CPPM Manifestal'24: BURNOUT – A GESTURE. Rasmus Jensen

Wed 29.05.2024 at 18:00

Author-director RASMUS JENSEN (DK)
Costume designer SANDRA KOSOROTOVA (EST)
Scenography and lighting design FELIPE OSORIO-GUZMAN (COL)

Production CPPM Manifestal and Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre

Supported by Estonian Culture Endowment

NB! Practical information!

The performance will start at 18.00 in front of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in Tallinn. From here, a bus will take you to Kiviõli Tuhamägi, with an expected arrival at 19.45. The performance will take place on the ash mountain for approximately 1h 15 min. 

The bus will leave Kiviõli around 21.00 and take you back to the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with an expected arrival time of 22.45. 
As the performance will take place on an ash mountain and require moving around in the area, we advise audiences to wear comfortable outdoor shoes and clothing suitable for the weather on a specific day, as there is no cover/shelter nearby.
There will be toilet facilities on the bus.
Unfortunately, the performance is not suited to people with movement restrictions and disabilities.


What if I tell you that somewhere in the North-East a new geological formation has been rising from the ground every day for the past 100 years or so.

A geological formation of human-made black mountains consisting of ashes and burned rocks from oil shale production.

Human-made artificial mountains, as the absolute image of what the anthropocene is:
A geological age in which human activity dominates all living and non-living matter.

Burnout – a gesture is a performance occupied with questions of how humans and the more-than-humans evolve, if living by the physical circumstances of the current energy production. How can we accept and live with the human-made monsters of the anthropocene instead of denying and displacing them?

Through choreographic gestures the performance brings, what otherwise operates in the periphery, to the centre stage of our focus. With a speculative physical practice it is searching for embodied sensitivities towards a toxic landscape of black mountains.

Rasmus Stenager Jensen is a performance artist from Denmark, currently based in Tallinn, Estonia. His artistic practice is engaged with exploring sensitivities towards that which lie outside of human perception and control.  He graduated his BA in Acting from the Norwegian Theatre Academy in 2018, where he trained and worked with artists such as Laurent Chétouane, Phillip Zarrilli, Robert Johanson (Nature Theater of Oklahoma) and Bianca Casady (CocoRosie). From 2012-2014 he worked in Barcelona with the international theatre company Teatro de Los Sentidos, led by Enrique Vargas, with whom he performed in the performances Oráculos and Weaving Gothenburg, while obtaining his post-graduate in sensorial language and the poetics of game. Between 2018-2022 he co-created a trilogy of performances evolving around intimate poetic meetings in and with the public urban sphere together with the theatre company Luna Park Scenekunst in Denmark. He is the co-author and the performer of the choreography PASSAGES which was presented at the Prague Quadrennial for Performance Design and Space (2019). He is co-curating the residency programme KORDON LAB on Food and Energy (2023-2024) in Hiiumaa, Estonia

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