GO EAST blog

this blog follows the road movie research of estonian performance artist katrin essenson and swiss performance artist matthias ruettimann across the former states of the sovjet union. mai - july 2016   

end of the road

Lasnamäe 17072016

17 july the road ends in lasnamäe. Fallow land. The traveler speaks davaj davaj, the plants answer by growing silently, the sky has no specific opinion and changes stoical.

sending out the bees

Katrin fire show Notafe 13072016

Notafe Festival in Viljandi at 23:07, Katrin is sending out the bees in a slightly darkening night.

happy birthday ruth

dear Ruth 

you have dedicated for more than 50 years your passion, your mind, your life to action theater. I think and I know an increasing bunch of people who agree in this, it was absolutely worth to go so consequently this way. I don't know how many people you saved their life by teaching them action theater. But I know for sure one who can admit it.

what a pleasure to learn from your deep experience.

thank you for teaching, for sharing your experience so generous, and thank you for inventing this body based practice of improvisation. 

Life wants to be playful and action theater makes life playful.

happy birthday Ruth 


where to go

Krasnosnamjenka performance

"If you don't change the direction you will end up where you are going."

Konfuzius (probably but not sure)

about eternity

Pripyat Hotel 01072016

Pripyat was meant to be a model of a modern sovjet city. This model should prove that the communist idea of a better society has become real. The beautiful reality of Pripyat town. The ideal town were the workers of the four nearby nuclear power plants are harmoniously leaving with their families. A lot of children lived in Pripyat. The future generation of this glorious ideology. Thanks to technology and science life becomes better and better. Mankind should profit of the development and earn the fruits of their work. In a promotion movie from the eighties you can see the happy life of Pripyats inhabitants. 

Pripyat had everything needed for a good life. Schools, supermarkets, restaurants, a cultural center with cinemas, theater, concert hall. Sport facilities, a stadium for football and athletics, a hospital and a lunapark was ready to open on first of May.

The lunapark never opened. First of May 1986 Pripyat the ideal city for the future was abandoned. Two days before the inhabitants had to leave the city. They were told to take only few necessary things, they were told to come back soon. They never came back. They left behind their whole life. In the night of 26 April 1986 block four of the nuclear power plant Chernobyl, two kilometers away from Pripyat exploded. This explosion changed Pripyat to a landmark. You can visit it and you can still measure the radiation. And it will go on.