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Niko Hallikainen: Black Mercedes

Niko Hallikainen: Black Mercedes

Baltic Circle

Nov

26

Fri

20:00 – 01:00

-18–-15°C

clear sky

Black Mercedes is a new 5-hour solo performance by performance poet and writer Niko Hallikainen. The show is a spoken score for the televised funeral of Princess Diana from 1997, which serves as a portal into the unexplored ruins of the collective unconscious. Black Mercedes is a volcanic bathtub that is clogged by 10 kilos of smoky quartz. The performance visions the fall of the monarchy of rationality, which causes extreme sentimental waves, in which viewers are welcome to float or drown.
Black Mercedes deals with loss, heartbreaks, billionaires, emotional turbulence, psychic gardens, palaces, slums, hospitals, labyrinths, secret passageways, secret diaries, conspiracy, the European Union, tax havens, holiness, land and love. Niko uses nostalgia, intuition and suffering as magical practices that produce a subversive space for a new language of grief.
Niko Hallikainen is a performance poet, who makes text-based solo performances that disrupt borders between internal and external, individual and communal, pain and relief. Recurring qualities in Niko’s works are emotional hyperbola, alienation and the limits of language. The music featured in Black Mercedes is written by artist Carsten Nicolai under his alias Alva Noto.

Performance, text, design: Niko Hallikainen
Music: Alva Noto
Illustration: Milena Huhta
Produced by Baltic Circle, Niko Hallikainen
Supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland
In collaboration with Cultural Centre Caisa
Introduction text by Niko Hallikainen
Doors open at 19:00! There'll be a corona pass check at the doors.
The duration of the performance is 5 hours, and the audience members can come and go as they wish.
Tickets: pay what you wish - only at venue ticket sale / basic ticket 15€ / support ticket 35€
Read more at our website: https://www.balticcircle.fi/.../niko-hallikainen-black...
Get your tickets at Tiketti: https://www.tiketti.fi/baltic-circle-niko.../77357

Baltic Circle

Fri 26 Nov 2021 20:00 – 01:00

-18–-15°C

clear sky