Estonian Games. Wedding (release 2)

Estonian Games. Wedding (release 2)

Premiere: June the 28th 1999
at the “Theater der Welt” festival in Berlin

“Estonian Games. Wedding” release 2 tours:

— 28th, 29th, 30th of June 1999 Sophiensäle; festival “Theater der Welt” (Berlin, Germany)

— 27th, 28th of August 1999 Hamburg Festival (Germany)

— 30th of August 4th of September 1999 Felix Meritis (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

— November 1999 – festival “Mare Balticum” (Oldenburg, Germany)

author & staging PEETER JALAKAS


author & set and costume design LIINA KEEVALLIK

music INDREK KALDA, TOOMAS LUNGE, PEETER JALAKAS

cameraman URMAS SEPP

computer program PRIIT RASPEL

cast 
GUIDO KANGUR, ENAR TARMO, TIINA TAURAITE, JUHAN ULFSAK, ERKI LAUR, LIINA VAHTRIK

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and Setu choir “Leiko”
 VEERA HIRSIK, MARIA ENNO, ANNA KUREMÄGI, MAIME KAPTEN, LIIDIA LIND, ANNA KÕIVA, MARIA RÕZIKOVA




“Estonian Games. Wedding” release 2 is a multimedia performance-computer game based on Estonian history, folk belief and traditions. On the stage there is a big screen on which the picture of computer screen is projected. On this screen are shown the highlights of Estonian history from the very olden days till the eve of the Millennium. At the same time on the stage the actors and Setu choir are performing a wedding ritual which interacts with and is influenced by the situations and choices of the Estonian history on the screen.

”Estonian Games. Wedding” release 2 features hi-tech technology side by side to traditional songs performed by the Setu choir Leiko and has enjoyed success both home and abroad.

 

A short introduction to Setus by Vaike Sarv:

SETUMAA

In the south-eastern part of Estonia there is a small county bordered in the north-east by the Lake Pihkva , in the east and southeast by Russia, in the south by Latvia and in the west by Võrumaa, a county of South Estonia.

THE SETUS

The Setu language is a South-Estonian dialect but its pronunciation and vocabulary show Russian influences.
 In the Setu culture there are to be distinguished several layers. There are found elements of the clothing and singing traditions of the Volga Finns as well as traces of the material and spiritual culture of the Balto-Finns. Although the Setus were Christianized before the 16th century by the orthodox priests, they have preserved a number of elements of the pre-Christian folk belief.

SONGS

Songs have accompanied the Setus from cradle to grave and these were mostly the women who sang. Already small girls practiced singing watching their mothers at work or herding the cattle and by the time they were to marry they were able to perform dozens of bridal laments. The Setu wedding ritual is full of songs at the farms of both, the bride and the bridegroom. The Setu folk song is not a fixed unit but hangs at every concrete performance depending on needs of the concrete situation.
 The Setu choir, differing form the other Balto-Finnic runo choirs, is polyphonic. The upper accompanying voice is sung by a woman with especially strong and sonorous voice.

THE LEELO CHOIR “LEIKO”

One of the first Setu leelo (‘leelo’ means ‘song’ in Setu) choirs was set up in Värska in 1964. It was called “Leiko” (delivered from the Estonian word for ‘game’). The repertoire includes about 100 Setu folk songs and the majority of them have been recorded in the Estonian folklore archives.

 

 

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