INTEGRATIOn THEATRe BALTZAR
 

Integration theatre Baltzar, established and led by Veijo Baltzar produces new productions annually and offers education of theatre and musical expression.

Arts and culture must encounter and respond to European cultural diversity. Integration theatre Baltzar is in this respect a Finnish and international forerunner. Theatre’s activity is based on methodology of intercultural emotional intelligence.

Theatre’s mission is to develop, support and to bring forth the hidden potential of multicultural talent. We offer a channel for talent and expression that is often being suppressed under the pressure of mainstream culture.

Integration theatre Baltzar functions permanently in the premises of a historical Alexander theatre in Helsinki
city center. 

 
intercultural experiential education

Veijo Baltzar has developed his unique methodology of directing and teaching, based on multicultural intelligence, since 1974. 

PLAYS
 

2015 – 2016

 
 
the black scourge
1981 – 1982 

The first play of Drom Theatre The Black Scourge was a powerful story of the Gipsies in 1920–1940’s Finland. The play examines the relations among members of small community and with respect to the outer world in conditions in which old, traditional culture is falling apart.

Script: Veijo Baltzar

Direction: Theatre Academy - Ilkka Vanne,

Mustikkamaa Summer Theatre- Liisa Isotalo

Music composition: Toni Edelmann, Jenö Duka

Premiere 5 Oct 1981 Theatre Academy
Premiere 16 Jun 1982 Mustikkamaa Summer Theatre

 
THE HUNGRY CRANES
1982

A strange bone appears suddenly at the floor of the Gipsy family’s cottage. The object raises disgust and suspicion. It is an element, around which the themes of the story, dreams and desires, evolve. No one knows where the bone has come from, who brang it here. Is it is a sign? The family does not know, but it changes everyone’s lives. The play has a connection to the modern world as well as to the timeless reality of the Gipsy beliefs.

Script: Veijo Baltzar

Direction: Ilkka Vanne

Premiere 26 Feb 1982

 
I´LL FORGE A STONE TO BE A HORSE
1983

“I’ll Forge Stone to be a Horse” is an abstract play based on powerful emotional tensions. It is a depiction of a collision between human

and inner world.

Where did all start, what happened, and where are we going to? The play talks about humans’ relation to nature and economic growth, about worshipping mammon.

The Gipsies represent nature, the group that lives in harmony with the environment. For them trees are poetry. But trees are cut down and we make paper out of them.

The play was performed at the International Theatre Festival at Hamburg 22.–26.11.1985 with excellent reviews (Performances took place at Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg)

Script: Veijo Baltzar

Direction: Veijo Baltzar, Ilkka Vanne

Actors: Mia Vasara, Kosti Aaltonen, Arvidi Baltzar ja Valto Hagert

Music: Kauko Salmi, percussions

Composers of the songs: Toni Edelmann, Marko Putkonen ja Arvidi Baltzar

the iron nights
1984
 
 

The Iron Nights is a story of a collision between Gipsy and majority cultures in an urbanizing world. The time is in eternity, the place – somewhere else. There is darkness, flashing warmth and metals of emotions. A group of Gipsies walks in the Iron Nights, encounters and disappears. The human melts in the air of the night. What is left is ashes. Will it produce a new human being?

 
the god is great
1992 – 1994

The musical Passion play, depicting the suffering of Jesus Chirst, was performed in different parts of Eastern Finland. The play got cultural price of Rautalampi municipality.

Script: Veijo Baltzar

Direction: Veijo Baltzar

PERFORMANCES:

1991, Rautalampi Church

1992, Männistö Church, Kuopio

1993, Pieksämäki Old Church

26.–29.3.1994, Church of the Three Crosses, Imatra

 
orli
1994 – 1997

Veijo Baltzar wrote a script of a mythological folk opera Orli in 1992. Orli started as a street theatre in the city of Imatra in 1994 and turned out into a 2,5 hour-long folk opera that was eventually performed in Finlandia Hall (1000 seats), Helsinki, opened by the premier minister Paavo Lipponen.

Orli tells a story of a folk, tempted and forced by satanic powers to flee from their homeland, cross the sea and to search for new home in foreign lands. The play depicts a fight between Gods, good and evil, beautiful and ugly. The play discusses rites and myths, the consequences of losing them, as well as values and morals and their significance in nations’ identities.

 
the paradise of gods
1993 / 2004
the paradise of gods
1993 / 2004

The play, full of music and dance, take their audience into a love story of the underground world. In the centre of the play is a love triangle between the youngsters of three families, those of Kessaro, Marfalo and Dunkhalo. Zaijore is “the Backyard Carmen”, who no man is able to own. At the same, play tells a story of the urbinized minority groups struggling to maintain their identities in the midst of clushing cultures.

