About love of art & art as love.

Gertrude-material is a performance about love and art. About love for art, but also about art as love, as an act of love, as a lovework. The performance loosely follows in the footsteps of Gertrude Stein and her life companion Alice B. Toklas and reaches out through various tentacles to the present, to contemporary art and to today’s art talk. What do we talk about when we talk about art? What do we talk about when in love? How do we talk about all the things we can’t really talk about because what we want to talk about doesn’t seem to translate into words?

– It feels like I’m still you know longing for a bit more, than, you know, that it is just sticking out.

– Mmm do we feel different then?

– There, there we are different yes.

Working group

  • Direction and dramaturgy Aune Kallinen
  • Direction of actors Seppo Kumpulainen (guest)
  • Sound design Nicolas “Leissi” Rehn (utbildningsprogrammet i ljuddesign, konstnärligt lärdomsprov, TeM)
  • Costume design Charlotte Østergaard (guest)
  • On stage: Jesper Fransson (utbildningsprogrammet i skådespelarkonst, konstnärligt lärdomsprov, TeM), Ragni Grönblom-Jolly (guest), Alexandra Gustafsson (utbildningsprogrammet i skådespelarkonst, konstnärligt lärdomsprov, TeM), Kristiina Karhu (Teatterityön tutkinto-ohjelma Näty, Tampereen Yliopisto), Tobias Klemets (utbildningsprogrammet i skådespelarkonst), Patrik Kumpulainen (utbildningsprogrammet i skådespelarkonst), Sara-Maria Pirhonen (utbildningsprogrammet i skådespelarkonst), Walter Ruokolahti (utbildningsprogrammet i skådespelarkonst, konstnärligt lärdomsprov, TeM)

Gertrude-material is a performance by the Swedish speaking Acting Programme at the Theatre Academy in collaboration with Helsinki Art Museum HAM.

11.2.2023 at 17


14.2. at 15
15.2. at 18
16.2. at 18
18.2. at 13 & at 16
19.2. at 15
21.2. at 15


11.2.2023 at 17:00
14.2.2023 at 15:00
15.2.2023 at 18:00
16.2.2023 at 18:00
18.2.2023 at 13:00
18.2.2023 at 16:00
19.2.2023 at 15:00
21.2.2023 at 15:00


HAM Tennis Palace, Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8, 00100 Helsinki

Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8

00100 Helsinki


Entry to the performance is with art museum HAM’s ticket prices, museum card, persons under 18 free. You can buy museum tickets on site. Mandatory seat reservations.

Further information

Performance language is Swedish.

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