Merja Pöyhönen
Riina Tikkanen

Merja Pöyhönen

is regarded as a pioneer of puppet theatre in Finland and mostly known as a director. After having completed her puppetry degree at Turku Arts Academy in 2005 Pöyhönen studied physical theater at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. In theatre she is interested in puppets, motions and emotions. Pöyhönen has directed and performed in many of the well-known Finnish puppet performances and during the last years she has also worked as a director abroad.

is a remarkably versatile and skillful performer. After graduating from Puppet Theatre Department in Turku Arts Academy she has been working in professional productions using physical theater, clownery, mask theatre and puppetry as means of expression. Tikkanen studied physical theater at the Institut del Teatre, Barcelona in 2010. During the last five years she has performed in more than 30 performances.

Riina Tikkanen

PHOTOS   JESPER DOLGOV

FUNNY

CONCEPT, SCRIPT, PERFORMING

  Merja Pöyhönen 

 Riina Tikkanen 

DIRECTING

 Pia Kalenius 

SET DESIGN, PUPPETS

LIGHT DESIGN

  Jenni Rutanen 

 Essi Santala  

PRODUCING

 Markus Alanen 

MUSIC

 Antti-Juhani Manninen 

Dirty Duckling

VISUAL DESINGER´S & DIRECTOR´S ASSISTANT

 Eve Mäkitalo 

SUPPORTED & FUNDED BY

Finnish Cultural Foundation
Arts Promotion Centre Finland
TOP Foundation
City of Turku
Aura of Puppets
Samuel Huber´s Art Foundation
Turku Theatre Foundation