SCREAM BOX is a performance that focuses on tiny vocal cords and big screams. Down the throat, there is a second pair of luscious lips. That might remind of third.
Performance artist Liisa Saaremäel, in collaboration with musician Florian Wahl and visual artist Emer Värk, creates a performative space to explore peculiar ways of creating stimulation. Physical, mental, visual, and sonorous overload make up our daily background. Is this why our restraint attempts to produce a loud voice often fail? What are we left with then? An open mouth is just an image; moist chords do the work. Their slimy dance is small and quite repetitive – together, apart, together, apart. Like kids’ games or ferocious experiments between tireless lovers.
The performance finds itself between fleshy and artificial, offering uneasy images that fiddle with the viewer’s perception by mixing documentary material and shameless fiction. Through a slippery canal, we descend to the anatomy of crying lies and most open confessions. Don’t make up your mind, make up your body.
Author, director, performer: Liisa Saaremäel
Sound artist, performer: Florian Wahl
Sound technician: Kenn-Eerik Kannike
Video artist, performer: Emer Värk
Light desigher: Siim Reispass
Costume artist: Kadi Adrikova
Dramaturge: Maria Arusoo
Technical producer: Kristiina Tang
Project manager: Eneli Järs
English translation: Keiu Krikmann
Co-producers: Liisa Saaremäel, Kanuti Gildi SAAL
Artist / Company biography
Liisa Saaremäel (1992) is an Estonian performance artist. 2016-2020 she worked in Estonian Drama Theatre as an ensemble member and collaborated with many acknowledged Estonian directors. After obtaining an MA degree from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater in contemporary performing arts (CPPM) she developed her independent artistic practice as a freelance artist.
Her artistic work and research focus on societal coexistence from the perspective of an individual, in which compressed tiny space is an essential poetic component. She has experience working with site-specificity, applied theatre, physical performance making, installation, video, and sound. Combining diverse mediums and approaches feeds her imagination and aspiration to grow as an artist. Her collaborations with other artists try to answer how different approaches can coexist in the same space and enrich each other.
Website – www.liisasaaremael.ee
Funded and supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia and co-produced by Kanuti gildi SAAL, Performance in Helsinki is supported by Estonian Ministry of Culture.