Biret & Gáddjá Haarla Pieski: Starting from staring – Čalmmiid Čađa

A dance performance that wanders through layers of consciousness towards bodily release. Performance is part of the Baltic Circle festival and Navigating North exhibition programme.

  • 19.11.2022 at 17–18
  • 20.11.2022 at 14–15
1st floor, Kiasma Theatre
Tickets: € 17 or € 35 support ticket
Tickets available from Tiketti and 1 hour before the performance from Kiasma's foyer.


In this place, in this state of being, with these people, today, now: “čalbmat” means starting to see. This trip starts from staring, from watching, from only watching. Then seeing without preconceptions, expectations or explanations, then meeting each other and with this place. Allowing the kinship to be enough. Allowing it to go through the eyes, into the guts, into the body. 

A start without talking. The two of them start by tearing the words apart. Words that one cannot trust, words that tend to be only something black on white, a contract torn apart already in the beginning. 


Landing somewhere else, starting all over again, but with a glimpse of the past. Then hiding the traces, living in a soft fight, missing a contract. Wandering around and round, from up to down, upside down, outside and inside. 

Then again leaving, moving along, and landing. 

Baltic Circle festival


Biret Haarla Pieski and Gáddjá Haarla Pieski are both dancers and performers coming from Ohcejohka, the Finnish side of Sápmi. They graduated from the Finnish National Opera Ballet School in 2019. As of July 2022 they got their Bachelor in Dance Diplomas at P.A.R.T.S (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels. Recently Biret and Gáddjá Haarla Pieski premiered their new work Starting from Staring in Beursschouwburg in Brussels, in the frame of Art & Land – EU Sámi week 2022. They have made several collaborations together, for example with theater director Pauliina Feodoroff on a performance called Matriarchy, premiered in The Sámi Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2022, with visual artist Outi Pieski on a video installation Guhte Gullá / Here to Hear, Helsinki Biennale 2021 and with visual artist Marja Helander on an award winning short film Eatnanvuloš Lottit / Birds in the Earth, Sundance Film Festival 2018. They were nominated as the Young Artists of the Year 2021 by Riddu Riđđu festival. 

Working group

Concept & performance: Biret Haarla Pieski, Gáddjá Haarla Pieski
Dramaturgical assistance: Antoine Dupuy-Larbre
Sound: Nicholas Francett
Vocals: Katarina Barruk
Recording and mixing of vocals: Arnljot Nordvik
Light design: Meri Ekola
With the support of Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux, Beursschouwburg, The Saami Council, SSN – Suoma Sámi Nuorat and Riddu Riđđu Festival

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.