Tatu Rönkkö in the Dark

A sound work, inspired by the arctic nature, leads listeners deep into an imaginary time and place.

  • 21.1.2023 at 15–16
1st floor, Kiasma Theatre
Tickets: 20 € / 12 €

A man with a seashell covered face.

Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Petri Virtanen


Percussionist and sound artist Tatu Rönkkö spent last winter on the subarctic shores of northern Norway and at Lake Kilpisjärvi in Finland, collecting sounds and objects. From snow, frozen seaweed, the shells of snow crabs and sea urchins as well as drill bits, he fashioned futuristic-archaeological instruments. Heard in the sound work at Kiasma Theatre, they lead listeners deep into an imaginary time and place.

Tatu Rönkkö studies sound on the macro level : “When you slow sounds down, the object becomes larger and time stretches. In other words, the human listener becomes a ever so tiny… The realisation of this perspective is both stimulating and arresting. In addition to the sounds, I also dove visually to the micro level by using pictures I had taken with a microscope at the Kilpisjärvi biological station, which served as a further inspiration for the process of composition.”

The sonically three-dimensional and immersive piece is presented in a fully blacked out theatre without any visual stimuli.

Concert in the dark

Kiasma Theatre has arranged concerts in the dark since 2018, with an aim to focus only on listening. The series has presented the following artists so far: Olavi Louhivuori, Norman Orro (EST), Karina, Ville Aalto.

Location and accessibility

Kiasma Theatre is located on the first floor, at the opposite end of the building from the main doors. The theatre has no numbered seats. Jackets and bags can be left to Kiasma’s cloakroom for free.

The top level of Kiasma Theatre is accessible. We recommend to contact Kiasma’s info before if a place for a weelchair is needed.

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