THE WANDERER (English version)

/ by Houkka Brothers

11. Jul

Sa, 20:00

12. Jul

So, 20:00

/ by Houkka Brothers

performance in English (German description here)

The Wanderer is based on a small Orthodox book, The Way of a Pilgrim. In the performance, the pilgrim’s journey is drawn on a table while the audience is sitting around that table and listening to the Houkka Brothers (Houkka is the Finnish word for fool) telling the story of a “fool in Jesus’ name”: He is a man who walks the length and breadth of Russia in the mid-19th century, seeking the unceasing prayer of the heart.

The Wanderer is a performance by visual artist Tero Nauha, theatre artist Kristian Smeds and vocal artist Juha Valkeapää. It has been on its own spiritual journey for many many years now. Its pilgrimage started in summer 2002 when three Finnish artists from different disciplines engaged with a small spiritual book that is a precious one to Russian Orthodox and Greek Catholics. There were many things in it they liked: Walking, breathing, doing something one knows one must do and not giving up. The Wanderer tells about joyful things.


“After the first Riga performance (in 2013) we looked at each other, and thought that we are ten years older than on those pictures taken in Kajaani. And you can see it. You can feel it. Births, deaths, divorces, falling-in-love’s, even some new works had taken place during those years. The first performance was ok, but tasted weird. Something had to be done if we wanted to show Wanderer again. It needed update. I’m curious to see how we do it.” (Juha Valkeapää - Helsinki, 23 April 2015)

Duration: 1,5 hrs


In the context of
FESTIVAALI ! 2015
Finnish Performance Festival

Devising/performing Tero Nauha / Kristian Smeds / Juha Valkeapää media partner taz. die tageszeitung

The Wanderer has been performed at Kajaani Poetry Week (2003) at Baltoscandal festival, Rakvere, Estonia (English Version June 2004), in Tampere (Finnish version, April 2005); Von Krahli, Tallinn & Kunsten Festival des Arts, Brussels (English version, May 2005); Hyvinkää (FIN, July 2005); Homo Novus, Riga (ENG, September 2005); NET Festival, Moscow (ENG, November 2005); Les Soirées Nomades, Paris (ENG, December 2005); Blackbox, Oslo & BIT, Bergen (ENG, February 2006); New Drama Action, Vilnius (ENG, May 2006); Merlin, Budapest (in Hungarian & English, November 2006), at Nordwind Festival Berlin (2009), in Trondheim (2011), and Riga (2013). Now twelve years after its premiere the piece will be shown again in Berlin.

Tickets € 13,- / reduced € 8,-
Festival Ticket € 28,- / reduced € 20,-