A selection of cultural events taking place in Estonia this week as curated by culture.ee: "Your life might change forever if you meet with the good-looking cultural events we have chosen for you this week. You just can't resist!"
Tuesday-Wednesday, Jan. 30-31 / Friday-Saturday, Feb. 2-3
Von Krahl Theatre, Tallinn
A mysterious meteorite falls in the middle of the deep Siberian taiga in 1908. Inside it is a special ice that peels hearts open. It spreads from human to human and brings together a secret brotherhood from all over Russia. Melting ice opens the utopia, which changes the whole meaning of the 20th century that is very different from the traditional canon. The production is based on the Vladimir Sorokin novel by the same name, and is the product of collaboration between Von Krahl Theatre and Klockriketeatern.
Wednesday, Jan. 31
(Silence), Silent Cinema Soundscapes #7
Sveta Bar, Tallinn
Silent films were never shown in silence; live music and sound improvisation has always been an integral part of silent film screenings. (Silence) will revive the spirit of silent film's forgotten masterpieces. Orchestras and classical musicians will be replaced by modern-day performers, whose contemporary sound will accompany avant-garde pictures from the early 20th century. Two medium-length cinematic pieces will be screened: "The Seashell and the Clergyman" by Germaine Dulac, and "The Toll of The Sea" by Chester M. Franklin. The films will be accompanied by the music of Hamza Needz and Źeńska Forma.
Kumu Documentary: "Chasing Coral"
Kumu Auditorium, Tallinn
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why, and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Directed by Jeff Orlowski, and to be screened with an introduction by Lennart Lennuk.
Wednesday, Jan. 31 - Sunday, Feb. 4
Cinema Artis / Cinema Sõprus, Tallinn
DocPoint Tallinn Festival, which focuses on documentaries, will be held in the capital city for the ninth time. Screenings will take place at Cinema Sõprus and Cinema Artis, and the program includes more than 40 fresh documentaries from all over the world. The opening documentary is Raimo Jõerand and Kiur Aarma's "Rodeo," which is about the first government in Estonia following the restoration of Estonia's independence.
Friday, Feb. 2 - Sunday, Feb. 4
5th Jew's Harp Festival
Club of Different Rooms / Club Sinilind / NUKU Theatre, Tallinn
Early next month, you can take your first steps in playing the Jew's harp under the guidance of Estonia's best Jew's harp players, as workshops for beginners and advanced students alike will be held at the festival. The program also includes a Jew's harp orchestra and a concert, the latter of which will featue performances by soloists as well as ensembles.
Saturday, Feb. 3
Winter Jazz 2018: Mart Soo/Kulgejad
Kumu Auditorium, Tallinn
This season of "Winter Jazz" will kick off on Feb. 3 at Kumu Auditorium with the 2017 Danske Jazz Award-winning guitarist Mart Soo and his band Kulgejad. The quintet invites listeners to the northern route, where the past, the present and timeless movement meet in a musical space. Soo is a composer who mixes influences from jazz, soundscapes and minimalism. Kulgejad consists of Soo, Tuuli Velling, Raun Juurikas, Heikko Remmel and Brian Melvin.
Sunday, Feb. 4
Prestekveler: Live Noise Night
Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn
Prestekveler is Dario Fariello (saxophones) and Paolo Gàiba Riva (clarinet and electronics), two Italian musicians based in Norway. Their setup includes acoustic music, noise textures, amplified winds, viola feedbacker (an electric viola modified by the instrument maker Christian Blandhoel), live sound manipulation and field recordings. Fariello and Riva will each perform solo as well as together as Prestekveler. They are supported with DJ sets by Elis Kitt and Apex.
This post originally appeared on the Culture critics' blog at culture.ee.
Editor: Aili Vahtla