NO43 Kõnts (NO43 Filth)

Directors and Art Directors

Ene-Liis Semper & Tiit Ojasoo / Teater NO99

© Tiit Ojasoo

If we held up a mirror to contemporary society, what image would come back to us? For this piece inspired by Fyodor Sologub’s novel The Petty Demon (Russia, 1905), directors Ene-Liis Semper and Tiit Ojasoo create a scenography whose power is both metaphorical and literal: the nine actors’ feet are plunged in thick mud, putting their bodies and their performances to a severe test. In this radical variation on the human condition, one cannot know the origin of the filth and the mud – is cruelty part of human nature or does evil come from the outside world? As relationships are made and broken, and violence follows tenderness, this comic yet cruel piece draws a portrait in relief of the emotional charges tormenting Europe at the start of this twenty-first century. Without trying to analyze the conspicuous frustration in contemporary society, NO43 Kõnts gives a palpable and physical rendition of these “surface emotions”: these persistent, stupid and dominant moods feeding European populism today. The almost wordless story, whose imagery is in constant metamorphosis, is carried by the actors’ physical commitment and extraordinary energy: and it leaves the audience still facing the unresolved enigma of life in society.

9, 10 and 11 December 2016
Directors and Art Directors

Ene-Liis Semper & Tiit Ojasoo / Teater NO99

Movement and bodywork

Jüri Nael

Light design

Petri Tuhkanen

Musical design

Jakob Juhkam, Tiit Ojasoo, Ene-Liis Semper


Marika Vaarik, Eva Koldits, Rea Lest, Rasmus Kaljujärv, Ragnar Uustal, Gert Raudsep, Simeoni Sundja, Jörgen Liik, Jarmo Reha

Performance times

Friday 8:30pm

Saturday 6pm

Sunday 3:30pm

Running time

1 hour 55 minutes


Salle transformable

Premiered 17 October 2015 at Teater NO99 in Tallinn, Estonia.