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Close the Borders!

Performance series 2023

Tehdas Teatteri Turku, Tampere Workers Theater, Sibelius Museum Turku


Fascinating Fascism and its Affective Heritage in Finnish Culture is a research project that combines research and artistic activity, funded by the Kone Foundation in 2021–2024. Its researchers and artists are creating a series of collaborative performances that will build a unified work of art (Gesamtkunstwerk) called Close the Borders!, framed initially as a “Machine Opera”, that will be premiered in 2024. The project also produces other public events and several academic publications. In Aboagora 2023, the project will present its research that feeds the artistic work, as well as a workshop module that the artistic group is currently working on, with public engagement.

Director Fiikka Forsman


Anu Almagro, Volodymyr Andrushchak, Paul Olin, Terhi Suorlahti, Antti Silvennoinen

Composer Petri Kuljuntaus

Light designer Eero Erkamo

Costume Designer Jaana Kurttila


Turku Synth Club Opera Orchestra

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Self-portrait- dreams of the life and art of Ellen Thesleff

         Premiere 15.10.2021 at Tehdas Teatteri

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"Self-portrait- dreams of the life and art of Ellen Thesleff" is a play by a team of two actors, a musician, an art historian, a scenographer and a light designer to visualize an impressionistic dream-like world on stage in a series of self-portraits. Inspiration for these scenes comes from the life and art of one of the first Finnish expressionists; Ellen Thesleff (1869-1954). Her letters, spoken during the performance in five different languages she spoke, bring the voice of the artist in to this day. One of her most well known pieces; "the Self-portrait" is a product of one year of drawing with pencil and sepia on paper. The performance is a result of a long lasting academic and artistic research taking the creative team to several expeditions and work-in-progress presentations to Kuopio, Murole, Oulu, Helsinki and Turku.  The performance presents an idea that history is not just something left behind but instead is present in our everyday life and the play explores the ways of remembering and expressing the past. The stage, which represents the canvas, is painted in to a series of moving portraits via physical theatre, electro-acoustic music and visual art; screens and light.

Performance is a collective creation by:

Actor Anu Almagro

Actor Johanna Jauhiainen

Art historian Hanna-Reetta Schreck

Musician Pauli Lyytinen

Scenographer Jaana Kurttila

Light designer Janne Teivainen

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First part of the Anty-Gone Triptych

Premiere: November 2018

A rhythmic and loud performance; a distinct rock opera. Each rhythm played on medieval cauldrons is the rhythm of ancient Greek poetry. Each tells a different emotion, a seperate event. Creon’s world is one caged in anger and chaos; filled with violence and usurpation. Every strong emotion is torture to others. Creon fights with a woman – Antigone. Out of fear of this woman, a murderer emerges. Why does the ruler dread her? The stage is filled to the brim with masculine elements; aggressive, merciless. Pervaded with melodeclamations, dialogue and chants, the music fits the text of Greek tragedy.


Director: Grzegorz Bral

Dramaturgy: Alicja Bral

Greek rhythms on drums: Radosław Nowakowski

Electric guitar: Kamil Abt

Drums: Przemysław Michalak

Composition and arrangements: Dimitris Varkas, Kamil Abt

Translations into Greek: Dimitris Varkas

Choreography: Julien Touati

Costumes: Alicja Gruca

Scenography: Robert Florczak, Grzegorz Bral

Sound: Waldemar Trzaska

Lighting: Wojciech Maniewski


Cast: Kamil Abt, Anu Almagro, Gabriel Almagro, Mikołaj Bońkowski, Jakub Lechki, Dominik Kujawa, Bogdan Koca, Julien Touati, Przemysław Michalak, Dimitris Varkas



The Golden years                     are now

PREMIERE 29th of September 2017
Centre of Performing Arts Mitos                  Limassol, Cyprus

In a world where the subconscious bleeds and time and space are fluid, the woman Hedda Gabler is re-imagined, her unborn child watches from a different dimension. This fragmented fairytale reaches inside the bodies of these characters revealing their deepest desires and flickers of ancient memory. A friendly competition turns sour, unearthing remnants of an everlasting history. Songs of mourning bring fractured family back together. Mother and daughter finally meet each other and find their story together, the story that started all of this.

