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It Could Be Worse. (ICBW.) is a one-person performance exploring issues of economic polarization, immigration, racism and xenophobia in Finland.

ICBW. is presented as an unconventional convention given by one host (Felix Kuullppaa) on the theme of “it could be worse.” It is a playful experimentation with traditional presentational forms: conference-convention, monologue, stand-up, and power-point presentation. Performance languages: 80% English, 10% Finnish, 5% Swedish, 1.1% Russian, 0.9% Czech, 3% Other.

Performance History

ICBW. was premiered at Takomo Theatre in Helsinki, Finland on May 5th, 2014. After a run of six shows, it received praise form audiences and critics alike. It was later presented at the InterKultFest at Stoa on September 13th, 2014.

Production

ICBW. was produced in cooperation with Teatteri Takomo and supported by Kultuuriyhdistys Culture Current ry, and by grants from the Arts Promotion Center Finland and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

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Performance Sources

ICBW.’s subject matter is drawn from on one hand from the author’s personal experience (as a white Czech-American immigrant to Finland) as well as interviews of individuals who have been affected by the immigration debates in Finland, and people who have strong opinions about the immigration question. In gathering the material for the performance, we interviewed and photographed recent and long-time immigrants to Finland, first-generation Somali and Indian Finns, middle-aged Finnish men, Swedish-speaking teenagers as well as well-known individuals like Li Andersson, Jussi Halla-Aho, Simon Elo, Heikki Hursti and Ben Zyskowicz.

Creative Team

Writer, director, actor: Alexander Komlosi

Sound Design: Ina Aaltojärvi

Set Design: Camilla Nenonen

Light Design: Heikki Paasonen

Technician: Markus Heino

Interviews: Tuukka Pasanen

Photography: Paula Virta

Selected Reviews

  • “De främlingsfientliga rösterna hör vi när Alexander Komlosi äter bulle tillsammans med Jussi Halla-aho i ett videoklipp. Halla-aho drömmer om ett Finland som inte erbjuder inflyttade några som helst sociala stödformer, något som får Komlosi och publiken att rulla på ögonen. Vi skrattar åt cirkelargumenten och den överlag enkelspåriga retoriken, samtidigt som vi vet att ett verkligt, skrämmande Sannfinland lurar där någonstans bakom knuten. Det kan bli värre, mycket värre.”

Ätä bulle med en främling, Isabella Rothberg, Hufvudstadsbladet, 07.05.2014

  • “It could be worse on … tärkeä avaus. Maahanmuuttajataustaisten ääntä suomalainen teatteri toden totta tarvitsee.”

Maria Säkö, Helsingin Sanomat, 09.05.2014, www.hs.fi/kulttuuri/a1399525773148#

Other publicity

  • A Youthful Festival of Culture, James O’Sullivan, Helsinki Times, 11.09.2014

www.helsinkitimes.fi/culture/culture/culture3/11984-a-youthful-festival-of-culture.html

  • Yhden miehen maahanmuuttokonferenssi, Tiina Vanhanen, Voima, 4.2014

http://uusi.voima.fi/blog/arkisto-voima/yhden-miehen-maahanmuuttokonferenssi/

  • It Could Be Worse. at Teatteri Takomo

www.teatteritakomo.fi/events/category/it_could_be_worse/

  • InterKultFest -festivaalin ohjelmistoa

www.stoa.fi/tapahtuma/96893DA599999CB9B6D340552C155991/fi/Alexander_Komlosi_FI_It_Could_be_Worse

kassandra.fi/interkultfest/ohjelmisto/

More Information

Please contact Alexander Komlosi, alexander@culturecurrent.org.