A guided tour

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One hour

A guided tour to Ekspeditsioon

Why does the audience know nothing about the rehearsal process? Why does the audience know nothing of the material not included in the final performance? Enough of not knowing. For three weeks, we were in close contact with the company Ekspeditsioon (including the technical team of Rivers). We asked questions, they answered. It wasn't easy. In the beginning they were sceptical; some declined answering but over time the whole company understood that it would be unfair to keep quiet. We chose the most significant pieces among the collected information and now we can share these with you. This is Guided Tour. We discuss things theatre audiences usually are not made privy to – it is a journey behind the scenes of Only Rivers Run Free. We know. Everything and much more. We investigated and we will tell. All.


The class of 2024 of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre hijack the flat where otherwise Only Rivers Run Free. From 17 to 20 June in the former space of Vaba Lava (currently operating under the name JAIK). Party at a stranger’s flat is a risk. A risk that the young actors of the academy of music and theatre are willing to take. During three days and nights Ekspeditsioon's stage created for Only Rivers Run Free will host different performances. Mistakes and failures — guaranteed; unexpected successes and unique encounters — guaranteed; jazz and Ukrainian folk — guaranteed; famous people — guaranteed; pancakes, tinfoil and half a kilo of sausage — guaranteed; one performance by the Tallinn City Theatre — guaranteed; a three-day marathon without a guarantee that the participants will push though — also guaranteed. Performative experiments are inspired by the particular stage and the result is unknown. Stage design originally created by Arthur Arula will be repeatedly redefined during the four days. Performed activities are reactive in nature, with a less strict structure, risky and include unexpected moments – just like a party in a stranger’s flat. This is a collaboration between Ekspeditsioon and Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

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