts. Riikka has coordinated several applied arts projects.
She is a member of the Piste Collective in Rovaniemi.
Höyhentämö – Pluckhouse is an artist community based in Helsinki that produces contemporary theatre, dance and other performances. Höyhentämö’s history as a developer of experimental theatre has been long and diverse. The association has been operating for 25 years, and its goals and operating concept have changed several times. Höyhentämö has also served as a visiting venue for a large number of artist groups who would have found it difficult to find a venue elsewhere.
Development work is currently underway in Höyhentämö to discover new artistic goals and starting points for performances. Höyhentämö’s operations in 2021 are based on the joint research work of member artists. The Hunter-gatherers project also began as part of Höyhentämö’s research work.
Mad House Helsinki
Mad House Helsinki is a house of performing arts with a program consisting of live art and other forms of experimental performing arts. Mad House curates programs, co-produces projects, creates new operating models in the field of art, and makes experimental art accessible. Mad House is founded by artists and its work is art and community focused, content-driven and constantly evolving.
Mad House Helsinki started operating seasonally in 2014 to 2018 and created five performance seasons in Suvilahti, Helsinki. In the autumn of 2019, Mad House’s operations became year-round and Mad House is currently located in the Teurastamo area. Mad House’s goal has been to grow into a locally relevant actor that creates artistic activity in dialogue with the surrounding residential areas and urban environments. The first larger-scale implementation of area-based programming is the curation of the 2021 summer program.