What Mad House?
Mad House promotes and produces live art and other experimental performing arts. The most visible action is to produce performance season's in Suvilahti, Helsinki. Mad House focuses on content, it is a work in progress, a process which learns by experience. The Mad House team consists of a bunch of artists and art producers. At Mad House art and community comes first.
Mad House's programme consists of experimental art, performances, exhibitions, stand-up and contemporary dance, as well as Think Thanks - where strategies are discussed and developed through various topics. Mad House programme consists of a curated programme, own productions and works of art that come through the open call. During the performance periods the Mad House hosts a bar that functions as a meeting point for artists and audience. Mad House curates programme to the bar but warmly welcomes outside actors to arrange their own evenings too.
Mad House wants to function openly and transparently. It doesn't follow the traditional hierarcic model but rather develops together with the artists and the community.
Why Mad House?
Mad House offers the actors within the performance art scene a stage, an international network and support of the production organisation. Mad House is spread over the entire art field, brining together performance art actors and making performing art accessible to the public. Mad House responds to the central needs for performing arts: Premises, improvement of mobility and communication, as well as optimising resouces.
Mad House is located in Suvilahti, Helsinki in Eskus spaces. Mad House does not have a frequently functioning stage of its own.
Mad House's 1st season was a month-long, dense, international event of live art at Tiivistämö, Suvilahti, Helsinki, from 1-29 October, 2014. The programme consisted of performances, demos, workshops, lectures, screenings, concerts, clubs, parties and discussions.
Working group: Marina Andersson-Rahikka, Heidi Backström, Satu Herrala, Martina Marti, Eva Neklyaeva, Pietu Pietiäinen, Mirva Pulkkinen, Annika Tudeer, Juha Valkeapää
Mad House's 2nd season included 64 days full of art and discussions between the 1st of September and 30th of Novemeber, 2015. More than 16 artists or collectives contributed to the second season. Mad House collaborated with many influential festivals and such as Baltic Circle, Pixelache and /teatteri.nyt.
Working group: Marina Andersson-Rahikka, Heidi Backström, Leena Kela, Pietu Pietiäinen, Mirva Pulkkinen, Annika Tudeer, Juha Valkeapää
Mad House's 3rd season took place in Tiivistämö from 5 February to 30 April, 2016. The focus was on longer performance periods for live and performance artists. The season was paying special attention to performances honoring the dada movement, as well as questions around LGBT and queer matters.
Working group: Markus Alanen, Marina Andersson-Rahikka, Heidi Backström, Martina Marti, Niko Mattila, Lani Nordlund, Mirva Pulkkinen, Lari Suominen, Annika Tudeer, Juha Valkeapää
4th Season of Mad House Helsinki was curated and produced with new forces. The Season in Suvilahti lasted from January 16th til April 23rd. We had 13 Finnish and 4 international performances, 10 of these were coproduced by Mad House.
Working group: Markus Alanen, Heidi Backström, Aino Haarala, Johannes Hallikas, Sonja Jokiniemi, Leena Kela, Martina Marti, Niko Mattila, Mikko Niemistö, Kati Palokangas, Elina Pirinen, Salla Ryynänen, Lari Suominen, Annika Tudeer ja Juha Valkeapää
5th Season hit Suvilahti in January 2018 (18.1-25.3.). This season took 10 weeks and presented 17 performances in the Tiivistämö's big hall, both from international and national groups and artists. On top of the main program, Mad Bar served as a stage for smaller performances, concerts and spoken word nights.
Working group: Markus Alanen, Heidi Backström, Sonja Jokiniemi, Jere Mönkkönen, Mikko Niemistö, Kati Palokangas, Elina Pirinen, Katja Tolonen, Annika Tudeer, Vilma Vantola & Juha Valkeapää