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SAMPO 2019 INTERNATIONAL PUPPET THEATRE FESTIVAL WAS A SUCCESS

The atmosphere of the festival week was excellent and the performances received great feedback. The event was also covered my media. The opening party and performances gathered visitors from embassies and culture institutes of the participating countries and representatives of the partners, municipalities and cultural centers in the metropolitan area among others, and Finnish puppetry community. The largest and most international puppet theatre event of the metropolitan area brought together makers and viewers, sparked conversations and gave wonderful experiences to all!

There were 1144 spectators in the 22 festival performances of 2019. In addition, around 700 persons attended events free of charge.

You can find the 2019 festival performances and other events in Program.

SAMPO Festival 2019 brought renowned puppet artists from around the world to Helsinki for the third time to perform and take part in workshops and discussions about and around puppetry. This year our artists came from Finland, Great Britain, Switzerland, Slovenia, Spain and Russia. Of the 7 foreign performances, 6 were seen for the first time in Finland.

SAMPO Festival offers memorable, touching and entertaining performances for children and adults. One of the biggest puppetry festivals in Finland, it showcases artists from across the field, different styles of puppetry and visual theatre, and crosses borders between different fields of art. In addition to performances, the program also features films, workshops, outdoor performances, discussions and diverse artist meetings.

SAMPO Festival gives a place for encountering, also for professional puppeteers. For the first time in 2019, the Festival invited also guests from different countries around the world to see performances and take part in discussions. Domestic puppeteers have also a chance to portray their upcoming work and ideas for a jury of professionals at our Open Stage event.

The festival is organized by Puppet Theatre Sampo. The performance venues in 2019 were Puppet Theatre Sampo, Teatteri Avoimet Ovet, Annantalo Art Centre for Children and Youth and Teatteri ILMI Ö. Additional program was arranged at Päivälehti Museum, Central library Oodi and Diana park, free of charge.

SAMPO Festival was organized for the first time 29.8-3.9.2017, the second time 22.-26.8.2018 and for the third time 28.8.-1.9.2019. The program books of the earlier festivals can be looked at at the bottom of the page.

SAMPO Festival is a curated festival and we invite performing groups from around the world.

Can´t t find the link to the ticket sale page? Click on the word tickets in the info about each performance!

Check out the festival trailer here: SAMPO 2019 Official Festival Trailer

WELCOME TO A WORLD OF STORIES!

The Festival is organized by Puppet Theatre Sampo, that was founded in 1977 and has its premises in the center of Helsinki.

We invite people of all ages, shapes and sizes to enjoy the cosy atmosphere of our Puppet Theatre Centre and see puppetry performances for children and adults. We offer also art education: workshops and theme days. Sampo´s Fairytale Café is also open to the public at the theatre.

We are driven by imagination, humor and music. Welcome to be inspired by them! You may find some happiness, the treasure of friendship, a sparkle of joy in the middle of a busy day.

PROGRAM

Puppet Theatre Sampo: Circus Sampo

Puppet Theatre Sampo 28.8.2019 at 10 am & 5 pm
Age recommendation: 0+
30 min
Tickets 14€

In Puppet Theatre Sampos circus the marionettes come alive and fill the stage with music, songs and the magic of puppetry. Come and be mesmerized by Sampos fairytale world! The performance introduces different kinds of marionettes, and has live music, which is typical to Sampos theatrical art. This version of Circus Sampo is seen now for the first time in Finland. Its first premiere is in Viipuri, Russia in the summer of 2019. In the spring of 2018 Sampo played an early version of Circus Sampo in the amusement park Linnanmäki.

http://nukketeatterisampo.fi

Puppet Theatre Sampo was founded in 1977 and has established a Puppet Theatre Center in the centre of Helsinki, where there is a theatre, cafe and gallery with puppet exhibitions. The artists working at Sampo are professional puppeteers, musicians and visual artists. The repertoire of the theatre is rich and versatile, with live music in all performances. Many performances have become classics, that people come to see again and again. SAMPO 2019 Festival is arranged by Puppet Theatre Sampo.

Created and directed by: Iivo Barić

On stage: Susan Aho &  Iivo Barić

Lighting design: Immanuel Pax

Costumes: Kristiina Jokinen

Photos: Nikke Puskala

Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana (SLO): Open the Owl

Annantalo 28.8.2019 at 6 pm; 29.8.2019 at 6 pm
Age recommendation: 14+
50 min
Tickets 25€ / 19€

The performance Open the Owl brings back to stage the miniature characters from the performance Sovji grad (The Owl Castle), created by Slovenian puppeteer Milan Klemenčič in 1936. The French director Renaud Herbin found his inspiration for this amazing performance in the storage of the Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana (Ljubljana Puppet Theatre), where he was captivated by the miniature marionettes designed by the famous pioneer of Slovenian puppetry. Using Klemenčič's marionette heritage Herbin thus put the tradition of puppetry art into the context of contemporary performance practices. French novelist Célia Houdart upgraded Franz Pocci's story, tackling such issues as metamorphosis, ruse and deception, in the spirit of a contemporary philosophical tale. Its central character is Kauzenveit – a knight, who has been turned into an owl. He will regain his human form, only when he finds someone willing to pluck out all his feathers in order to fulfil his own wishes. He runs into the cunning Kasperl, who makes a wish to become a minister. The cursed knight is forced to save Kasperl from quite a few complicated situations by sparing his feathers until the last one is plucked out.  

