The Romantic Mind

The romantic mind. A production for two choirs, a cast of actors and musicians.

THE WRITING OF THE NIGHT AND THE SUN. THE ROMANTIC GROTESQUE AND HORROR. A SMALL THEATER AND OXEN FOR THE SLAUGHTER. CEREMONIAL LIGHT. RADICAL SUBJECTIVISM. A TIME OF REVOLUTION. GARDENS FORGOTTEN BY TIME.

The romantic mind – a new theatre production of Kolmas Tila (Third Space) premiers in Turku in August 2020.

“Does that mean”, I said in some bewilderment, “that we must eat again of the tree of knowledge in order to return to the state of innocence?”
“Of course”, he said, “but that’s the final chapter in the history of the world.”
– Heinrich von Kleist, Über das Marionettentheater (On the Marionette Theater)

What is the romantic mind? What is the connection between the natural philosophy of the Romantic Era and posthumanistic thinking? What was Romanticism like in Turku in the beginning of the 19th century?

The Romantic Mind is a collaboration between Third Space and two local choirs, Florakören and Brahe Djäknar. The music for the production is composed by Ulf Långbacka and Kari Mäkiranta. The piece takes place in Turku during the Romantic Era.

Intermingling historical facts and fiction, The Romantic Mind is a treatise on polyphony: not only in musical terms, but also as a philosophical, ethical and dramaturgical concept and a perspective on humanity. It is the simultaneous and apposite projection of several points of view. It is the contrapuntality of time, the plurality of space and the polyphonic nature of the individual.

The Romantic Mind is a critical assessment of human consciousness. It bridges the present with a lost era, a city and its inhabitants two hundred years into the past. It reaches towards the future like the natural philosophers of the Romantic Era, who critically examined rationality and man’s attempts to control reality.

There will be six actors, musicians and two choirs from Turku performing in the production. Heli Rantala PhD, Panu Savolainen PhD and Jukka Sarjala PhD from the University of Turku are responsible for the production’s scientific research.

Seminar 24th of May, 2019: Mitä on romanttinen mieli? (What is the romantic mind?)

Production: Kolmas Tila – Tredje Rummet ry in cooperation with Florakören and Brahe Djäknar

Performers

There will be actors, musicians and two choirs from Turku, Brahe Djäknar and Florakören, performing in the production.

Production group

Seppo Parkkinen, Script and dramaturgy | Susanna Airaksinen & Juha Malmivaara, Directors | Ulf Långbacka & Kari Mäkiranta, Music | Sari Salmela, Set design | Eero Erkamo, Light design | Ville Aalto, Sound design | Teemu Kyytinen, Choreography | Kristina Vahvaselkä, Production | Lisa Forss, Publicist | Arto Vesterinen/Pauhaus, Grafic design |