Playtime – a case study

Image: Heikki Tuuli

Event Introduction

The collective work by composer Perttu Haapanen, guitarist Petri Kumela and puppet theatre artist Alma Rajala brings together traditional instrument-making and the latest technology in a musical hall of mirrors, where the guitar struggles to free itself from the traditional Spanish confines with varying results. Object theatre brings the work a tangible dimension, where objects create sound that goes both with and against the grain and the guitar is played in a new way.

The work is performed on an active acoustic guitar that Kumela has helped to develop in a joint Nordic project by the Academy of Finland. It is a classical concert guitar with microphones and amplifiers installed inside, which means that it still works as an acoustic concert instrument but has extended features and surprising soundscapes.

Alma Rajala, direction, performance
Petri Kumela, expanded guitar
Sisu Nojonen, lighting and set design
Jarkko Forsman, lighting
Perttu Haapanen, composition and electronics


Event Information

  • Time:

    • Sat 4.3.2023 18:00

    • Sun 5.3.2023 15:00

  • Organiser:

    Musica nova Helsinki

  • Address:

    Kiasma Theatre
    Mannerheiminaukio 2
    00100 Helsinki

  • Tickets:

    25 / 15 € (

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