Written and directed by Cara Dinley

Cast and Creative Collaborators:

Anu Almagro

Saale Kreen

Yorgos Onisiforu

Julien Touati

Theatreologist, Costume designer Myrto Sarma

Electronic music composition Doris Hallmägi and Saale Kreen

Lighting designer and technician Lukasz Walewski


Premiere: 2 JULY 2017

Hamlet - A Commentary is based on Shakespeare's drama and it is an intense interpretation, a vibrant reflection, a full expression of what was merely mentioned and not said explicitly by the author.

The show takes place two months before the proper play's plot – on the night when the old king was murdered. The night turns into a Shakespearian vigil, similar to pagan festivals in honour of the spirits of the dead.  On the stage there are some characters who were featured in Shakespeare's play and some who were not. 


We look at what goes on in the characters' heads and conjecture about what led to the tragedy. On the surface of the relations, nothing seems to be going on while painful secrets awaken in the characters. It's a drama about energy which demands to be revealed and Hamlet is its medium.


The show is based on the polyphonic song structure. Fourteen actors interpret the characters, events and emotions through sounds. "Hamlet – a commentary" is a theatre experiment.  The text is given a melody. It is not presented in a traditional narration but as musical harmonies. The words and music reflect the characters' and family's inner structures.


Director: Grzegorz Bral

Music: Jean- Claude Acquaviva, Maciej Rychły

Dramatist: Alicja Bral

Costumes: Alicja Gruca

Stage design: Robert Florczak

Conductor: Lilianna Krych

Lighting: Wojciech Maniewski



Cast: Anu Almagro, Julianna Habel - Bloodgood, Jenny Kaatz, Olga Kunicka, Natalia Voskoboynikov, Magda Wojnarowska, Volodymyr Andrushchak, Mikołaj Bońkowski, Rafał Habel - Bloodgood, Dominik Kujawa, Julien Touati, Dimitris Varkas, Łukasz Wójcik, Bogdan Koca, Maciej Rychły 




Premiere: 1-4 JULY 2016

An inspiration for “Crazy God”, a new performance of the Song of the Goat Theatre, is William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The classic text was clashed with a brutal work by Heiner Müller, Hamlet Machine and with Allan Ginsberg’s Howl.


The performance asks a hard-line question about the limits of human brutality. How deep can a man immerse in madness when profit and power become his goal?


The artistic team, consisting of performers of fourteen different nationalities, searches for an answer to questions posed this way, relating to different social and religious systems and the figure of a man, who filled with pride felt to be a god on the earth.


The performance joins physical actions with text and polyphony, which is characteristic for the Song of the Goat Theatre.


Director: Grzegorz Bral 

Composer: Katarzyna Szwed

Costume Design:Alicja Gruca

Scenography: Robert Florczak

Dramaturgy: Alicja Bral

Instrumental compositions and arrangments: Adam Clifford

Choir preparation: Kelvin Chan


Anu Almagro

Jenny Kaatz

Ifi Ude

Julianna Bloodgood

Olga Kunicka

Natsumi Kuroda

Kasia Jaekowicz

Colette Dalal Tchantcho

Adam Clifford

Henry McGrath

Rafał Habel

Dimitris Varkas

Kelvin Chan

Haitham Assem Tantawy

Angelo Romagnoli

Julien Touati

Peyman Fallahian Sichani

Songs of Lear


Songs of Lear is a non-linear dramatic event that shows the world of subtle energies and rhythms that govern Shakespeare’s tragedy. The ensemble members have chosen crucial scenes from King Lear to weave a story out of gestures, words and music. Each song is a starting point for another ‘dramatic poem’. Here the music becomes character, relationships and events. The creative process has been divided into several phases: preparation of the concert, dramatizing the songs (an oratorio), creating movement and visual structures, integrating text, music and movement and finally molding the performance into a mature shape. Songs of Lear is a constantly evolving creative research project in which audience may witness a very intimate artistic process.

