Superb review of R.I.P. SERVICES in Teatteri&tanssi magazine 05/2016 !!

The brand new number 5/2016 of the most influential Finnish theatre magazine Teatteri&tanssi includes a superb review of R.I.P. SERVICES at URB 16 Festival / Finnish National Gallery in Helsinki! Full translation to follow soon, here are some quotes:

… R.I.P. SERVICES offered us one surprise after another; it was a very detailed crash course on dying preparation … did I become distressed? Not at all, because the pleasant soundscape, the precise script, intriguing video projections, and the common breathing exercises guided us gently to reflect on these issues … The performance succeeded to “scratch” a crack in the untouched “mental foil” of the human mind that keeps the fear of death away … The hour-long performance also included humour. It offered “personal trainers” for “death management” … This service that chaffed at life-coaching businesses, was, I would say, a frighteningly brilliant idea.

-Raisa Rauhamaa, Teatteri&tanssi 5/2016, Helsinki (translated by JL)


About Joonas Lahtinen

Joonas Lahtinen (* 1984, FIN/A) is a performance artist, director and researcher who lives and works in Vienna and Helsinki. His performances are often site-specific and have a strong installational character. In his works, he explores the politics of space and of the everyday from perspectives that are both humorous and disturbing. Joonas has studied Performance at Queen Mary, University of London and he is writing a PhD thesis about the problematic of “emancipatory” participative art at the University of Helsinki. Since 1995, he has performed in various Live Art, theatre and TV productions both in Finland and abroad.
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