The winners of the International Teresa Pomodoro prize? Yes, that’s us.

Kolga, a performance by Myllyteatteri won Premio Internazional “Il Teatro Nudo” di Teresa Pomodoro, in Milan, Italy last week. The group was awarded with a sculpture by Carlo Ramous (1926-2003), an Italian sculptor.

Kolga was invited to participate the the contest last year. We visited Milan in May 2017, and performed the show twice at Teatro Spazio No’hma.

The performances were evalued by a jury of experts, including Eugenio Barba (Odin theatre), Lev Dodin (Mali-theatre), Tadashi Suzuki (SCOT, Japan), Ruth Heynen (Union des Theatres de l’Europe) and Enzo Moscato (Italy) Luis Pasqual (Spain). The President of the jury was Livia Pomodoro.

The Kolga workgroup is: Miira Sippola, Joonas Outakoski, Mia Simanainen, Sanna Kurki-Suonio, Jaakko Kiljunen, Henna Kaikula, Ulla Raitio, Saku Mäkelä and Luca Sirviö.

The Performance Station. As the sound design of Kolga is based mostly on performing live with the synthetizers and Ableton Live, it was quite natural step to move the whole workstation to the stage. Photo: Joonas Outakoski

Kolga was originally performed at Arkadia International Bookshop, Helsinki. In the spring 2017 it was renewed for an European tour, which included performances at Feile an Bealtanaine festival in Dingle, Ireland and aforementioned Teatro Spazio Nohma, Milan, Italy.

Kolga is planning to continue  touring Europe next summer and return to Helsinki along with the celebration of Myllyteatteri’s 15th anniversary.

Ground Control. The setup consists of Ableton Live running on the laptop, controlled with Push 2, TouchAble on iPad and Arturia Keystep (small enough keyboard with sustain pedal jack). On the right is modular synth, based on Make Noise Shared System and Mutable Instruments Yarns, Rings and Clouds. Clouds was used for vocal processing, and as the Italian sound technician didn’t mute my channels after the performance, the whole prize ceremony was picked by an open mic on stage, fed to the Cloulds and to the PA system. Photo: Joonas Outakoski
Joonas Outakoski (me), Saku Mäkelä, Mia Simanainen, Henna Kaikula and Luca Sirviö. And Continuitá, sculpture by Carlo Ramous. Photo: Joonas Outakoski