What if you could peek inside yourself? The Gynecologist is a journey into the inner world of the body told through the language of mime. A gynecologist, Dr. Freon, dives into the patient’s uterus in a search for a solution to her painful ailments.
The performance created by specialists in physical comedy operates
in two coexisting spaces and scales, looking at the eco-catastrophe with a uterine hysteroscope. Climate change is like endometriosis* : a chronic inflammation in the womb where life begins. A disease that destroys the planet’s immune system and leads to the extinction of species.
The Gynecologist combines audiovisual design with carefully detailed miming, the tradition of physical theatre with modern storytelling, and science with art.
The Gynecologist approaches serious topics through gentle comedy, playing on the frontiers of the intimate stage: the ecosystem of the fallopian tube is deserted, a sandstorm rages in the ovary, an oil spill causes menstrual disorders, bacteria important to the body suffocate in microplastics…
The mime show that tickles the brain and the belly has been produced in collaboration with Kallo Collective. The medical consultant of the work has been an expert in gynecology.
* Endometriosis affects 10-15% of fertile people with a womb. i.e. up to 200,000 people in Finland.
Concept and performer: Emma Castrén
Director: Jenni Kallo
Light design: Vilma Vantola
Sound design: Iida Hägglund
Costume: Mirva Mietala
Stage design: Gemma Tweedie
Stage assistant: Oscar Dempsey
Photos: Gemma Tweedie
Medical expert: Laura Elo
Production: Tehdas Teatteri
Co-Production: Kallo Collective
Supporters: Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Niilo Helander Foundation, Samuel Huber Foundation, Helsinki City
Demo in NouNous Festival, 1.12.2021, Cirko - center for new circus
Premiere: 18.02.2022 Turku, Tehdas Teatteri
Other dates: 19.-20.2., 2.-4.4., 7.-10.4.2022