Theatre NO99
Director Juhan Ulfsak
Performers: Rea Lest, Jörgen Liik, Simeoni Sundja and Jakob Juhkam
Composer Jakob Juhkam
Light and video: Petri Tuhkanen,
Costumes and drawings: Kärt Hammer
Dramaturg Eero Epner
Partially based on Bernardo Bertolucci’s film “The Dreamers” and Jean Cocteau’s book “Les Enfants Terribles”

February 18 at 20.00
Zirgu iela Concert venue, Kaļķu iela 11
In Estonian with translation into Latvian and English
Duration: 1h25
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“NO36 The Dreamers” is a stage production about young people who simultaneously seek intense fellowship with the world and wish to withdraw from it completely. Like all contemporary people, they are aware that they should change what is around them – and still they are attracted to a hut in the mountains instead. Their only chance for relating to the world is sensitive, sadistic and cruel games with one another, erotic and gentle touches. Building a shelter out of sheets and gum, where one can hide from the world, and there with the help of leather gloves, kisses and a hot water bag to strive towards something that it would be possible to believe in, even if only for a split second. Their only weapon is a guitar, drums and a microphone, into which to sing words that only they themselves understand. A scream said outwards that is aimed at oneself. Inability to be sincere, inability to be ironic.

Juhan Ulfsak ties together surreality and reality, decadence and the present day, poetry and sharp cuts. Jakob Juhkam has written the music and performs it on stage as a band together with the actors. Praised for its raw live music and acting that is rich in nuances in both appearance and movement, this performance unexpectedly surpasses any stage show of a so-called proper black metal band. As one music review has put it: “Some sort of hipsters came along and they do fringe metal many times better than orthodox head bangers.”

Juhan Ulfsak (1973) has proceeded from anarchism, punk, decadence, surrealism and conceptualism, but his productions have also recontextualized classic plays. He has staged texts and structures by Michel Houellebecq, Sarah Kane, William Golding, Lars von Trier, among others. Ulfsak is also a well-regarded stage and film actor. He has won many awards and other recognition for his work, both in and outside Estonia.