FinlandPromo1Title of performance:

Louhi and the Golden Girl (Louhi ja kultanainen)

Theatre Group: Youth Theatre Floppi

Country: Finland

Director: Tuire Hindikka

Dramaturgy: Pirkko Kurikka, story is based on the Finnish National Epic, The Kalevala

Date and time: Thu August 12. / 20.00-20.50

Far up in the dark North there rules a cruel, mighty woman called LOUHI. She has three young daughters, one of which is famous for her beauty. The beautiful girl  – called TALVIKKI – finds on the seashore the powerful shaman VÄINÄMÖINEN, who has been floating in the  sea for a long time. The girl starts to play with the waves, intending to drown the man. Louhi scents the stranger and wants to get him for herself. The daughter does not give the man, and both Louhi and all her daughters fight for the man’s favour. VĂ€inĂ€möinen wants to get the beautiful Talvikki to his wife. Louhi threatens to kill the man, unless he forges a machine, which spits forth gold and silver. As soon as the machine will be ready, VĂ€inĂ€möinen will get the girl. In order to save his life, VĂ€inĂ€möinen promises to send  his friend, blacksmith Ilmarinen, to forge the magical machine.

Ilmarinen, with the help of his ingenious sister Maura, manages to make the machine. Louhi promises to give him her beautiful daughter, whom she already had promised to VÀinÀmöinen. During the wedding ceremonies Louhi exchanges Talvikki for another daughter. Ilmarinen accepts the situation.

A wild young man, LemminkĂ€inen, finds out that there is a wedding in Louhi’s house and he has not been invited. Although his mother warns, the young man rushes to the wedding and causes trouble. Louhi humiliates the youngster, and  nearly by accident he kills Louhi’s second daughter. Louhi revenges and cuts the young man in  pieces. Sorrow  makes Louhi mad, and she hangs the head of her daughter into her garden. LemminkĂ€inen’s mother leaves for the realm of the dead. She finds her son, collects all the pieces and gives life back to her son. 

Ilmarinen takes his new wife home. Women in Ilmarinen’s house test the bride traditionally with mirrors, and they notice that the bride has already had twenty-three men. Ilmarinen’s sister is jealous for the men and kills the bride. To comfort himself, Ilmarinen forges a golden wife for himself, but the artificial woman does not work properly.

Three heroes: VĂ€inĂ€möinen, Ilmarinen and LemminkĂ€inen leave for war against Louhi to steal the machine that spits gold and silver. They succeed to grab both the machine and the beautiful daughter, the only one of Louhi’s daughters still alive. In the final battle both Louhi’s daughter, LemminkĂ€inen and Ilmarinen get killed, and the inmates of the underworld take them to the realm of the dead. VĂ€inĂ€möinen is tired for fighting, and only the mothers are left on the battlefield, mourning for their dead children.