First premiere: 17.9.2017, Charleville-Mézières, France.
In Slovenian, translation will be provided.

http://www.lgl.si/en/

http://vimeo.com/240150257

Ljublana Puppet Theatre

Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana is the main Slovenian puppet theatre staging puppet and drama performances for children, youngsters and adults. Its predominant target audiences are children and young people. The public institution was established in 1948 (as the City Puppet Theatre) and has been based in Mestni dom in Krekov Square since 1984. In its work, the LPT builds on the hundred-year tradition of Slovenian puppetry. With the establishment of the Museum of Puppetry at the Ljubljana Castle, the LPT officially became the caretaker of this precious, century-old heritage. The theatre manages five regular and several smaller, occasional venues. At these venues, which offer seating for approximately a thousand people, it produces fifteen premieres a year and is visited by around 110,000 spectators.

Authors: Franz Pocci, Célia Houdart

Director: Renaud Herbin

Cast: Maja Kunšič and Iztok Lužar

Dramaturgy: Mateja Bizjak Petit

Set design: Mathias Baudry

Lighting design: Fanny Bruschi

Sound designer: Morgan Daguenet

Artistical Advisor: Nino Laisné

Stage Manager and Sound Designer: Luka Bernetič

Lights: Niko Štabuc

Stage Technician: Luka Moškrič

Puppets production: Iztok Bobič, Polona Černe, Zala Kalan, Zoran Srdić, Marjetka Valjavec, Sandra Birjukov, Špela Ulaga, Olga Milič, Tereza Andrůšková

Set production: Christian Rachner, Pierre Chaumont

Photos: Jaka Varmuz

Karlsson Haus Theatre (RUS): Vanya - A tale of Vanya and enigmatic Russian soul

Sampo Stage Thu 29.8.2019 at 7.30 pm
Age recommendation: 14+
70 min
Tickets 25€ / 19€

Somewhere around us, far or near, there must live a Dragon. Even if there´s no Dragon, it has to be invented. If there´s no Dragon, who should we fight then? And why do we need the wonder-heroes? And we obviously need them! Otherwise, who can help us? Who will save us? Even if it´s a fairy tale. Of course, Vanya will! From this story of Vanya´s miraculous appearance, his fight against a rotten monster (a Dragon) and how all his journeys came to end, you will learn a bit more about an enigmatic Russian soul.  

First premiere: 4.4.2o15, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Original name: ВАНЯ. Сказка про Ваню и загадочную русскую душу
In Russian, with English and Finnish translation.

www.karlssonhaus.ru

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrsCeyR4VrA

Karlsson Haus was created by a group of St. Petersburg puppeteers in 2006 and, despite its non-government status, soon became one of Russia`s best known puppet theatres. Such masters of puppet theatre as Alexei Leliavsky, Evgeny Ibragimov, Boris Konstantinov, Pyotr Vasilyev created their productions there. The theatre has got a great number of awards, repeatedly took part in international festivals. Karlsson Haus works as a project type theatre: they don`t have staff directors, stage designer but invite an original creative group for every project. This theatre is also known its intimate and cozy atmosphere.

 

Director: Alexey Leliavski

Artist: Alexander Vakhrameev

Music: Leonid Pavlenok

Actor: Mikhail Shelomentsev

Photos: Anton Ivanov

Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana (SLO): Turlututu

Annantalo Fri 30.8. at 10 am & 5 pm
Age recommendation: 2+
35 min
Tickets 14€

Turlututu! Where are you? Are you here? Here are you! It is you! You are Turlututu! Turlututu is nowhere to be found. He fell from the book and disappeared. But, how is he to be found, when he can be smaller than a flea or higher than a church tower? How is he to be looked for, if it takes him only an instant to change his colour, fly away to space or simply vanish by just uttering the right magic words? How? Quite easy, actually. Let’s all be Turlututu! And, let’s catch him! This puppet miniature-in-a-suitcase is based on a puppet adventure of Turlututu – a character that has been developed for many years by the renowned French illustrator and author Hervé Tullet.Turlututu is lively, dynamic, roguish, amicable, inventive and full of new ideas. In the performance, Turlututu slips out to the stage and immediately gets lost. While looking for him, the viewers find themselves in Turlututu's imaginary world, where the magic happens…

Almost nonverbal.

www.lgl.si

http://youtube.com/watch?v=iKBxh_T-lgg

Ljublana Puppet Theatre

Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana is the main Slovenian puppet theatre staging puppet and drama performances for children, youngsters and adults. Its predominant target audiences are children and young people. The public institution was established in 1948 (as the City Puppet Theatre) and has been based in Mestni dom in Krekov Square since 1984. In its work, the LPT builds on the hundred-year tradition of Slovenian puppetry. With the establishment of the Museum of Puppetry at the Ljubljana Castle, the LPT officially became the caretaker of this precious, century-old heritage. The theatre manages five regular and several smaller, occasional venues. At these venues, which offer seating for approximately a thousand people, it produces fifteen premieres a year and is visited by around 110,000 spectators.

