ELINA MASING "Fairy Tale Arch"

Kanuti Gildi SAAL · Pikk tn 20, Tallinn, Estonia

Did they notice?

“I’m trying to remove all
unnecessary fragments”
these should be “left out”
not a trunk but 1cm

Distant human parts are staring
how they’re writhing
moments before atrophy
It’s not their decision
and I say:
“Let's leave other people to it”

“When their head is cut of the white flesh
and synapses are cut through
yet alive they scream something
at the top of their voice
They can no longer breed with anyone
Though they were made for this”*

Thus the eternally long piece of meat
was frozen
Luckily they decided
it had no function

Poetry from the directors collection Fairy Tale Arch
*Taimi Paves’ collection The Woman Who Spins Her Dreams (“Unelmaid ketrav naine” 2020) excerpt from the poem Synapse Drops (“Sünapsi tilgad”) Sumikura Mariko, Uemura Taeko, Tallinn: ARS Orientalis

In the midst of expectations and taboos, one does not know whether to mourn or celebrate the change. It's okay to grieve. The performance approaches the information field of the new century and talks about identity and the celebration of change. In the archival sense, specific stages are extremely important. Youth has a duty to change, its celebration is a job.

Well-known Estonian cosmetic surgeon Peep Pree claims that "there is a worldwide trend to live now and today, to do everything and right now." ** One subnasal lip lift is only a small part of what Zoom Boom has brought with it. "I don’t think there will be a return to the natural look. Depends on how much one is brainwashed, ”confirms the surgeon. Major changes will occur after gradual compromises, and many compromises are rather with the goal of preservation. At some point, we will no longer move forward, we will only maintain.

In theory, we can replace all the pieces, but in practice there will still be the same hundred intermittent symphonies that play at the same time but are not heard by some of us. Why maintain something that doesn't work? Just as teist*** speaks a language that is understood by all the nations of the world (although they don’t understand each other's languages), so could we open up: change and keep this aboriginal, our first language.

Started from the top now we're here.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the post-surgical performance also if you can't hear.

** Kaasik, M. cosmetic surgeon Peep Pree: During the Corona, the number of eyelid cuts tripled!
Eesti Ekspress, 2021
*** “Is a person who is certainly convinced of the existence of the supreme Being, who is just as good and powerful, who has created all beings, who live, feel, and think, keeps them alive; who punishes crimes without cruelty and rewards virtue with goodness.” Voltaire Philosophical Dictionary (1986) Tallinn: Eesti Raamat

Elina Masing studied dance at Tallinn Ballet School and University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy. She is a satanist freelance artist whose work focuses on raising controversial issues in provocative and often ridiculous ways. Elina Masing is also known as the White Girl who is her musical alter ego. In her previous projects, the author has explored spectacle, naive experimentation, and apparent freedom of choice as a matter of manipulation and morality. Her performance “Magical Metamorphosis” was performed in 2020 within the Tartu Interdisciplinary Festival at Tartu Electric Theater, and it marks the beginning of Masing's interest in change and duality. Her final work of the university “Spasibo Tebja” premiered on elektron.art platform in May 2021.
"Fairy Tale Arch" is the artist's debut after graduating from university.

Director: Elina Masing
Performers: Kärt Koppel, Jaan Hellermann, Elina Masing
Set design, costumes: Liisbeth Kirss
Sound design: Florian Wahl
Dramaturgy: Henri Hütt, Ruslan Stepanov
Light design, technical solutions: Henry Kasch, Kalle Tikas
Photography, videography: Tristan Czar Aasmäe
Project manager: Maarja Kalmre
Special thanks: Eliise-Brigita Mõisamaa, Margus Terasmees, Henri Vaikre, Christinas Clinic, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia
Co-producers: Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Elina Masing
Supported by: Cultural Endowment of Estonia
Premiere: 18.10.2021, Kanuti Gildi SAAL

Duration: 90’
The performance is in English and is deaf-friendly


Performance on October 20th is followed by an artistic talk

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