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Spectators

Spectators followed the play by seeing expressions and moves of modern dance performers only through their shadows and silhouettes. Moreover, the storyline was enhanced by the small orchestra Tölöläb playing instruments such as clarinet, oboe and mixing electronic music into the score. In all respects a mystic and unique realization.

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All the little children

Helsinki Festival is known to support new promising talents and multi-arts productions. Advertised as "a dark intense dance performance about compassion and what happens when you lose it" made us curious to go to the premiere of Varjele, a contemporary shadow dance performance in a hexagonal shadow theatre. The audience was seated inside on benches next to the musicians and dancers performed outside and around the hexagonal stage.

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MC DJ Bunuel

Master of ceremonies at the main stage of the Funky Elephant Festival was no other than DJ Bunuel (aka Måns Strömberg). In the mid-seventies, he started as DJ and has been making programs for numerous radio stations. Also, he had a TV show presenting the Finnish Top40. In the nineties, he was one of the pioneers using the CD player as an instrument and has appeared in bands projects such as The Rasmus, RinneRadio, Linda Lampenius, Cool Sheiks, Lenni-Kalle Taipale, Giant Robot and much more. At this image, he is to introduce the British Soul legend, Omar.

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Yilan Kabilesi

The Funky Elephant Festival was an event full of soul and funk as well as exotic music performances. In the Unity Haven venue, the Balkan Fever club makers introduced to an oriental soundscape, burlesque and belly dancing. Yilan Kabilesi is a Finnish belly dance trio.

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3D Shadow Club

This year the Funky Elephant Festival had various venues. A one-of-a-kind experience spectators could exploit in the 3D Shadow club. Finnish Risto Puurunen built a fascinating installation where with help of 3D Glasses people could discover for example butterflies in the room.

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Standing ovation

All in all, Vixen is a terrific and truly entertaining new way to experience opera. The standing ovation for the musicians and actors was more than deserved. It was so good that it must be seen, wherever next this ensemble will perform. Highly recommended!

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Prelude

What makes this silent opera so immersive and engaging is that throughout the show the actors move and act alongside the audience while they can hear and experience every detail straight through headphones.

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Konepajan Bruno

The primary event we visited at the Helsinki Festival was a silent opera concept, taking place in Konepajan Bruno, an old railway engine workshop in the district of Vallila.

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A scene in a living room

Latest once the audience got to the scene in the living room of the Forester family it became apparent that Janáček’s original is not the tale of a forest animal. Vixen is a modern play about a homeless young girl looking for shelter in the Greater London area. All around the living room spectators were seated on sofas, chairs or on the floor within the theatrical setting. Equipped with headphones they follow the emerging singer's dramatic dialogues sang in tenor and soprano while listening to the musical score.

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Missing person

Entering a long corridor designed with missing person flyers gave clues of the plot. At the same time, the audience heard statistics revealing numbers of persons who have disappeared for unknown reasons.

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To begin with

For the first time, Helsinki's Konepajan Bruno opened up to be a venue for an opera performance. Hailing from England Silent Opera and Finnish Koominen Opera presented Vixen - an unforgettable immersive theatre and silent disco concept. The libretto by Czech composer Leoš Janáček’s 1924 opera The Cunning Little Vixen unveiled a modern play about love, tragedy and death. To begin with the first act all audience needed beforehand to collect headphones and wait for further instructions.

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One band to see

Suspekt is a band to see, even if you don't understand a word in Danish, their spectacular show is worth to experience live.

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Festival hygge

This picture is from a previous year when the weather was superb. This year (2017) it seems it will be very muddy and rainy experience.

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Pre-build tent colony

All pre-build two-person tents by Roskilde festival usually are sold out weeks before the event even begins.

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Eating well

Good nourishment is necessary when you participate such music festival. Ultimate festivalgoers can eat very well at the food court.

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Supporting DIY

FabLab RUC had in the Dream City there own small-scale workshop offering participants to build small loudspeakers, Ukulele and other useful things.

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