Author: Hervé Tullet

Director: Matija Solce

Dramaturgy: Mateja Bizjak Petit

Lighting design: Matija Solce

Performer: Maja Kunšič

Stage manager and sound engineer: Lojze Sedovnik

Lights: Matej Vidic

Set technician: Slobodan Ilić

Puppets and set made by: Sylvain Moreau, Iztok Bobić, Sandra Birjukov, Polona Černe, Larisa Kazić, Zoran Srdić

First premiere: 15.11.2013, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Javier Aranda (ESP): VIDA

Teatteri Avoimet Ovet Fri 30.8.2019 at 6 pm
Age recommendation: 8+
55 min
Tickets 25€/19€

Two hands and the universe of a sewing basket. Handmade articles have their own personality, hands as part of a being, as leading players, as special beings that create movement, emotion and life. A drifting basket, a trip… New life emerges from any corner, from any basket. VIDA (life) is a non verbal piece of theatre for an actor and objects, which tells us about the implacable and constant passage of time. Characters of the story are born, grow up, reproduce and die before our eyes, which makes VIDA a metaphor of our own lives, always moving forward, without any chance to turn back.  

First premiere: 26.9.2017, Feria de Teatro Huesca, Spain.
Nonverbal.
 

http://www.javieraranda.es/

https://vimeo.com/236905562

Javier Aranda, actor and puppet master, was trained at the Theatre School of Zaragoza.

He has been working with different theatre groups for more than 20 years: Teatro del Temple, Arbolé Theatre 
Gayarre Theatre, Drama Centre of Aragón.

He has taken part in various short films.

He alternates acting with his work as a puppet-master at the Javier Aranda Company, where he carries out personal research on the hand puppet and its relationship with the puppeteer.

Created and manipulated by: Javier Aranda

Artistic consultants: Alfonso Pablo & Pedro Rebollo

Couture: Pilar Gracia

Graphic design: Val Ortego

Technic aid at the performance: Hector Aranda

Rehearsal premises and Workshop: Teatro Arbolé

Photos: Hugo Falcón

Acknowledgements:

Lucía Bernal, Estelle Hi,

Rafa, Clara, Rosa, Merce,

Teatro Bicho, Le Bateau des Fous & Cabanyal Intim

 

The participation of Javier Aranda on the SAMPO Festival has been made possible by the generous support of Acción Cultural Española (AC / E), through the Program for the Internationalization of the Spanish culture (PICE), within the framework of mobility aids.

 

Pickled Image (UK): Coulrophobia

Sampo Stage Fri 30.8.2019 at 7.30 pm / Sat 31.8.2019 at 2 pm
Age recommendation: 14+
80 min
Tickets 25€ / 19€

Dik and Adam are Clowns! They couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag, let alone a surreal cardboard world. Why are they there and what are they supposed to be doing? They know something sinister is afoot (wearing really big shoes...) and they need to get out before it’s too late. Join them on a ridiculous, anarchic, often hysterical and sometimes terrifying quest for freedom.  

First premiere: 4.4.2014.
In English.

www.pickledimage.co.uk

https://vimeo.com/100402861

Formed in 2000, Pickled Image specialises in puppetry for live performance and theatre. Since its inception the company has gained international recognition and numerous awards for their darkly humorous visual productions.  Dik Downey is currently touring Coulrophobia and making weird art. Adam Blake set up Open Attic Theatre Company in 2017 and has some beautiful, family shows with puppets and some weird stuff too.

Artists: Dik Downey & Adam Blake

Technician: Chris Collier

Theatre Mukamas: The Little Mouse in the Circus

Annantalo 31.8.2019 at 11 am
Age recommendation: 3+
40 min
Tickets 14€

In Theatre Mukamas´ performance, the Little Mouse suddenly gets into the circus - a place that she couldn't have even imagined to exist at all. What does the circus sleeping director think when he sees the Mouse? And what happens when the magic wand does not work as it used to? The Mouses journey in the circus is a fun and surprising story for the whole family.  

First premiere: 25.9.2018 Teatteri Mukamas, Tampere, Finland.
In Finnish.

http://www.teatterimukamas.fi

https://vimeo.com/293930538

Established in 1979, Theatre Mukamas is a professional puppet theatre from Tampere. It is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2019-2020. Mukamas´ idyllic own stage is located in Pispala, and it tours frequently in day care centres, schools and other places in Finland and abroad. Puppets, actors, objects, shadows, live music and modern puppet theatre techniques are ingeniously combined in performances. Mukamas also organizes theatre courses and workshops for children in different ages, and the MUKAMAS International Puppet Theatre Festival. Mukamas employs permanently 10 people and freelancers.

