Visiting performance:

 

Other spaces – Birthsauna

Saturday 25.5.2024 at 1pm – 3pm

Other Spaces 20th anniversary year starts on Saturday 25.5. with the exercise demonstration BIRTHSAUNA in the studio of the Ylioppilasteatteri.

The event returns to the moment of the collective’s birth: it consists of a series of exercises that the group performed in its very first demonstration in the same studio on April 24, 2004. Many of the exercises presented at that time, such as ”Message from Outer Space”, ”Human Mountain, ”Snails”, ”Animal Track” or ”Yoga Park”, are still part of the group’s regular repertoire. In addition to the exercises, Birthsauna includes an overview of the group’s history, video recordings of the original sessions, and the opportunity to ask the group members questions.

How has the group’s practice changed over the years? How has it changed the way its participants, both group members and the public, look at life and the environment? Where to go from here?

FREE ENTRANCE

Duration is 2h.
You can watch the show for its entire duration or for as long as you like.

 

Further questions:
info@toisissatiloissa.net 

 

 

Living utopia – Other Spaces 20 years

The Finnish performing arts pioneer Other Spaces collective is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Other spaces started operating within Nälkäteatteri in 2004. Over the years Other Spaces has developed into one of the most significant and international performing arts groups in Finland, with its own unique aesthetics and artistic practice.

Birthsauna is part of Living Utopia – anniversary events. Living Utopia is a series of events in which the Other Spaces presents and teaches the public its exercises more comprehensively than ever before. The anniversary year is realized in cooperation with the Theatre Museum, the Performing Arts Center and the Helsinki Student Theatre, and the events of the year are supported by the The Finnish Cultural Foundation, the City of Helsinki and the Arts Promotion Center.

You can find all events of the Living Utopia, which are mainly focused on autumn 2024, here.

 

Ylioppilasteatterin Studio Aleksanterinkatu 23, Helsinki

 

Arrival info

The main entrance to the theater is an iron gate at Three Smiths Square (Kolmen sepän patsas, Aleksanterinkatu 23, Helsinki). There is an information sign in front of the gate on performance days. The theater is located on the top floor of the staircase. Ylioppilasteatteri does not have a parking lot. We recommend you to arrive by public transport.

Safer space

At the event, we commit to follow the principles of a safer space:

What is bullying?
Bullying includes, for example, nasty and mocking speeches, shouting, threats, pressure, gossip, vilification, isolation, i.e. exclusion from the group, constantly criticizing work and making it difficult for others to work. Not all behavior that causes chagrin is bullying. Bullying does not include, for example, different opinions or views on things.

What is harassment? 
Sexual harassment includes sexually suggestive gestures and language, sexually explicit speech and jokes, remarks or questions about the body, dress or private life, sexually explicit speech, touching, suggestions or demands for sexual activity. Gender-based harassment is derogatory speech about women, men or people of another gender, demeaning another based on gender, bullying when it is based on the sex of the bullied. Everyone has the right to bodily integrity. This means that violence or threats are completely prohibited at the Ylioppilasteatteri.

What is discrimination?
Everyone must be treated equally. Discrimination includes, for example, unequal treatment on the basis of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, family relationships, class background, ability, language, religion or opinions.

How should I act accordingly with the principles stated above? 

Recognize your privileges 
Hierarchies and oppressive norms are part of our society. No human being, however conscious or benevolent, is beyond their reach. However, cultural change is not only possible – it happens every day. Questioning norms takes us towards a more equal society.

Recognize your prejudices 
Be aware that your assumptions about people’s appearance, gender expression, skin color, linguistic or physical characteristics, or class background may influence your behavior towards them. Instead of making assumptions about people’s bodies, personalities, identities, backgrounds, or ”where they come from,” let everyone be themselves. Everyone has the right to define their own identity, including gender and sexual identity. Use only terms that people accept themselves: asking questions is the only way to find out.

No means no 
Respect everyone’s boundaries – both physical and psychological. Once again, asking is the only way to know what the other person’s boundaries are. Always get verbal or otherwise absolutely certain consent before touching someone.

Take responsibility 
Remember that bad behavior can never be explained by intoxication. Remember that things that are enjoyable and comfortable for you can cause some others discomfort or anxiety. If someone feels that they have been hurt, they have the right to feel and express it without, that their experience is questioned or their way of reacting is criticized. The ability to draw one’s own boundaries and the ability to accept the demarcations of others is a security issue. In these situations, there is no reason to be defensive, because drawing boundaries is not a criticism or attack on your personality.

Respect 
Let’s respect everyone’s opportunity for change and discuss constructively. Judging a person’s characteristics or backgrounds is not a good way to deal with oppressive behavior. Instead, make it clear which actions are undesirable. Let’s see diversity as positive and not tolerate discrimination or racism of any kind at all! Let’s make the Ylioppilasteatteri a place where these things can be talked about! Let’s make sure that it is easy to ask for help and rely on others at the Ylioppilasteatteri!

Accessibility

PHYSICAL ACCESSIBILITY

Ylioppilasteatteri’s Studio is unfortunately an inaccessible space. There is also no accessible toilet in the space.

However, of our two entrances, the Kaivopiha side has an elevator, and the Studio is accessible, for example for those moving with a walking stick. Unfortunately, the studio cannot be accessed with most of manual or electric wheelchairs due to the too narrow corridor and the high threshold leading to the entrance hall of the studio.

There are two entrances to the Ylioppilasteatteri: an inaccessible main entrance in Three Smiths Square and an entrance on the Kaivopiha side accessible with an assistant at Mannerheimintie 3B (a staircase to the right of UniCafe in the recess).

Inaccessible main entrance in Three Smith’s square: The guidepost is the Ylioppilasteatteri sign next to the iron gate. There are three floors of stairs to the theatre. For each ascent, there is a handrail on varying sides. On the way up there are two communicating doors with thresholds.

Entrance in Kaivopiha: A performance poster on a stand is brought to the entrance outside the door before the performance. A staircase leads to the front door, as well as a ramp about 20 m away. In the stairwell there is an elevator (4th floor) that leads to the theater. The threshold for the interior door of the theater is high.

When making a ticket reservation, please let us know if you are moving to the venue from the Kaivopiha entrance, as the entrance on the Kaivopiha side, which can be reached with an assistant, is not in public use and the interior door may be locked. Contributors are admitted to the event for free. Assistance and guide dogs are also welcome at the Ylioppilasteatteri.

LINGUISTIC ACCESSIBILITY

The Ylioppilasteatteri does not have an induction loop. However, most of the performance is non-spoken, so it is possible to enjoy without an interpreter or regardless of the audience’s native language.

PARKING

The Ylioppilasteatteri does not have its own parking spaces. The nearest accessible parking space is the Q-park Stockmann parking facility. There are 12 accessible parking spaces, 1 on each floor by each elevator (4pcs). Stockmann’s main doors are about 50 metres away from the entrance to the Kaivopiha side of the Ylioppilasteatteri

 

If you have any questions about the accessibility, please contact us: tuottaja@ylioppilasteatteri.fi.