Lavakunstikooli XXXI lend
One hour and 45 minutes

Our first diploma performance, Jaan Kross' Tiit Pagu (dir. Jaak Prints) premiered at the Salme Cultural Centre stage of the Tallinn City Theatre. This is the second premiere: an abbreviated version of Tiit Pagu meets the stage design of Only Rivers Run Free. This time, the premiere is also the last performance. Is it possible to place a performance onto a stage meant for another? How painlessly does this process go? What remains? What gets left out? What is added?


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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