Text, director: Katarina Stycz

Scenography: Jana Bačová-Kroftová (Czech Rep.)

Puppets: Emma Golnick

Music: Edward Stycz

Circus choreography: Ringa Aflatuni

Lighting design: Juha Kaijomaa

Actors: Harri Helin, Mikko Bredenberg & Mira Taussi

Puppenspiel.ch (CH): FLOW - FlourHumanMusic

Annantalo 31.8.2019 at 5 pm; 1.9. at 11 am
Age recommendation: 2+
35 min
Tickets 14€

In [floʊ] the basic material is flour. Once set free, it flies around, forms clouds, snows down, leaves traces; and the game takes its course. Flour carries the Earth, is nourished with air. Combined with water it turns into dough; fire transforms it into bread. [floʊ] follows the cycle of creation and dissolution, tells of growing and becoming, of change and transformation; it tells its very own story of creation – without words. The production is a sensory and aesthetic experience for a very young audience. It focuses on the cycle of life and addresses all our senses in mani- fold ways: seeing, hearing, smelling, taste and touch. The play invites its young audience to delightfully immerse themselves into [floʊ] together with the two actors. Original name: FLOW - MehlMenschMusik  

First premiere: October 2017, Frauenfeld, Switzerland.
Nonverbal.

http://www.puppenspiel.ch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvWfvbv48LA

Puppenspiel.ch is smart entertainment for the whole family. With our pieces we explore the possible connections between puppet theatre, drama and music.

Puppenspiel.ch plays on small and large stages, at international festivals or in the living room, at open-air spectacles and in the multi-purpose hall, at city theaters or in classrooms, in our own theatre or on tour. Wherever we are invited as guests, we look forward to the adventure of immersing ourselves in a story with big and small spectators.

Performer: Rahel Wohlgensinger

Live music: Andrea Zuzak

Director: Andrea Kilian

Lighting design: Christian Bühlmann

Timo Väntsi: Questions about Karelia

Teatteri ILMI Ö Sat 31.8.2019 at 6 pm
Age recommendation: 12+
60 min
Tickets 25€ / 19€

A small paper theatre performance of a big longing. Questions about Karelia is a solo performance by Timo Väntsi, a puppeteer from Turku. In it he contemplates Karelia; as a historical place and a object of dreams for many Finns. Also the public discussion in Karelia is a topic with big focus in the performance. Alongside the big world events, the expedition dives into his own Karelian roots. The paper worlds, his relatives, and, on the other hand, the characters of recent history go on like a colorful ribbon in a sympathetic little theater performance. Faced with this difficult and plagued subject, there is crying and laughter. At the end of the performance, a discussion session will be held with the audience.  

First premiere: 5.9.2018
In Finnish.

https://kulttuurivaltakunta.weebly.com/teatteri-mundo.html

Timo Väntsi is an experienced puppeteer fro Turku, who has been involved in many puppet theatre productions as an actor, director, scriptwriter or puppetmaker. His best-known works include: Be my Querelle (2019), John-Eleanor (2011) and My Very Good Friend Baron von Münchhausen (2016).

Timo has also performed at SAMPO Festival in 2017 and 2018.

Text, visualisation, performer: Timo Väntsi
Music and soundscape: Kari Mäkiranta
Assistant director: Tapio Väntsi
Photos: Milla Järvipetäjä
Production: Teatteritalo Mundo & Nukketeatteri HOX Company

Supported by: TOP-Säätiö,  Turun Teatterisäätiö.

NOTE: The venue is not accessible with wheelchair. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Javier Aranda (ESP): PARIAS

Teatteri Avoimet Ovet Sat 31.8.2019 at 7.30 pm
Age recommendation: 12+
60 min
Tickets 25€ / 19€

PARIAHS is a puppet show for adults where the existing relationship between the puppet and the puppet-master reaches a mind-blowing degree of intimacy. In PARIAS the puppets are the brilliant symbol of degradation and marginalisation of the human being; their stories arouse emotions that make us realise that we are still alive and that we have moral criteria. PARIAS moves us and forces us to reflect. PARIAS reintroduces topics and avenues of classic theatre, it returns the social function to the stage.  

First premiere: 13.11.2015, Teatro del Mercado, Zaragoza, Spain.
Nonverbal.

http://www.javieraranda.es/

https://vimeo.com/81113931

Javier Aranda, actor and puppet master, was trained at the Theatre School of Zaragoza.

He has been working with different theatre groups for more than 20 years: Teatro del Temple, Arbolé Theatre
, Gayarre Theatre, Drama Centre of Aragón

He has taken part in various short films.

He alternates acting with his work as a puppet-master at the Javier Aranda Companywhere he carries out personal research on the hand puppet and its relationship with the puppeteer.