Songs of Lear had its international premiere during Fringe Festival in Edinburgh in August 2012, where it received three prestigious awards: Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Archangel and Musical Theatre Matters Special Award. Songs of Learwas also enlisted on the very top of The List as the highest ranked performance during the 2012 festival.

Anu Almagro was nominated by the Polish Theatre magazine "Teatr" as one of the best actresses in Poland in 2013 for her performance as Cordelia in Songs of Lear.


Director: Grzegorz Bral

Music: Jean–Claude Acquaviva, Maciej Rychły

Preparation of songs: Kacper Kuszewski

Actors: Anu Almagro, Monika Dryl, Julianna Bloodgood, Emma Bonnici, Jenny Kaatz, Kacper Kuszewski, Rafał Habel, Gabriel Gawin, Henry McGrath , Łukasz Wójcik and Maciej Rychły

Portraits of the Cherry Orchard
Premiere Autumn 2013

“Portraits of The Cherry Orchard”  is based on Anton Chekhov’s drama „The Cherry Orchard” and is directed by Grzegorz Bral. The musical interpretation of Anton Chekhov’s drama has been composed by Guy Pearson and Maciej Rychły. It is the story of a lost paradise in which the eponymously squandered „Cherry Orchard” is  symbolic of spoiled values becoming poetical myth. The characters’ memories of a former existence become an unreachable perfection. The Director has created for each character a story which is expressesed through individual gesture, movement and dance. Underlined by an ever present musical score, relations are formed, actions and characters defned and using Osip Mandelstam’s and Anna Akhmatova’s lyrical poetry, he creates notable musical poems.


Director: Grzegorz Bral

Choreography: Agata Makowska

Music: Guy Pearson, Maciej Rychły

Musicians: Guy Pearson, Maciej Rychły

Cast: Dimitris Varkas, Anu Almagro, Paolo Garghentino, Emma Bonnici, Henry McGrath, Julianna Bloodgood, Katarzyna Janekowicz, Łukasz Wójcik, Olga Kunicka, Rafał Habel

Clowns Without Borders Finland

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Anu is a founding member of Clowns Without Borders Finland and since the beginning of the Finnish chapter of the international organization in 2009, Anu has been clowning and organizing clown/music/circus performances for children:

2014 Bosnia-Herzegovina, organizer

2012 Poland, creator and organizer

2011 Karelia Russia, creator and clown

2010 Estonia, Clown

"There is only one witch in this production but Anu Salonen does enough work for three. More enchanting than supernatural, she dances around the stage manipulating characters and handing them wooden swords and bamboo canes that are used with frightening precision. Salonen grapples with Anna Zubrzycki’s Lady Macbeth, seeming to transform her into the provoking accomplice of her husband and then comforts her after she has been impaled on enough sticks to look like a game of human kerplunk. Both women join the men in striking combative choreography and have stunning voices, deeply melodic and playful or shrill as the need arises.

It is the music that really sets this Macbeth apart. The ensemble performs a variety of polyphonic chants and when they apply this musicality to Shakespeare’s verse the result is breathtaking. This Macbeth is beautiful, not a word you normally associate with the most bloody of plays."

4.11.2010 London Magazine

Edward Lukes

Macbeth in Barbican Centre London



Premiere December 2008 Wroclaw Teatr Piesn Kozla

Song of The Goat Theatre company's Macbeth is an ongoing exploration of the musicality of the sounds and dynamic physicality of Shakespeare's poetic drama. 

Corsican polyphonic singing together with music creates a dream-like ground for the text, action and feeling of the tragedy.

"Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought." E.Y.Harburg


DIRECTOR: Grzegorz Bral

COSTUME DESIGN: Cristina Gonzalez

STAGE DESIGN: Mira Żelechower-Aleksiun, Grzegorz Bral

LIGHTING: Robert Baliński


MUSIC: arranged on the basis of songs of A Filetta (Corsica)



Macbeth – Gabriel Gawin

Lady Macbeth – Anna Zubrzycki

Macduff – Ian Morgan

Duncan – Janusz Andrzejewski

Malcolm – Ewan Downie

Banquo – Kacper Kuszewski

Witch– Anu Salonen

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