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 2021.

“I am large. I contain multitudes.”
– Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

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.

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

Performers

Frank Berger, Jonna Järnefelt, Timo Torikka, Sofia Törnqvist, Kristina Vahvaselkä, Jacob Waselius, Arttu Wäänänen
and the choirs Florakören and Brahe Djäknar

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 | Joonas Outakoski, Sound design | Teemu Kyytinen, Choreography | Kristina Vahvaselkä, Production | Arto Vesterinen/Pauhaus, Grafic design |