Created and manipulated by: Javier Aranda

Photography and video: Javier Macipe

Graphic design: Val Ortego

Technical aid: Hector Aranda

Literary Advisor: Diago Lezaun

Rehearsal premises and workshop: Arbolé Theatre

 

The participation of Javier Aranda on the SAMPO Festival has been made possible by the generous support of Acción Cultural Española (AC / E), through the Program for the Internationalization of the Spanish culture (PICE), within the framework of mobility aids.

 

TEHDAS Theatre: Be my Querelle

Teatteri Avoimet Ovet Sun 1.9.2019 at 6 pm
Age limit: 18+
70 min
Tickets 25€ / 19€

Timo Väntsis solo performance as a frenzied puppet theatre fantasy The retiring Navy Lieutenant, in his last working days, faces the loneliness of his own life and collides with what he has suppressed in himself. Obsessed with a handsome sailor called Q, he gets into situations that he cannot survive without violence. Or without a lustful encounter on the shores. The iconic gay imagery, nautical romance and Jean Genet's homoerotic novel Querelle are the main sources of inspiration for the performance. Be My Querelle is a performance by an experienced team, puppeteer Timo Väntsis and director Merja Pöyhönen's presentation of lust, loneliness and burning longing for love. The performance has received praise from critics.  

First premiere: 15.3.2019 TEHDAS Teatteri, Turku, Finland.
In Finnish.

www.tehdasteatteri.fi

TEHDAS Teatteri is a professional theatre from Turku, established in 2000. It wants to create new theatre art. Puppetry, performance art and collaborations with other art forms make out the core of the theatres work, with an emphasis on new productions, experimental theatre and the personal commitment of the performers. The theatres home stage is in old Manilla factory by the river Aurajoki in Turku.

Director Merja Pöyhönen is one of Finland's top puppeteers and has also been awarded by critics. Timo Väntsi is a puppeteer comedian who, in a popular and sharp way, has tackled difficult issues in the past also. Their previous co-operation John-Eleanor (2011) was a great success and it toured Finnish and foreign stages for six years.

Text, realisation, actor, puppeteer: Timo Väntsi

Puppet design & visuality: Timo Väntsi & working group

Director: Merja Pöyhönen

Lighting design: Jarkko Forsman

Technician: Henri Hyökyvirta

Assistant: Kari Söderqvist

KREPSKO Theatre Group & Nordic Puppet Ambassadors: Illuminium

Sampo Stage Sun 1.9. at 7.30 pm
Age recommendation: 5+
60 min
Tickets 25€ / 19€

"When birds start falling, and theremins are calling - we're close to Illuminium". The project is an scientific-artistic-research adventure, which is searching for Illuminium - the core of the performance - like scientists search for elements. Along the way you'll find much more than you thought you would... Foggy atmospheres, electric sounds, grandiose emotions. And somewhere there in stillness shines Illuminium, a story that radiates - even when we wish it wouldn't. Supported by: SKR - Taike - Aura of Puppets - Puppet Theatre Sampo - PSIR (Pseudo-scientific Society for Illuminium Research) Production: KREPSKO Theatre Group, Nordic Puppet Ambassadors & TEHDAS Teatteri

First premiere at TEHDAS Teatteri (Turku) 4.5.2019.
Nonverbal.

www.krepsko.com

International theatre group

KREPSKO

was founded in 2001 in Prague.

​Starting with outrageous and brave improvisations, KREPSKO has created their own unique theatrical language based on enchanting atmospheres, dark fairytales and absurd tragicomical moments.

They use aspects of circus and puppet theatre to tell stories without words and to reach the deepest secrets and emotions of the audience.

KREPSKO has created more than 20 reprising shows, performed all around the world and garnered numerous awards.

 

Nordic Puppet Ambassadors

Nordic Puppet Ambassadors is a theater ensemble consisting of Outi Sippola (FIN) and Sif Jessen Hymøller (DK).

 

Working group

Mayim Alpert, Iivo Baric, Laura Hallantie, Linnea Happonen, Philip Holm, Gabi Reinhardt, Outi Sippola, Kristina Dementeva, Pau Zabaleta i Llauger

Puppet Theatre Sampo: Fly fly ladybug

Teatteri ILMI Ö Thu 29.8.2019 at 10 am & 5 pm
For all ages
30 min
Tickets 14€

A little ladybug is searching for its place in the big wide world. On its journey it makes new friends with hilarious creatures that live in the grass. The ladybug wants to learn to fly, but it is so difficult! Fly fly ladybug opens to the audience like a children’s picture book – with a new friend from the world of insects on every page. Accompanied with versatile live music, this nonverbal performance that dives into the world of nature is ideal for the little ones as a first theatre experience.

First premiere 8.5.2018 Puppet Theatre Sampo, Helsinki.
Nonverbal.

www.nukketeatterisampo.fi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyrjh7_n168

Puppet Theatre Sampo was founded in 1977 and has established a Puppet Theatre Center in the centre of Helsinki, where there is a theatre, cafe and gallery with puppet exhibitions. The artists working at Sampo are professional puppeteers, musicians and visual artists. The repertoire of the theatre is rich and versatile, with live music in all performances. Many performances have become classics, that people come to see again and again. SAMPO 2019 Festival is arranged by Puppet Theatre Sampo.

