Walt Whitman: Leaves of grass – songs of us

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Language: Finnish

Double premiere on the 7th of December 2021! The world premiere of the performance will be accompanied by a video piece of the same name, made by Jonne Sippola

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet and humanist. Leaves of Grass is his main oeuvre, his tribute to the biodiversity of nature and his poignant reminder to people: the ecosystem is a community and we are a part of it.

Whitman’s influence is strong in beat poetry and rock lyrics. The at times manic and at times lyrical approach by Quo Vadis Poetry Band is a natural approach on this continuum.

The interdisciplinary stage performance combining poetry, music and visual art speaks of our time in Whitman’s words. Quo Vadis has long been combining poetry and music through Poetry Band. In addition to Finland, Poetry Band has performed in France, Spain and Chile.

Now I am terrified at the Earth, it is that calm and patient,
It grows such sweet things out of such corruptions,
It turns harmless and stainless on its axis, with such endless successions of diseas'd corpses,
It distills such exquisite winds out of such infused fetor,
It renews with such unwitting looks its prodigal, annual, sumptuous crops,
It gives such divine materials to men, and accepts such leavings from them at last.
- Walt Whitman


Direction / Otso Kautto

Visual design / Tuula Nikulainen

On stage / Hyde Hytti, Marko Järvikallas, Minerva Kautto, Otso Kautto, Juhani Liimatainen, Jan Noponen and Maija Rissanen

Producer / Krista Mäkinen

Video piece direction, filming and editing / Jonne Sippola

Best boy / Miikka Pihlajamäki

Editing assistant / Laura Rämö

Color grading / Martin Jäger


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