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Ojasoo / Semper

According to various prognoses, the number of Estonians during the next years will drop remarkably. No, there is no increase in births. No, maternity benefits have not helped. No, we still do not smile at children, we do not build more kindergartens and we keep asking: what is it all for anyway?

In the name of Estonia, says the production "ГЭП". Tiit Ojasoo’s production tells about the extinction of Estonians and the deficit of children. In this kind of situation, a group of young men decide upon a desperate, but right course of action. They have realised that the moment to save Estonians is now or never. They action is morally unacceptable, ethically dubious, but the only correct one that would achieve their goal. Who of us would want to become anonymous?
The production is based on the actors’ improvisations.  “The population keeps growing for another 18 months, and then stops,” says demographer Kalev Katus. “The future is clear: some nations will die out, drastic changes will occur in the nations’ shortlist, and only those survive who manage to radically alter the foundations of their society. Population scientists agree: the existing means have not helped, and we need a totally crazy idea.” And the idea exists.

Director is Tiit Ojasoo, scenography by Ene-Liis Semper. Text by the actors, Eero Epner, Ene-Liis Semper and Tiit Ojasoo. Cast: Rasmus Kaljujärv, Sergo Vares, Gert Raudsep, Elina Reinold (guest), Inga Salurand, Jaak Prints, Mirtel Pohla, Tiit Ojasoo, Andres Mähar, Risto Kübar and Tambet Tuisk.

Premiere was on May 16th 2007.

Duration appr. 2.50, one interval.

GEP has been invited to the following festivals:
DRAAMA 2007 (Grand Prix, Best Ensemble prizes), Baltic Theatre Autumn (Panevezhys, Lithuania; Grand Prix, Best Scenography, Best Supporting Role for Jaak Prints), auawirleben (Bern, Switzwerland), KONTAKT (Torun, Poland, Third Prize and Special Prize), Wiener Festwochen (Austria), Neue Stücke aus Europa (Wiesbaden), Tampere Teatterikesä (Finland), Baltiiski Dom (St Petersburg), PAZZ 08 (Oldenburg), Politik im Freien Theater (Cologne), Zolotaja Maska (Moscow), a/d Werf (Utrecht).

Photos: Tiit Ojasoo