Written and directed by: Iivo Barić

On stage: Sofia Airas ja Satu Lankinen

Visual design: Matti Westerlund

Music: Iivo Barić & Satu Lankinen

Puppets and scenography: Tape & Emma Komulainen

Lighting design: Immanuel Pax

Costumes: Kristiina Jokinen

Photos: Nikke Puskala

NOTE: The venue is not accessible with wheelchair. We apologize for any inconvenience.

KREPSKO Theatre Group: Portwine, Popcorn & Puppetry

Puppet Theatre Sampo 31.8.2019 at 9.30 pm
Age recommendation: 5+
~ 90 min
Tickets 25€ / 19€

At the Festival Club, there is a special treat on Saturday evening: Portwine, Popcorn and Puppetry! Cabaret-like event celebrating little gems of theatre, ways of serving it differently - short and sweet, as well as big and pompous. Every event of PPP collects together yet another international combination of different artists; members, guests and friends of Krepsko Theatre Group. Every cabaret is a new adventure, like a secret party you´re invited to. It happens here and now and never again quite the same. Experience an unique, atmospheric evening, from which you´ll depart smiling. PPP has been seen in Puppet Theatre Sampo twice before.

Please notice: Limited amount of seats!

http://www.krepsko.com

https://youtu.be/lOH0A1wm-5o

KREPSKO Theatre Group
International theatre group KREPSKO was founded in 2001 in Prague. Starting with outrageous and brave improvisations, KREPSKO has created their own unique theatrical language based on enchanting atmospheres, dark fairytales and absurd tragicomical moments.
They use aspects of circus and puppet theatre to tell stories without words and to reach the deepest secrets and emotions of the audience.
KREPSKO has created more than 20 reprising shows, performed in more than 30 countries around the world and garnered numerous awards.

KREPSKO Cabaret team

Puppet Theatre Sampo: Garbage treasure

Central Library Oodi, Maijansali Thu 29.8.2019 at 12 am and 2 pm
Age recommendation 0+
30 min
Tickets free of charge

Meeli is fishing with Tessu the dog at the beach, when the wind brings a plastic bag. What should they do with it? And what could be made of it? The performance talks about nature conservation, ideas for a sustainable future and recycling. Garbage for one, a treasure for someone else.

http://www.nukketeatterisampo.fi

Text: Paula Havaste
Director: Iivo Barić
On the stage: Anne Lihavainen, Elina Vehkaoja & Antero Reinistö
Puppets and scenography: Anastasia Schmidt
Music: Antero Reinistö
Costumes: Kristiina Jokinen

Movie: Little Prince

Päivälehti Museum Thu 29.8.2019 at 5 pm (Eng), Sat 31.8.2019 at 2 pm (Fin)
K7
108 min
Tickets free of charge - book your free tickets from our ticket office!

One of the most beloved stories, this animation from Antoine de Saint-Exupérys master work The Little Prince, was directed by Mark Osborne. Part of the film was made using puppet animation.

In English, with Finnish subtitles on Thu 29.8. at 5 pm

In Finnish on Sat 31.8. at 2 pm

Directed by Mark Osborne

Produced by Aton Soumache, Dimitri Rassam, Alexis Vonarb

Screenplay by Irena Brignull. Bob Persichetti

Based on The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Starring Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Bud Cort, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, James Franco, Ricky Gervais, Paul Giamatti, Riley Osborne, Albert Brooks, Mackenzie Foy

Music by Hans Zimmer, Richard Harvey

Edited by Carole Kravetz Aykanian, Matt Landon

Production company ON Animation Studios, Orange Studio, LPPTV, M6 Films, Lucky Red

Distributor in Finland Cinema Mondo

A taste from Québec, presented by Festival Stop Motion Montréal

Puppet Theatre Sampo: 30.8.2019 at 9.30 pm / Päivälehti Museum 31.8.2019 at 5 pm
for adults
90 min
Tickets Free of charge, buying / booking tickets in advance is advised.

Festival Stop Motion Montréal, the first festival exclusively dedicated to stop motion in the world, offers you a selection of animated short films made in Québec, Canada. Projects made by emerging as well as established filmmakers will give you a glimpse of the talent and creativity that is blooming in the province.

Free of charge
Please notice: Limited amount of seats, please book your seat in advance!
   

Guillaume Blanchet: A girl named Elastika (2014)

Raquel Sancinetti: Cycle (2013)

Claire Bronze: The Sisters Bedroom (2018)

Frédérick Tremblay: The Drawer and the Crow (2009)

Mathieu Girard: The Oldest Stone (2014)

All films are presented at the SAMPO Festival with the generous co-operation of the Festival Stop Motion Montréal.

All selected films shown have been
produced or co-produced and are distributed by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).

Hedgehog's Home is a co-production with NFB and Bonobo studio.


