Songs of Estonian Men
Songs of Estonian Men
Composer VELJO TORMIS
Music Director TÕNU KALJUSTE
Director PEETER JALAKAS
Costume Designer REET AUS
Technical director ENAR TARMO
Dance master ARNOLD CHIWALALA
Musicians CELIA ROOSE, MADIS METSAMART, IMRE EENMAA
Performers RIINA MAIDRE, TAAVI EELMAA, JUHAN ULFSAK, ERKI LAUR, MART KOLDITS, ARNO TAMM, MATI TURI, RAINER VILU, MARTIN SILDOS, HENRY TIISMA, VAHUR SOONBERG, JAAK JUHANSON, JOONAS KREEN, JAANUS KANN, LEMMO LATTIKAS, ARGO VALS, RAUL LOBANOV, VAHUR PARVE, KULDAR SCHTZ, IVO ONTON, TNU AAV, TANIEL KIRIKAL, TNIS KAUMANN
Choirmaster VERONIKA PORTSMUTH
Sound TANEL KLESMENT, KASPAR KARNER
Light ALLAN RIM
Techinical arrangements ENAR TARMO, OLIVER KULPSOO, JANNO JAANUS, ROMAN NESO LAUPMAA, JOOSEP TORMIS
Make-up artists ANU KONZE, KAIRE HENDRKSON
Video PEETER JALAKAS, LAURI SEPP, URMAS SEPP
Props KARIN TETSMANN, ANNE-MAI HEIMOLA
Provider KAIDO KIVITOA
Special effects BLAST WAVE
Producers BIRGIT KRULLO, KERTU ORRO
Graphic design ARBO TAMMIKSAAR
Special thanks! Toni Eylandt (www.judokool.ee), Taavo Tiko, Alger Holzmann and Tallink Takso, Kultuurikatel, RO Estonia
The foundation of Estonian musical tradition lies indisputably in our thousand-year-old runo song. According to Veljo Tormis runo song is the most outstanding phenomenon of Estonian culture.
The collaboration of Theatre Von Krahl and Nargen Opera brings to stage Songs of Estonian Men. This is the third part of folk song trilogy by Veljo Tormis.
If previous stories (Estonian Ballads and Songs of Estonian Women) were commended and performed by rather conservative and settled women, men will provide spectacle and show. Since they have been the ones to travel, to gather experience as sailors and warriors from the darkest and lightest places in the world, men have brought back stories from shores afar and speak of matters entirely new in completely different ways. Men’s songs are humorous, mocking, and even obscene at times. The production intensifies the words, showing us things that men encounter on their way to propose to a woman, sailing on the sea or drinking in a tavern – highs and depths, oil and water, force and might.
As older runo songs are lyrical and more feminine, the newer layer of folk songs brought about epic stories of man’s world. The significance of men both as creators and performers of folk music grows gradually from then on. These songs tell tales about everyday problems, such as people’s fight against clergymen and estate owners, at the same time women’s topics become even more sentimental and romantic.
All 10 songs from the choral cycle Men’s Songs are performed. Every song is performed by different soloist, supported by choir of 20 men. In addition, choral scene “Curse upon Iron” by Veljo Tormis and two runo songs are performed. The only woman taking the stage is Celia Roose.
Premiere on 7th of June 2008
Performances on 9-12, 14-16, 18-20 June 2008 at 7PM in Kultuurikatel (Põhja pst 27a Tallinn)
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Date & Time
S 7. June