Script, direction: Veijo Baltzar

Music composition: Toni Edelmann

1993 Kuopion student theatre

2004 Theatre Urso

 
botox
2009

"Every word is pretend. Shape. Shake. Botox."

In this Veijo Baltzar takes up the challenges, contradictions and taboos of the multicultural society. Baltzar’s life experience is reflected in the play as a sharp critical viewpoint from which majority and minority populations as well as Finnish society are being examined.

Script, direction: Veijo Baltzar

Actors: Jaana Pöllänen, Antti Uusi-Videnoja, Armi Vihattula, Ilnas Khaliki,
Timopekka Sillantaus, Aino Ranne, Ria Bäckström, Tanja Hedman

Music: Lyhty ry

Stage design: Esa Toppila

PERFORMANCES:

17.4.2009 Vuotalo

26.4, 28.4, 29.4, 5.9 Cultural centre Stoa

7. ja 9.5 Cultural centre Caisa

 
the god is great (MODernized)
2012

The play tells of crucifixion of Jesus Christ in modern world, in which money has replaced Bible as a signpost. The play asks, who is being crucified today?

Käsikirjoitus, ohjaus: Veijo Baltzar

Composition of music: Jere Laukkanen

Actors: Aino Sederholm, Antti Uusi-Videnoja,
Nina Castén, Aino Ranne, Linda Jaser, Linda-Maria Roine, Vladimir Klimenko, Katariina Lönn, Harri Keskumäki, Jarkko Niemelä, Kim Seppälä, Kari Saarinen

Music arrangement: Olavi Ahlgren ja Vladimir Klimenko

Music: Lukas Stasefskij (cello), Markus Hallikainen (cello), Jussi-Matti Haavisto (violin), Anni Tolvanen(nyckelharpa), Olavi Ahlgren (guitar)

Lights: Kari Gratseff

Set design: Vera Syrén

 
with the seven string guitar
2014

The Gypsy cabaret With the Seven String Guitar is a narcissistic parody set in the bowling alley of life. It was modern-day depictive episode of multiculturalism in which the characters engaged in a dialogue in a Europe of citizens speaking on behalf of beauty in opposition to ugliness. The cabaret broke down the boundaries of cultures and challenged audiences to consider their attitudes to art, man and the present way of life. It was also an indication of the power of a multicultural group to create something new, beautiful and significant. The participants were mostly young students in creative fields.

Premiere 19 Mar 2014, Alexander Theatre

Script, direction: Veijo Baltzar

Actors: Nina Castén, Veijo Baltzar, Charlotta Heinonen, Viola Honkonen-Nieminen
Anna Ladar, Anu Luoma, Alma-Ruut Karjalainen, Jenni Kauranen, Elina Pekkanen,

Anna-Elina Rahikainen, Kari Saarinen, Karoliina Ruohonen, Sandra Aubynn and Aino Sederholm

Music composition: Kiureli Sammallahti, Toni Edelmann and trad.

Music: Kiureli Sammallahti (accordeon), Ramon Maronier (flamenco guitar),
Sami Rönkä (percussions)

Choreography: Aino Sederholm

Set design: Aino Sederholm

Sound and light design: Janne Teivainen

 
sin
2016

Veijo Baltzar’s cabaret musical “Sin” was a satirical- narcissistic parody of Carmen, placed in the 1950s city milieu. The play is full of passionate love and hunger for life – values that are considered sinful in today’s society. The play challenges to ponder upon the values of romanticism and emotional intelligence.

“Sin” represented a political message and a stand from the silenced part of the nation, for whom spiritual, social and emotional wellbeing represent the highest form of quality of life. The lack of emotional intelligence is an increasing problem especially in Finland. The system is not able to tackle the real societal challenges – loneliness, marginalization and increasing indisposition.

 
priZes & awards

1981                     The Theatre Action of the Year prize. Awarded by Finnish Theatre Center.

1991                     The Culture award of county Rautalampi.

1992                     The Art Award of the Province of Kuopio.

1999                     The 3rd prize in the international "Amico Rom" –competition, Lanciano Italy.

2000                     The 2nd prize in the international "Amico Rom" –competition, Lanciano Italy.