Koivuryhmä: The Gospel of Christmas

A multi-disciplinary performance, directed by Teemu Mäki, studies the meaning of Christmas and updates the tradition of oratorios.

  • 7.12.–16.12.2018

The performance about Christmas combines music, text, theatre, dance and visual art.

Fri 7.12. at 18
Sun 9.12. at 14
Wed 12.12. at 18
Fri 14.12. at 18
Sat 15.12. at 14
Sun 16.12. at 14

Tickets 15/12e (includes admission to the exhibitions on the day of the performance) Museum card holders are entitled to purchase the ticket for 12e.

Language: Finnish
Subtitles in English
Duration: approx. 2h 45min. (with intermission)

What is the original message of Christmas and how should it be understood today? Which of our sins we wish to be liberated from by somebody else’s sacrifices? Is there a point in dreaming of everlasting life or should one accept the human mortality? And what is the consumer society’s relation to Christmas? What else could Christmas be than the most significant annual sales season, in which the employment and trade of a nation are being dependent on? What would be a Marxist Christmas? Or post-humanistic and ecological Christmas?

Christmas is essential to our culture as the celebration of love, but on the other hand it is also a climax of consumerism.  Updating the tradition of oratories, The Gospel of Christmas combines the music of J.S. Bach with contemporary sounds, performance, visual art and research.

Working group

Script & direction: Teemu Mäki
Composers: Johann Sebastian Bach, Armas Maasalo, Olivier Messiaen, Riikka Talvitie
Performers: Hanna Ahti, Noora Dadu, Maija Karhunen, Saara Kiiveri (singer), Maija Mustonen, Laura Rämä, Mirka Viitala (piano)
Costumes: Suvi Matinaro
Photos & videos: Teemu Mäki
Spatial design & lights: Heikki Paasonen
Filming: Anna Antsalo, Chris Jordan