performed in the CineChamber
Stage Festival, Helsinki, 2013
Passengers is a theatrical road movie about a train trip from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. Combining live theatre, media art and dance, it is the story of accidental encounters on the railway.
Lapland and its Aurora Borealis appear as an exotic escape from reality to an Italian man left by his wife, a German journalist traumatised in war zones and a Japanese woman who lost her home in the Fukushima disaster. The passengers’ fates are bound together by the train’s conductor, intricately familiar with the stories of everyone on board. As long as the train does not reach Rovaniemi, anything seems possible.
Premiering at Stage, Passengers is realised in the CineChamber, a unique media space giving panoramic video projection and surround sound. The story, told both on screen and on stage, takes the audience on an immersive journey from melancholy to absurd humour.
Co-produced by Korjaamo Teatteri,the performance has been created by the multinational artist group Periskop founded by director Davide Giovanza and media artist Egbert Mittelstädt.