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Talking in the Rain – An entertaining show about the weather

Ferske Scener (Tromsø, Norway) and Reality Research Center (Helsinki, Finland) in collaboration with Western Norway Research Institute.

“This is how melting ice feels. This is how warm your palm becomes when it is 54 degrees celsius, and this is the smell of forest fire. Ferske Scener offers an embodied experience of the climate changes. Even if the performance was fully digital.”
Anki Gerhardsen, Nordlys

Talking in the Rain – An Entertaining Show about the Weather is a remote performance where the weather will get under your skin. We find ways of being physical and create common spaces, even though we will never meet physically in the same room. You will get a postal package delivered at your door. The performance will take place on your phone, in your surroundings, and in a common Zoom meeting where the feel-good format of the talk show is disturbed by wet feet, black coal, and strong wind.

The idea behind the performance is simple: people relate to Weather on a personal and embodied level, while the relationship to Climate often becomes an intellectual and abstract exercise. Talking about the weather is absolutely harmless socially. Talking about the climate – not to mention the climate crisis – is a step into a warzone of predetermined political positions. The performance aims to overcome the verbal trenches and create shared, tactile and surprising experiences.

“It is intimate and engaging, it is alive and exciting, and the interaction between the actors and audience also creates a feeling of togetherness which defies and erases the physical distance we actually have in between us.”
Anki Gerhardsen, Nordlys

Artistic team:
Maria Oiva (Reality Research Center, Co-Artistic Leader of the project)
Kristina Junttila (Ferske Scener, Co-Artistic Leader of the project)
Kristin Eriksen Bjørn (Ferske Scener)
Bernt Bjørn (Ferske Scener)
Jussi Salminen (Reality Research Center)
Salla Salin (visiting artist)
Topi Kohonen (Reality Research Center)
Ragnhild Freng Dale (Western Norwegian Research Institute)
Lari Palander (visitor, technical design)
Siri Hallingby Børs-Lind (producer)
Rune Nilssen (PR)

For extra material and backstage photos, please click here

Talking in the rain. An Entertaining Show about the Weather is part of a perennial collaboration between Ferske Scener, Reality Research Center and The Western Norway Research Institute. The project has created shows in Hammerfest (2019), Sogndal (2019), and Helsinki (2020). In March 2021 we show the Helsinki-version to a Norwegian audience. This show premiered at the international dance festival Moving in November. It was supported by The Norwegian Arts Council, The Research Council of Norway, The Finnish-Norwegian Foundation, The Norwegian Embassy of Finland, The Arts Promotion Center Finland, and the City of Helsinki.
The shows in March 2021 are supported by The Tromsø Municipality.

The pictures below are from Helsinki November 2020 (photo Jan Ahlstedt), Hammerfest in April-19 (photo: Ziggi Dan) and from Sogndal in September-19 (photo Christian Blom)