Playtime – a case study

Musica Nova festival’s concert combines puppetry, instrument-making and new technology.

  • 4.3.2023 at 18–19
  • 5.3.2023 at 15–16
1st floor, Kiasma Theatre
Tickets: 25 € / 15 €

A man with a guitar and a woman with ice skaters in her hands.

Photo: Heikki Tuuli


In this collective work by composer Perttu Haapanen, guitarist Petri Kumela and puppeteer Alma Rajala, traditional craftsmanship of instrument construction and cutting-edge technology meet in a musical hall of mirrors, where the guitar struggles to break free from its traditional Spanish role, with varying results. The theatre of objects adds a palpable dimension to the work in which objects brush along and against the grain of sound, and the guitar, too, is handled in novel ways.

The piece is performed on an active acoustic guitar that Kumela has been involved in developing as part of an inter-Nordic project organised by the Academy of Finland. The instrument is a classical concert guitar with microphones and actuators installed inside the body. It still works as an acoustic concert instrument, but with enhanced features and surprising soundscapes.

The performance is part of Musica Nova -festival

Working group

Direction, performer: Alma Rajala
Expanded guitar: Petri Kumela
Set construction: Sisu Nojonen
Light design: Jarkko Forsman
Composition and electronics: Perttu Haapanen