Puudu(tu)s: Üks luigelaul

Britt Kõrsmaa




6 | 7 | 8* June 19.00
Pirita TOP
*with Artist Talk



Author-director BRITT KÕRSMAA (EST)
Visual artist MIKK-MAIT KIVI (EST)
Scenographer RIIN MAIDE (EST)

Production CPPM Manifestal and Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre

Supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment



“(dis)appearance: a swan song” is a site-specific performance that explores transience, impermanence, ephemerality, absence, loss and grief.

Pirita TOP was built in 1980, its hotel and spa facilities have been empty for the past few years as it is waiting for construction work that will renew the indoor spaces. That means, at first the rooms need to be demolished. Demolishment is to be started from the swimming pool area. The swimming pool is frozen in time, standing emptied of water, having lost its function, its life’s meaning. It is waiting for its death. It’s in a borderline state already decomposing but still existing in its current state. This is a long, stretched-out farewell.

This sense of an impending doom, an end that is sure to come, has put the empty pool in an absurdly tragic existentialistic situation. All of us are moving towards our end. The piece “(dis)appearance: a swan song” is a body-based, space-oriented performance which sets out to reflect the essence of human existence by responding to a place that has its own history, state and life span. Bodies interact with the place, giving it agency and exploring the interaction with it. How does the space with its architecture, atmosphere and state affect our perception, experience and imagination? What is the space telling us when we take the time to listen? What can we share with it?

“(dis)appearance: a swan song” is a send-off, a dedication, a lament, a rite, an invitation, a bathing in absence, an embrace of emptiness. It’s an attempt to find connection in a temporal, transient, interrupted world. Let’s meet in this place, in this time, in this moment, as long as we are here and can see each other on this side.

Next performances

  • 06.06.2024 at 19:00, Pirita TOP
  • 07.06.2024 at 19:00, Pirita TOP
  • 08.06.2024 at 19:00, Pirita TOP

Britt Kõrsmaa

Britt Kõrsmaa (1988) is an Estonian dance and performance artist and choreographer. She is currently finishing her MA studies in Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater.  She has graduated from Tallinn University with a degree in Choreography and before embarking on studies in CPPM has mostly worked as a dancer and choreographer in theatre productions, in various events and projects and in co-operation with music artists. For example, she has choreographed Vanemuise’s productions “Beatrice” (2017), “Persona” (2019) and “W” (2019) and performed at the Estonian Independence Day concert performance “Every bird has its own song” (2020).

Britt was brought into CPPM by a desire to deepen her creative practice, move closer to herself and find her artistic voice. Her solo piece “practice makes peculiar”/“harjutamine teeb mei… d iseäralikuks” used an extract from her personal history to explore the absurdity of operating in a hermetic environment and the use of voice in real and imaginary space. Britt is interested in the authentic meeting of performer and audience in time and space and the potentialities that lie in that encounter. Her approach carries an attempt to find true presence and connection and share a sensorial and state-based experience inside a common field of perception.