‘Metsän väki - Forest Dwellers’ is a cross-art project combining music, visual art, dance and performance art. In the heart of the project is a performance that highlights the use of different organic materials both as an inspiration and means of creating artworks.
In the performance there are artworks by sculptor and environmental artist Jenni Tieaho, These large overcoats, made out of different organic materials such as pine cones and fireweed, are echoes of the forest guardians of the ancient forest. The overcoat is like our ancient national costume which gives shelter to our naked body. By wearing it, the modern human being goes on a journey into his/her 'forester' history.
The music for the performance is written by Johanna Pitkänen. It's performed by using acoustic instruments and sounding objects. The music also gives room for improvisation.
In addition, the performance includes dance and performance art which examine the themes of the project through the bodily and earthy experience.
Jenni Tieaho - sculptures, performance
Johanna Pitkänen - composition, piano, percussion
Simona Piron - vibraphone, other percussion instruments
Anu Keski-Saari - cello
Eevi Tolvanen - dance, sounding objects
A mysterious curtain separates you from the rest of the world. You hear and see strange things. You disappear into the ground and come up again. You cannot estimate the passing of time. You might have turned into a bizarre stone, a stump or a tussock…You have been covered by forest. - From the book Tree People