Inventive theater performances are the trademark of the Bravo! festival

A Line Art: Ready Steady GO / Photo: Martin Brown

The Bravo! International Theatre Festival for Young Audiences, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, will bring fascinating performances to metropolitan area cultural centers on March 10-18, 2018. Audiences in Vantaa will see theater performances from Great Britain, Denmark, Belgium, Italy and, of course, Finland. There will also be one premiere morning!

Danish Teater Blik invites under-four-year-old children to enjoy the fun and surprising world of the nonverbal Hov play.

“In plays targeted at this young an audience, the meaning of the story remains of lesser importance, while images, music and atmosphere take the center stage. You can always find depth behind playful, humorous and poetic performances. Young spectators cannot necessarily put their experiences into words after the performance, but during it, they are very concentrated; they laugh, cry, listen and feel. And that is the goal of my performances,” explains Gertrud Exner who created the Hov play.

A common language may arise through gestures, facial expressions and interpretation

In Vantaa, Hov will be seen at Cultural House Martinus, Children's Art Center Toteemi and Art Centre Pessi. The performance has earlier toured Denmark, the Czech Republic, Estonia and France, and the child audiences’ reactions have been highly similar regardless of their mother tongues or cultural backgrounds. Exner acknowledges that even though language may add resonance and new color to a performance, humor and rhythm are of the same kind almost everywhere.

In addition to Teater Blik, the Italian La Baracca Testoni Ragazzi and the Belgian Doble Mandoble will also delight Vantaa with their nonverbal performances. The English-language performances of the British A Line of Art group will be interpreted into Finnish, while Grus Grus Theatre's Koivuhiiri ja päästäinen will be seen in Vantaa in both Finnish and brand-new Swedish morning performances.

Bravo family days’ performances are supplemented with workshops

Besides the different performances, Bravo family days will take place in Martinlaakso, Myyrmäki, Korso and Tikkurila, during which children get to enjoy fun workshops in addition to theater. Bravo is advertised in the metropolitan area, for example, at bookmobile stops. Fillariteatteri presents at Vantaa bookmobile stops on Tuesday, March 13, as of 16:00, parts of Mila Nurhamo's Makkarapiruetti, which combines puppet theater, verbal arts, and clownery.

You are encouraged to buy tickets to presentations at art houses in advance at Vantaa Info, which sells them at €5 per ticket. Family tickets — costing €15 — are sold for Bravo family days.

English-language and nonverbal performances in Vantaa

Saturday 10.3. at 13–16 / Bravo! family day in Tikkurila

Photo: Martin Brown

Children's Art Center Pessi, Kielotie 14
at 13–15 Non stop -workshop
at 15 A Line Art (Great Britain): Ready Steady Colour
(recommended for ages 2 and up, 35 minutes, performed in English, interpreter present)
Come in to our make-believe restaurant. Grab a table, choose your ‘food’ and then colour it in. Ready Steady Colour is an interactive theatre experience for all the family that encourages audiences to get creative together. Designed by A Line Art and set in a pop-up restaurant, simply turn up, order your black and white ‘plate of food’ and then get colouring! While you’re decorating your plate with glittery ketchup or yellow paint mustard, our restaurant’s colourful waiting staff will entertain you with comedy, music and storytelling.
Tickets €5 (family ticket €15) when bought in advance at Vantaa Info, €7 (family ticket €15) when bought in cash at the door. Advance booking, tel. 0983929044, kulttuuritapahtumat@vantaa.fi

Sunday 11.3. at 13–16 / Bravo! family day in Martinlaakso

Photo: Teater Blik

Cultural House Martinus (foyer), Martinlaaksontie 36
at 13–15 Non stop -workshop
at 15 TeaterBLIK (Denmark): HOV!
(Recommended age: 1–4, 30 minutes, wordless)
Life is full of surprises. Nothing is as we expect it, everything changes and moves. Paper, in all its fragility and diversity, is the protagonist. Origami, music, paper folds and shapes create a performance about life’s diverse and chaotic beauty. Like abstract painting and newly composed music in a universe of delicate, transitory paper in constant transformation.
Tickets €5 (family ticket €15) when bought in advance at Vantaa Info, €7 (family ticket €15) when bought in cash at the door. Advance booking, tel. 0983929044, kulttuuritapahtumat@vantaa.fi

Monday 12.3. at 10 / TeaterBLIK (Denmark): HOV!

