From the Woods
“I looked at the endless Indian Ocean and I realised I was completely in the wrong place.”
Finland is a land of endless forests and thousands of lakes. The forest is sacred, but it’s the edge of the civilized area, an unknown and frightening place. The vast wilderness has always been full of strange beings. The Devil might be lurking behind the trees; other creatures are watching from the undergrowth. Which are good and which are bad? And how can you be sure?
Markus weaves these traditional tales from his native Finland with narratives from his own life. The result is a string of stories about love, about death, and about dreaming, told in Markus’ down-to-earth and dynamic style. He combines dark Finnish humour with beautiful imagery and a gentle finger on the pulse of the human condition.
For Adults ( + 12) – Languages: English or Finnish
Performances so far: 2017 WORDS FESTIVAL, Helsingor, Denmark TARINAKLUBI Helsinki, Teatteri ILMI Ö, Finland 2016 Litfest, Lancaster, England Inverness Storytelling Festival, Scotland Jäähyväiset Kesälle, Kotka, Finland Berättarfestivalen, Skellefteå, Sweden (Part of the performance) Ravintola Kuparipaja, Fiskars, Finland 2015 Natale Racconta, Rome, Italy Folktales Festival, Kea, Greece (Part of the performance) Mezrab, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Part of the performance) Enchanted Island Festival, Savonlinna, Finland DISC, The Hague, The Netherlands Milgi's, Cardiff, Wales (Part of the performance) Bed Time Stories, Brighton, UK (Part of the performance) Story Jam, London, UK 2014 Jutupühad – Storytelling Festival, Tallinna, Estonia Tuulen tuomaa – International Storytelling Festival, Helsinki, Finland Tree of Life -Storytelling Symposium, Karjaa, Finland Kalevalanpäivän tarinoita, Vaasa, Finland (Part of the performance) 2013 Love, Death & Fairytales, Åsgatan 2, Järna, Sweden Satuja aikuisille, Teatteri Ilmiö, Helsinki, Finland