 

Orkestar Strada

Dianapark Sat 31.8.2019 at 1 pm an 4 pm
for all ages
30 min
Tickets free of charge

There is a Carnival in Diana Park! When the mask theatre group Orkestar Strada marches to Diana Park, the mini carnival with music, dance and improvisation begins! During the show with old-fashioned market atmosphere, there will be a surprise lottery, where you can win program numbers and surprise gifts! The performers include a trained rooster, an air balloon virtuoso and a circus rider with a flamingo!

http://www.planetstrada.com

Orkestar Strada is a piece of musical street theatre by performers working with masks, dance, bits of non-verbal theatre and energetic music, aiming to create surprising, cheerful encounters and a strange kind of comedy in the middle of a lively urban crowd. The somewhat silly masks are unique characters created by puppeteer and illustrator Milla Risku, who also uses them in her illustrations. The world of the Stradas is bohemian and spontaneous, yet always positive and well-mannered, and although the couple have something of the old times about them, they have no trouble communicating with the modern world. With the Stradas, encounters with the passers-by create an interactive play, spreading goodwill and happiness.

Milla Risku & co

Fauna Humana

Dianapark Sun 1.9.2019 at 2 pm & 4 pm
for all ages

Tickets free of charge

Fauna Humana is a marvelous musical and dancing party that appears on the streets, markets, markets, in the midst of all the people. The characters resemble a human animal, or an animal human - as you like it! Fauna Humana is always on the side of good and defending citizens from the apathy of everyday life! It is a group of street performers whose activities are a mixture of carnival, performance, puppetry and masq theatre, dancing and mime, and general madness. We rejoice in the street, emerging in unexpected places, but we may also be involved in various events and get-togethers.

https://www.facebook.com/faunahumana

Fauna Humana brings together a group of puppet theater artists living in the metropolitan area. The founder of the group, Iida Vanttaja, is in charge of designing the characters. The composition of the group and of the musicians have varied, but the following have taken part in the Fauna team with Iida:
Mila Nirhamo, Anne Lihavainen, Ilpo Mikkonen, Susanna Hemmilä, Anna Uschanov, Anja Abonce, Elena Rekola, Marja-Elina Koivula, and Pentti Luomakangas, Pena Halme, Perrine Ferrafiat and Milla Risku.

Iida Vanttaja & co

Table theatre at Päivälehti Museum

Päivälehti Museum 28.8.-1.9.2019 non-stop
for all ages

Tickets Free admission!

Classic fairytales made for tv from the archives of YLE

YLE - the Finnish Broadcasting Company – has produced numerous fairytale programs for both radio and television. One of these productions was made in 1988 with the table theatre puppets designed by Maija Baric and Camilla Mickwitz for Puppet Theater Sampo. Now these fairytales can be seen at the SAMPO Festival! The fairy tales can be viewed at the Päivälehti Museum, where they run non-stop throughout the week, during the museum's opening hours, from 11am to 5pm daily. (Note: In the following times, there is other festival program at the museum, so : Sat 31st Aug 14am - 4pm, Sun 1pm 11am - 1:30 pm) During the festival, you can also try out table theatre yourself at the Päivälehti Museum! Table theater kit supplies will be on display throughout the week - make your own performance! You can also come and make your own puppet in a workshop:

Table Theatre Workshop Sat 31.8.2019 at 12.00

Come make your own table puppet with Sampos table theatre equipment! Instructed by puppeteer Ilpo Mikkonen. For children over 4 years (under school age accompanied by an adult). Limited number of places; free tickets can be redeemed at the ticket office (see ticket page for details!). Free entrance to all events at Päivälehti Museum.

The programs include the following stories adapted by Maija Baric for puppetry:

Maija ja karhu (Maija and the bear) - Pirtti (The old house) - Kolme karhua (Three bears) - Ujo lohikäärme (Shy dragon) - Porsas Urhea (Piglet ​​brave) - Prinsessa Ruusunen (Sleeping Beauty) - Kolme pukkia (Three goats) - Vehnäntähkä (Wheat Ear) - Prinsessa ja pässi (Princess and ram) - Orava heiluhäntä (Squirrel swinging tail)

Credits:
Narrated by Timo Torikka. Visual design of puppets: Camilla Mickwitz. Arranged and directed by Maija Baric. Puppeteer, music: Bojan Baric.
Production: Yleisradio (Finnish Broadcasting Company), Department for Children and Youth 1988.

You can continue making table theater at home as well, if you purchase a book with the fairytales from Puppet Theatre Sampo (12 €). Available also as part of the table theater package with all the puppets and sets (30 €). The book is available in Finnish, Swedish and English.

