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.