Eternal Return is a strange ride. Imagine being able to view your entire life from any vantage point. What if you could observe your older self through the eyes of your youth or watch yourself from the perspective of a houseplant in the dusty corner of your childhood living room? Set in an otherworldly waiting room, we watch as one deals with trials and tribulations of a predetermined experience. In this uncanny space, a story unfolds and refolds in on itself stumbling through an ineffable existence from multiple viewpoints.
Thar Be Dragons’ production, Eternal Return is a full-length evening work drawing inspiration from concepts of eternal recurrence, a concept that the universe and all existence and energy has been recurring, and will continue to recur, in a self-similar form an infinite number of times across infinite time or space.
This philosophical science fiction focuses on bending the perception of time by warping everyday movement into extreme physical states to expose deeper layers of the psyche.
Premiere 05.11.2021 Valvesali - Oulu, Finland
Concept and direction: Annamari Keskinen
Performance: Ryan Mason, Annamari Keskinen, Meriheini Luoto
Music: Meriheini Luoto
Text: Annamari Keskinen, Ryan Mason
Sound design: Meriheini Luoto, Kaj Mäki-Ullakko
Light design: Jukka Huitila
Set design: Aino Koski
Production: Jojo Oulu Dance Centre, Thar Be Dragons
Supported by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Alfred Kordelin foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Dance All Year Long, Shawbrook Dance, Tanssin talo
Photo credits: Janne-Pekka Manninen
Trailer 1 by Fruit Frame
Trailer 2 by Teemu Kyytinen
Full recording of the show by request.