GYNECOLOGIST

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.

WORKING GROUP

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