A screening: Kristina Norman & Theatre NO99

UUE - Estonian Contemporary (Performance) Art Festival


The screening presents two different artworks that reflects the political atmosphere in Estonia.

Sun, February 25 at 14:00
Seminar room

Price 5 e
Festival pass (incl. 2 performances and a screening) 25 e (The festival pass is available until 21 Feb at 18:00)
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Duration approx. 2,5h
Language: Estonian, English subtitles

Kristina Norman: Festive Spaces (2016)

The film Festive Spaces is a contemplation on the production of ideological spaces and their use in different temporal and ideological contexts. It is a lecture-performance staged in the assembly hall of a Soviet-time school building in Tallinn.

With participation of pupils of Russian-language schools, the piece deconstructs a media scandal concerning a class photograph taken in a hall of the History Museum as part of the ritual of inauguration of the first graders of one of Russian school in Tallinn. According to the National Broadcasting, taking pictures on the background of the mural Friendship of Nations (1987) by an acknowledged Estonian painter Evald Okas has an anti-Estonian undertone, as the iconography of the mural depicts Soviet symbols and subjects.
Duration: 31,50min.

Kristina Norman (b. 1979) is an artist and documentary maker based in Tallinn, Estonia. Her works often focus on collective memory and monuments, the construction of political narratives in post-soviet spaces. Many of her works connected to the conflicts around the sites of memory: Bronze soldier, War of Independence Victory Column in Tallinn, metallic rack of Christmas tree on Maidan Square and Palace Square in St. Petersburg among the others. Kristina Norman represented Estonia at the international Venice Biennale (2009) and her works are exhibited internationally

no55: Ash and Money + Q&A

In 2010 Theatre NO99 came out with a production that theatralised the whole Estonian society. NO75 Unified Estonia assembly was a fictious political movement created by Theatre NO99 that a large portion of the public treated as a real political force. In a unique way it combined performing arts, politics, media and civil society. For the 44 days from the first press conference to the culmination of the founding assembly of the fictious party with 7000 people attending, Unified Estonia was followed by a film team that thoroughly documented the project.

NO55 Ash and Money is the first film project by Theatre NO99. It is a full lenght making-of documentary that sheds light into how NO75 Unified Estonia came to be, interviews the people behind the project and also many political figures in office at the time and looks into how the process of creating possibly the biggest contemporary performing arts event in recent European history evolved in real time. Unified Estonia encompassed the fears and hopes, the manipulations and dissapointments connected with how politics is made in contemporary democracies. It was a stunt of fictious hyperpopulism meant to make the true populism in real life redundant. The documentary shows the full variety of emotions and the dramatic turns that were experienced by the makers of Unified Estonia.

NO55 Ash and Money has been received with much fascination at various film festival audiences around the world, from Canada to Netherlands to Ukraine.

Duration: 1h 39min.

Theatre NO99 was founded in 2005 in Tallinn. The artistic directors of the theatre are Tiit Ojasoo and Ene-Liis Semper.

After the screening the dramaturg Laur Kaunissaare from Theatre NO99 is having a Q&A session with the audience.