Taidetestaajat (Art Testers) is a project funded by The Finnish Cultural Foundation and The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland. For three years the project provides all 8th graders two visits in different art institutes. Last year TPO invited Art Testers to experience Hector Berlioz´Symphonie Fantastique. This year Art Testers will experience Tchaikovkys´s The Nutcracker.
The darker original version of the story underlying Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet Nutcracker is brought to life by the Turku Philharmonic and the Aura of Puppets. In the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, a girl named Clara has a wonderful dream on Christmas Eve, featuring giant mice and gingerbread soldiers, and also a living nutcracker. Staged here through the means of contemporary puppet theatre, this production is visually gorgeous and focuses on themes relevant for viewers of all ages, besides creating a new kind of stage aesthetic by combining various art forms. The length of the concert is approx. 1 h, no intermission.
Important co-operative partner in Art Testers project is Turun AMK:n Taideakatemia (Art Academy of Turku University of Applied Sciences). The students of Arts Academy will be producing the before- and after assignments.
The concerts are part of Aura of Puppets´TIP-fest: 7.-11.11.2018, www.auraofpuppets.com/tipfest.