Jarmo Reha WhiteWash
Identity has many layers, but there is one, which even if it’s a social construct, you cannot escape. With your subjective inner feeling, for which there is no signifier, you are bound to be alone in your skin, however much light there is outside.
Ivan Krastev, a Bulgarian essayist, has said that the relationship between "East" and "West" is like that between an imitator and his ideal. Is then the only option of the "East" to be a bastard of the "West" – same-same, but different. And when questions of race and skin come into play, and so be it, let them come – is being whitewashed East’s only option? White skin, white masks? Where can you go when you’re white, but some whites are more white than others? Oh, back where we all come from – to darkness and void. "WhiteWash" is a performative burst down the rabbit hole of identities.
Jarmo Reha is a freelancing theatre director, actor and performance artist, who was formerly a member of the ensemble of Theatre NO99. As a freelancing actor Reha has found his way to work with Armel Roussel – a theatre director residing in Brussels. They created a performance called "Long Live the Life that Burns the Chest" (2019) as an international collaboration between them. Reha will continue working with Roussel with upcoming performances "Ether/After" (2021) and "Walcz" (2022), as a co-director and actor.
In Estonia he has worked with Emer Värk as a performance artist in "You Will See So Many Pretty Things" – Kanuti Gildi SAAL (2019). As a director he created his first performance "Oomen" in 2018, which in collaboration with Aare Pilv and Laur Kaunissaare won the national theatre prize for best dramaturgy. "WhiteWash" will be his second work as a director, in which he will also be the performer.
Idea, direction, performance: Jarmo Reha
Composer and sound design: Markus Robam
Light and video art: Mikk Mait Kivi
Ideas for light art: Emer Värk
Art direction: Madlen Hirtentreu
Texts and dramaturgy: Laur Kaunissaare
Stage management: Tuuli Raadik
Producer: Eneli Järs
Producing Venue: Vaba Lava
Co-production: Volksbühne Berlin, Baltoscandal Festival
Supported by: Cultural Endowment of Estonia
Production is created within the frame of POSTWEST festival supported by the German Cultural Foundation.
Thanks: Henry Kasch, Allan Räim, Maldar-Mikk Kuusk, Ellon Tiivas, Margus Terasmees, Liisa Liksor, Kanuti Gildi SAAL, EKKM, Uue Loomingu Maja (ULM), Widescreen Productions, Uninaks
Performances at Baltoscandal are supported by Tsentrum
Canceled premiere: May 20, 2020, Tallinn
Duration: 70 min
Performance is in Estonian.
Some gypsum dust is created during the performance.