The Women of Niskavuori (Niskamäe naised)

Fri 01. Mar 19:00 The Grand Building of Vanemuine Theatre
Sun 17. Mar 16:00 The Grand Building of Vanemuine Theatre

The Women of Niskavuori (Niskamäe naised)

 A family saga in two acts

It is a story about strong women and passionate men, about the strength of traditions and the power of the land.

The Niskavuori farm is managed by its old matron and she expects her son to succeed to her position. However, her son falls head over heels in love with a city girl who sees her future entirely differently than the old matron of Niskavuori. Thus begins a tug-of-war between modern demands and old customs, dreams and obligations, blood and love relations. This epic drama describes the choices one must always face, no matter the historical era they live in.

There is steadfastness akin to what one might see in the Old Testament; mad bursts of desire characteristic of short Nordic summers; petty intrigues in back rooms and mysterious skiing trips in the woods. 

The production includes live music. Tangos, polkas and jenkkas are brimming with love and yearning. The old matron fights to the end without mercy on herself or others, because it is the future of Niskavuori she is fighting for. 

Hella Wuolijoki, i.e. Hella Murrik is an Estonian-born Finnish literary classic whose works often portray strong women. The dramatisation of Women of Niskavuori at the Vanemuine Theatre is based on two plays from her five-play cycle: Women of Niskavuori and Bread of Niskavuori.

Première on 13 February 2021 at the Grand Building of the Vanemuine Theatre

Author Hella Wuolijoki
Translator Linda Viiding
Director, dramaturge and author of lyrics Tiit Palu
Scenographer Lilja Blumenfeld
Choreographer Mare Tommingas
Musical director Ele Sonn
Lighting designer Margus Vaigur (Endla Theatre)

Cast Külliki Saldre, Maarja Johanna Mägi, Ragne Pekarev, Priit Strandberg, Riho Kütsar, Merle Jääger, Saara Nüganen or Kärt Kull, Andres Mähar, Kaarel Pogga, Karol Kuntsel, Oskar Seeman, Ken Rüütel, Saara Kaljujärv, Trine Lepp, Gabriele Eensoo, Anabel Ainso, Eliise Virumäe, Merilyn Elge, Karmen Mai Karus, Mirelle Uibokand, Säde Mai Krusberg, Karina Kimmel, Kert Krüsban