Theatre as a folk sauna? The series Theater der Zeit Spezial is dedicated to Finland this year. The sparsely populated country on the northeastern edge of Europe moves in the contradiction of rural seclusion and modern pioneering role. But the rest of Europe is not only jealous of education, the theatrical workloads of the theaters are paling as well: with more than 3 million tickets sold each year, theater with a population of just 5.4 million obviously has a different status than in Germany. Having emerged from the tradition of working-class and amateur theatre, performing arts in Finland are tangibly close to the people, directly, directly – and without being folkloristic.
Differently colored essays, talks and portraits introduce notable artists and elaborate the idiosyncrasies of Finnish theatre. – An inventory, which shows: The view into the theatre country Finland is worthwhile!