OPEN STAGE

Annantalo Sun 1.9.2019


Tickets

OPEN STAGE FOR PUPPET THEATRE PROFESSIONNALS Are you a puppeteer with an idea or an upcoming work? Come and show/tell us, we will give you feedback! Puppet Theatre Sampo organizes an Open Stage event for puppet theatre professionals at the festival. The event is open for performers or groups to present their 10-15 minute demo production or concept of future work to the professional jury and the audience. Performers can ask for written feedback on their questions that will be given to the audience before the event starts. The jury consists of domestic and international professionals with long histories in the field of puppetry. The event is free for all participants. The stage is provided with simple lighting and the sound equipment. For more information and registrations contact iivo.baric@nukketeatterisampo.fi. The call is open till 23.8. Applicants will be informed on 27.8. at the latest for acceptance to opportunity.  

FESTIVAL CLUB

The SAMPO Festival Club provides a meeting place for artists and the public at the festival. Get ready for memorable conversations about the performances and everything else, exhilarating meetings, serious and less serious subjects, laughter and relaxing!

The Festival Club is open every evening in Puppet Theatre Sampos Fairytale Cafe until 11 pm.

There is a special treat at the Festival Club on Saturday evening: Portwine, Popcorn and Puppetry!

KREPSKO Theatre Group gives you this cabaret-like event, celebrating little gems of theatre, ways of serving it differently – short and sweet, as well as big and pompous. Every event of PPP collects together yet another international combination of different artists; members, guests and friends of Krepsko Theatre Group. Every cabaret is a new adventure, like a secret party you´re invited to. It happens here and now and never again quite the same. Experience an unique, atmospheric evening, from which you´ll depart smiling. PPP has been seen in Puppet Theatre Sampo twice before.

Please notice: This is a performance taking place at the festival club, with tickets sold to the event. Limited amount of seats!

It is also possible to come to the festival club free of charge, but you get to see this performance only with a ticket.

KREPSKO Theatre Group: Portwine, Popcorn and Puppetry
Sampo Stage 31.8.2019 at 9.30 pm
Age recommendation: 5+, duration~ 90 min
Tickets 25€ / 19€

WORKSHOPS

Table theatre workshop on Saturday, 31.8. at 12 o’clock at Päivälehti Museum.

Come make your own table puppet with Sampos table theatre equipment!

The workshop will be arranged with puppeteer Ilpo Mikkonen as instructor.

Book your place at the workshop in advance from the website at www.nukketeatterisampo.fi/ohjelmisto or at the ticket office.

Free admission.

Remember also the bug workshops! 

After the performances of Fly Fly Ladybug you can come and make your own bug.

Teatteri ILMI Ö, Thu 29.8. at 10 am & 5 pm (performance starting time).

Free admission.

EXHIBITIONS

Puppets From Around the World

This exhibition is about the wonderful world of theatre puppets. The visitor can explore puppet traditions of different cultures and see puppets from around the globe from the 19th century to the present.

Puppet Theatre Sampo Gallery

Free Admission

Life in the puppet theatre – Pictures of life in Puppet Theatre Sampo by Ari Aalto from the years 1977 to 2002

Blue Gallery (Puppet Theatre Sampo)

Free admission

 

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TICKETS

Ticket prices:

Performances for adults: 25€ / 19€ (discount for students and pensioners)

Performances for children: 14€

Group tickets on weekday mornings: 10€/child, teachers 1€.

Festival passes: buy a pass online, get the tickets for individual performances at the ticket office. Note: you can only use one ticket per performance from the pass.
Prices:
5 performances for adults 100€
3 performances for adults 65€
5 performances for children 60€
3 performances for children 38€

Discount with theatre card or similar (professional puppeteers, actors etc): -3€. Only one ticket, for the holder of the card.

The easiest way to get tickets is from our webstore at www.nukketeatterisampo.fi/ohjelmisto.

NOTE: discount tickets for students and pensioners only by reservation or at the door!

You will find a direct link to the webstore at www.nukketeatterisampo.f/ohjelmisto in the details of every performance, where it says Tickets.

 

Ticket office: Nukketeatteri Sampo, Erottajankatu 7, Helsinki.

Reservations: 020 735 2235, toimisto@nukketeatterisampo.fi

Opening hours 2019:

After 1.8. Mon-Fri at 10am-3pm.

During the festival week 26.8.-1.9. the ticket office is open at least between 10am and 5pm and before the performances.

Ticket sale moves to the venue 45 minutes before the beginning of every performance, after which time you can only purchase tickets to the show in question at the venue.

Make sure to get your pre-reserved tickets 20 minutes before the show begins at the latest.

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Venues:

  1. Puppet Theatre Sampo, Erottajankatu 7
    http://www.nukketeatterisampo.fi/
  2. Teatteri Avoimet Ovet, Erottajankatu 5
    http://www.avoimetovet.fi/
  3. Annantalo, Annankatu 30
    http://www.annantalo.fi/
  4. Teatteri ILMI Ö, Iso Roobertinkatu 10
    http://www.teatteri-ilmio.fi/
  5. Päivälehti Museum, Ludviginkatu 2-4
    http://www.paivalehdenmuseo.fi/
  6. Central library Oodi, Töölönlahdenkatu 4
    http://www.oodihelsinki.fi/
  7. Dianapark


 

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