Children's Art Center Toteemi, Myyrmäentie 6
(Recommended age: 1–4, 30 minutes, wordless)
Life is full of surprises. Nothing is as we expect it, everything changes and moves. Paper, in all its fragility and diversity, is the protagonist. Origami, music, paper folds and shapes create a performance about life’s diverse and chaotic beauty. Like abstract painting and newly composed music in a universe of delicate, transitory paper in constant transformation.
Tickets €5 when bought in advance at Vantaa Info, €7 when bought in cash at the door. Advance booking, tel. 0983929044, kulttuuritapahtumat@vantaa.fi

Tuesday 13.3. at 10 / TeaterBLIK (Denmark): HOV!

Children's Art Center Pessi, Kielotie 14
(Recommended age: 1–4, 30 minutes, wordless)
Life is full of surprises. Nothing is as we expect it, everything changes and moves. Paper, in all its fragility and diversity, is the protagonist. Origami, music, paper folds and shapes create a performance about life’s diverse and chaotic beauty. Like abstract painting and newly composed music in a universe of delicate, transitory paper in constant transformation.
Tickets €5 when bought in advance at Vantaa Info, €7 when bought in cash at the door. Advance booking, tel. 0983929044, kulttuuritapahtumat@vantaa.fi

Tuesday 13.3. at 10 / Doble Mandoble (Belgium): Mi Otro Yo (sold out)

Photo: Hubert Braxmaier

Cultural Center Vernissa, Tikkurilantie 36
(Recommended age: 7, 60 minutes, wordless)
In a fantasy universe, not a million miles from our own reality, a day goes by, filled with unexpected situations which bring our protagonists face to face with their multiple identities. We start with the story of two characters, mix in a bit of the absurd, some eggs and a pinch of innocence and we get a delicious, natural, fresh... chicken? Playing with the threshold of surrealism, Mi otro yo fuses magic with acrobatics and physical theatre, creating a result permeated by humour and poetry.
Sold out.

Friday 16.3. at 10 / La Baracca Testoni Ragazzi (Italy): Upside Down

Photo: Matteo Chiura

Lumosali, Urpiaisentie 14
(Recommended age: 1–6, 35 minutes, wordless)
Two surreal characters live on different planes, they move along opposite sides and look at things from different points of view. Each of them lives life with their own certainties and fears, both scared but curious to meet the other. Then, one day, the encounter. Maybe by chance, maybe not, spaces turn upside down and points of view cross in an upturned place: a new, shared space where words told with the eyes and words drawn on blank sheets of paper become stories. The show is visually ever-changing, objects and spaces change according to the eyes of the watcher.
Tickets €5 when bought in advance at Vantaa Info, €7 when bought in cash at the door. Advance booking, tel. 0983929044, kulttuuritapahtumat@vantaa.fi

Saturday 17.3. at 13–16 / Bravo! family day in Korso

Lumosali, Urpiaisentie 14
at 13–15 Non stop -workshop
at 13.30–14.15 Theater workshop for 4–6-yearolds with Upside Down -performers Andrea Buzzetti and Carlotta Zini
at 15 La Baracca Testoni Ragazzi (Italy): Upside Down
Two surreal characters live on different planes, they move along opposite sides and look at things from different points of view. Each of them lives life with their own certainties and fears, both scared but curious to meet the other. Then, one day, the encounter. Maybe by chance, maybe not, spaces turn upside down and points of view cross in an upturned place: a new, shared space where words told with the eyes and words drawn on blank sheets of paper become stories. The show is visually ever-changing, objects and spaces change according to the eyes of the watcher.
Tickets €5 (family ticket €15) when bought in advance at Vantaa Info, €7 (family ticket €15) when bought in cash at the door. Advance booking, tel. 0983929044, kulttuuritapahtumat@vantaa.fi

Saturday 17.3. at 13.30–16 / Bravo! family day in Myyrmäki

Photo: Martin Brown

Children's Art Center Toteemi, Myyrmäentie 6
at 13.30–15 Non stop -workshop
at 15 A Line Art (Great Britain): Ready Steady GO
(Recommended for ages 3 and up, 50 minutes, performed in English, interpreter present)
Ready, Steady, GO! Welcome to the driving school! First, you get to create and colour your own car. Then we will accelerate through an adventure involving a car wash, road works and snowy roads. Let’s have fun and remember road safety, honk honk!
Tickets €5 (family ticket €15) when bought in advance at Vantaa Info, €7 (family ticket €15) when bought in cash at the door. Advance booking, tel. 0983929044, kulttuuritapahtumat@vantaa.fi

You will find all Vantaa performances in the Finnish-language news.

The metropolitan area festival program: www.bravofestivaali.fi

Published: 20.2.2018 
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