The Desk

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (physical theatre)

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  • Summerhall - Old Lab
  • 11:35
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 8+
  • Country: Finland
  • Group: Reetta Honkakoski Company in association with From Start to Finnish
  • Warnings and additional info: -
  • Accessibility:
    Hearing not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

Description

One teacher. Five students. Five desks. A powerfully compelling show about dogma. Director Reetta Honkakoski mines her personal lived experience of a cult in this meticulous ensemble piece about the seductive power of discipline, hierarchy, mind control and the search for an ultimate truth. Praised by audiences and critics alike for their mastery of physical expression, the Finnish company exposes the universal mechanics of power in political and spiritual cults. Expect sharp, strong and poignant ensemble work. 'Worthy of high praise' (Huvudstadsbladet). www.eng.reettahonkakoski.com

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General venue access

  • Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, go through the double doors at ground level next to the shop shed, past the Anatomy Lecture Theatre and through the double doors, take a right; down to the end of the corridor.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Raymond Hickey 28 days ago

Don't miss this one, very well executed. Very enjoyable, you're left wanting more.

Simon Feegrade 30 days ago

Excellent physical theatre, and very entertaining.

Prof Teak 38 days ago

Everything was there for a tidy story, and I love syncopated choreo-movement, but the bits went on too long, and it felt like they forgot to tell 1/2 the story. The concept was intriguing.

Kate Gaul 41 days ago

The Desk - Reetta Honkakoski Company in association with From Start to Finnish (FINLAND) – Physical Theatre.
One teacher. Five students. Five desks (really cool constructions). Director Reetta Honkakoski mines her personal lived experience of a cult in this meticulous ensemble piece about the seductive power of discipline, hierarchy and mind control. It’s one hour of intense choreography. I admire much of this production but needs a lighter touch and all offers are delivered with the same intensity. Each sequence is quite long. It has a relentless feel to it all and yes, power can be relentless but as art this piece could use some fine tuning. There are some beautiful organic images towards the end – humour even. Once the composition was established it needed more subversion much earlier. Like a good Finnish Leipäjuusto (it’s so delicious you will eat it all) I give “The Desk” 3 ½ Remnants-of-Cheese.

Harriet Busby 41 days ago

Hmmm. Tight work was impressive but quite repetitive and hard to follow the meaning at times. Seemed like a long hour. Lots of swivelling desks in formation, snaping the lids and leaping across the desks.


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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 23 days ago

The Desk is indeed a slick operation, precise movements with an ounce of playfulness at the start. Then the indoctrination begins. With each repetitive, monotonous activity, The Desk grinds its audience into submission - an initial look of fascination swiftly turns into a hypnotic trance as the ensemble repeat their...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 25 days ago

'Honkakoski has drawn on her own experience of a cult in creating the show, and playing the role of the leader...' ...

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Voice Magazine (4/5 stars) 29 days ago

The Desk is powerful and hypnotising throughout. Their precision and refinement is something to be marvelled at. This team of performers are extremely talented and skilled.

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To Do List (3/5 stars) 31 days ago

Thirty minutes of intoxicating choreography spread too thin across an hour.There’s no denying that the Reetta Honkakoski Company have brought an incredibly impressive work of choreography to Summerhall this year – The Desk is a times beautiful and balletic, at others intense and impactful. Added to the seemingly endless reserves...

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 38 days ago

Reetta Honkakoski’s Helsinki-based company, in association with From Start to Finnish, brings a stunning piece of physical theatre to this year’s Fringe with The Desk. Based on Honkakoski’s personal experience of a cult, this all-female cast of six performs a masterclass in precision physical theatre. Dressed in stylised blue overalls...

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FringeReview 40 days ago

A tall old-fashioned wooden desk is centre stage and five students are very curious about what’s inside. They each run to open it, glance inside and run away fast or jostle with their school friends. The five performers are wearing school uniforms with their hair tightly coiffed in plaits. Their...

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The Skinny (3/5 stars) 42 days ago

Five students, five desks, one teacher. Reetta Honkakoski's show, brought to the Fringe as part of Finnish theatre strand From Start to Finnish, portrays the dark side of discipline, and poses the question: what are the mechanics that lead us to comply to the seductive control of influential leaders, and...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 43 days ago

As beautiful as it is haunting, Reetta Honkakoski’s The Desk shines a light on the shady and unknown world of life in a cult. Part of the From Start To Finnish programme, it is an honest and brutal portrayal of five female cult members, consumed by the power struggles, backstabbing,...

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The List (5/5 stars) 44 days ago

Balletic masterwork based on life in a cult...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 44 days ago

A dimly lit stage, five women and their leader, to whom they will give everything until there is nothing left to give: this is the basic set-up for Reetta Honkakoski Company’s captivating piece of physical theatre The Desk. The opening sequence of movements has the feeling of a clowning performance,...

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