Reaction – Mindblowing Performing Arts Festival – 6.-12.7.2015

Around Jyväskylä centre in collaboration with Jyväskylän kesä -festival

Roi Vaara: As It Stands


Born 17th of July 1953 in Moss, Norway from Finnish parents. Lives in Helsinki. He studied art at the University of Arts and Design, in Helsinki 1972-75 and art history at Jyväskylä University 1976-77. He has worked with various media in visual arts and exhibited paintings, drawings, videos, installations and performances. He is best known for his performances, which he has done since 1982. Roi Vaara has said: ""Instead of making an art object I am one. I do action instead of production."" He has performed in most European countries and also in The United States, Canada, South Korea, Japan and Mexico. He is one of the founders of artists’ association MUU (1987 in Helsinki). He has been a member of the famous performance group Black Market International since 1988. He has lectured and run workshops in many art colleges, universities and academies of fine art since 1989.

Marko Kaiponen: Various Santa Claus performances around Jyväskylä








Helena Ratinen: Performances in Kirkkopuisto








Harald Karsten: Hey You Over There, sound installation






Tatu Rönkkö: I Play Your Kitchen in a Bar

Improvised jazz-percussion in restaurant Figaro winebistro, Asemakatu 4
Thursday 9.7. at 21:00

Tickets: from 10€

Since moving to Berlin two years ago Finnish percussionist and drummer Tatu Rönkkö has been collaborating with a vast scale of Berlin based artists such as Efterklang, Nils Frahm, Dustin O'Halloran, The Group and Islaja. He is a forming member of Liima, a new band with the members of Efterklang and a part of a Helsinki based supertrio Elifantree. Rönkkö has worked also with many of Finland's jazz stars such as Verneri Pohjola, Juhani Aaltonen, Jimi Tenor & Abdissa Assefa.The past to years Tatu Rönkkö has been playing improvised solo concerts in people's kitchens around the world under the title ”I Play Your Kitchen” using only the objects found in each kitchen as instruments. In Reaction Festival Tatu Rönkkö plays a solo concert in a fine dining restaurant Figaro. Many of the instruments heard this evening are everyday objects that reveal their hidden sonic power in the hands of the artist.

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