Narrative, Power and the Public
10. Esa Kirkkopelto: “It Is a Matter of Collective Self-Education, Re-Education through Cooperation”
Esa Kirkkopelto works as a professor of artistic research in the Theatre Academy of the University of Arts, Helsinki, Finland. He initiated the performing arts collective Other Spaces. Founded in 2004, the group consists of artists from several fields: “Other Spaces invents and develops collective physical exercises through which people can enter in contact with modes of experience and being other than human. The aim of the group is to change together” (see http://www.toisissatiloissa.net/).
Tere Vadén: Let’s start from the practical. How do the sessions of the Other Spaces collective happen?
Esa Kirkkopelto: We meet once a week, for circa 3 hours, from 6 pm to 9 pm. Each session is started by going over practical matters, if any, tuning in for the session, doing a warming up exercise and planning what to do, discussing ideas for which exercises to choose from the repertoire. We create a list over the exercises for the day, not so many, maybe four or five, and conclude each exercise with a discussion. The exercise must be enjoyable in itself, so that participants get something out of it. The sessions take place in an old gas workstation in Suvilahti, Helsinki.
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