Straw Theater opens

  • 2011-04-27
  • From wire reports

TALLINN - The Straw Theater will start its activities in Tallinn - the European Culture Capital - on April 30, says the Estonia-based culture fund Tallinn 2011, reports news agency LETA. The idea to build a theater building-installation that would create an effect not only by way of its function, but also through its form, in which the idea and material has taken shape in the minds of several different people for quite some time already.

For instance, the German director Christoph Schlingensief managed before his death to initiate a project according to which a small opera village would be built in the middle of Africa. Preparations are underway. Yet, a few years ago, Peeter Jalakas started dreaming about a kind of theater that would be made of straw. There was poetry in that dream. Moreover, energy conservation building methods began gaining in popularity just around that time. The idea of a theater made of straw sprouted its first roots.

Ene-Liis Semper took on the implementation of the project, since she has always been interested in different spatial experiences. The idea of a black cube suddenly appearing in the middle of Tallinn city center inspired her, and indeed, this kind of object would not only be a landmark. Rather, it would be an experience that would decisively displace the spatial relationships and spatial experience of a city.

Something that should not exist, according to urbanistic logic, nevertheless exists.
Theater NO99 understood Semper’s plans. From that point onward, they proceeded together. Thus, from the very beginning, the idea of the Straw Theater proceeded, from the idea to create an installation, to displace the spatial experience of Tallinners as compared to what it has been thus far.
The idea of straw was added to it – an ordinary building material that embodies within it archetypical power along with the beauty of texture.

The Skoone Bastion: a place that has waited a long time for some sort of ritual happening, something that would break the reclusion it has hitherto been in. In addition, the need for a new kind of public space: not an area occupied by kiosks selling kebabs or ecological goods, but rather a public space under trees with a view of the sea and lined with a playground, an outlet for borrowing books, a big chess board and a little cafe, the public space where everyone can feel good and free to do as they please.

Additionally, the theater was needed as well: if this kind of installation and this kind of public space is already being created, a shot of contemporary culture should also come with the deal.
All these ideas were topped off by the idea of the Straw Theater as a temporary building. The project will be in place for the next five months.