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Teatteri Iva (Theatre Iva) is an independent theatre collective based in Tampere, Finland. After many hours of idle at cafés, an idea became an organisation as Iva was founded by three friends of joy, jokes and jazz in 2019.
2019 and Valuma
Our first-born Valuma premiered in August 2019 at the bottom of a concrete skatepark pool in the industrial area Hiedanranta in the periphery of Tampere. The production laid heavily on lighting design and strong soundscapes and was written, directed, composed and produced completely independently by the 12-headed group. The topics the screenplay rose from included loss of parent, social exclusion and sibling relationships. Valuma attracted both regional and national attention and sold out nearly all of its shows. Valuma was partly funded by Tampere City Cultural Services and Minela Säätiö (Minela Foundation). See more info and pictures.
After breathing the concrete dust for a good while, Iva premiered a pop-up theatre concept called Iva-ilta (Evening of Iva). As we had found ourselves far too ambitious, we figured to try something more low-key. Iva-ilta is our platform for performing brief scenes (monologues, poetry and whatnot) in changing environments. The concept first incarnated in February 2020 with Ilta Nykyajassa (An Evening in Present Time), an event where three actors performed monologues in a local gallery free of charge. See pictures.
Later on in 2020 theatre, alike all events, had to be paused or reinvented. Iva wired their creative brains to create a concept where live theatre could remain but audience and crew safety would be a priority. Drive-in play Dinneri (Dinner) was created. It premiered in the parking lot of iconic Pyynikki Summer Theatre in July 2020, attracted both regional and national attention and sold out all its shows.
Following the tradition of American drive-in cinema, the stage for Dinneri was framed with a silver screen and live footage of the play was projected onto it. Audience was assigned each their own parking space with safety distances and were allowed to arrive with a car, a bike or for a picnic. Sound was performed via radio frequency. The play itself unfolded in front of and behind the screen and audience vehicles.
Both thematically and aesthetically the stage work focused on twenty-somethings in the 2020’s. The four characters sit down for dinner to celebrate successful identities and relationships, but as one of them can no longer hold the façade, nothing remains the same.