OH MY PUPPETS! – Minifestival

An ineffable toy theatre performance

The Unmentionable by Niina Lindroos is a solo toy theater* performance inspired by life and art of a French photographer and painter Dora Maar (1907–1997). The starting point for the piece was the puppet theatre -like presence of Dora Maar’s surrealist photographs; the situations, spaces and characters in the images all lead towards something words cannot express. What is left outside the photograph frames? What happens before and after the brief moment that is captured on film?

The Unmentionable keenly perceives Dora Maar’s oeuvre, approaches it with awe and playfulness, finally passionately plunges into its world. The performance depicts melancholy as well as the titillating sense of mystery, two feelings that create the characteristic tension in the artist’s works. The solo bows to Dora Maar’s art yet also creates its own, indescribable reality with the means of puppet art.

*Toy theatre is an art form that emerged in the 19th century as a miniature-size imitation of theatre of its time. Niina Lindroos’ toy theatre imitates visual arts resulting as contemporary puppetry from the new millennia.

Running time ca. 1 h
Location & accessibility Cirko – Center for New Circus
Age recommendation 13+
Thu 21.4. at 18:00 Fri 22.4. at 17:00 Fri 22.4. at 19:00


Direction and dramaturgy

Niina Lindroos ja Elina Sarno

Performance and puppet construction

Niina Lindroos

Light design

Essi Santala

Sound design

Äänisuunnittelu: Henri Hyökyvirta


Riikka Mellin ja työryhmä

Logistics and visual assistance

Jenni Rutanen

Scenography and props



Maija Kurki


Niina Lindroos ja TEHDAS Teatteri