Looking for REIDAR


Dance theatre performance about the colorful life of the Lappish artist, Reidar Särestöniemi


Premiere October 3rd 2018 in Lappia House 


Looking for Reidar is inspired by the life of the Lappish painter, Reidar Särestöniemi (1925-1981), who is known for his large, bright-coloured oil paintings. Särestöniemi lived and worked most of his life in the small village of Kaukonen, located by the river Ounasjoki in Kittilä, Finnish Lapland.


The myths and opinions about Reidar Särestöniemi continue to live on, and researchers, journalists and interested citizens alike compete over who knew the real Reidar. Looking for REIDAR is a jagged collage, not intended as a biography or a memorial. Instead, it flashes impressions of Reidar balancing between a romantic depiction of an artist and a conscious public brand of a person.


The performance combines means of dance theatre, drama and object theatre, and it includes spoken Finnish.