On May 27 at 20:00, Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art with the support of the Institute of Finland in St. Petersburg, and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Norway, presents the performance “Áillohaš, the child of the sun”.
A small dreamy boy is growing in the family of a Sami reindeer herder in northern Finland. When he has to undergo the coming-of-age ceremony, he refuses to sacrifice a deer. And all because he feels a deep connection with nature: he enjoys wondering along the Lapland hills for hours, listening to the birds singing. But his relatives don't understand his way of thinking. Even his parents doubt whether he can ever become a grown-up man. However, he is meant for a different fate, which takes him far away from home. His native land will hear about him much later under the name of Nils-Aslak Valkeapää. Being caught in the middle of social prejudice and art clichés, the young artist becomes a popularizer of Sami national culture.
Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, known as Áillohaš (1943-2001), was a Finnish Sami artist, one of the most prominent popularizers of the Sami culture and arts in Finland and abroad. Valkeapää, was a multi-talented personality, combining the talent of writer, musician and artist. For his work "My father is the Sun» (Beaivi, áhcázan) in 1991 he was awarded The Nordic Council's literature prize.
Cast: Ingor Antti Aylu Gaup, Jarkko Lahti, Mary Sarrre, Tiina Vekstrёm
Directed by: Hanna Brotherus, Ari-Pekka Lahti
Scenery: Katri Rentto
Costume designer: Marit Berit Haetta
Composers: Tuomas Rounakari, Wimme Saari
Choreography: Hanna Brotherus
Lighting, sound: Harry Keyonen
Literary consultant: Jarkko Lahti
Translation: Ivan Prilezhaev
Production by the Finnish National Theatre, the National Norway Sami Theatre and Ruska Ensemble theater group.