Vankilateatteri-kollokvio
(Prison theatre colloquium)

Sanna Salmenkallio and Petri Valkoma


Arlene Tucker visited the Vankilateatteri-kollokvio (Prison theatre colloquium) at Taideyliopiston Teatterikorkeakoulu (Theatre Academy Helsinki) on 17.5:

It was very informative as it gave a chance for researchers, teachers, artists, and culture practitioners working with prisoners and
ex-convicts to share their experience and work practice.

Porttiteatteri's presentation was enhanced with short theatrical
pieces and a song performed by Sanna Salmenkallio and Petri Valkoma.

This was especially fruitful because not only did they share
information about the history and workings of their theatre group,

they showed how meaningful their existence is through live action.

https://porttiteatteri.fi/


art for art’s sake vs art as a facilitator 

Actor Jussi Lehtonen shared his findings in Taiwan and in the USA.

There, he got to meet artists and practitioners who do theatre work in
prisons. For example, he shared a video about the Taiwanese U-Theatre group which teaches inmates in the local Changhua Prison to gain inner
peace and self-confidence through drumming.
To read more about his experience in Taiwan, please click here.
The day ended with a brainstorming session on how the prison conference could be arranged in 2021. Ideas are out in the open and there are many things to look forward to!

More about the colloquium in Finnish langauage here.