Keithy Kuuspu

Director-choreographer: Keithy Kuuspu
Performers: Martina Georgina, Agnes Ihoma, Jana Jacuka, Anumai Raska, Liisa Saaremäel, Johanna Vaiksoo
Sound artist: Mihkel Maripuu
Light artist: Sasha Mirson
Stage artist: Kairi Mändla
Materials dramaturge: Juss Heinsalu
Dramaturge: Laura Cemin
Production: Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava
Coproduction: Gertrudes Ielas Teatris
Residency: Contemporary Art Space Kutomo
Supporters: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation, Tallinn Culture & Sports Department, Culture Moves Europe

Duration: 80 min
Premiere on the 25th of Augustil 2023 at 19:00 at Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (STL).
Performances on the 28., 29., 31st of  August and 1st of September at 19:00 at Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (STL).

The performances will be both indoors and outdoors so we suggest to dress accordingly. The performance uses smoke, plaster dust, loud sounds, and nudity.

Read an essay by the dramaturg Laura Cemin “PAUS ISTU MINE: a standstill that oscillates”

The performance PAUS ISTU MINE (Standstill) is a fragment of time, stolen from the daily flow, placed under a magnifying glass with the desire to reach a pause, a still point. The performance searches for the moment of pause charged with tension through the uncanny and the sublime. Either by experiencing the slightly off-key familiarity or by being carried by the perverted sublime ecstasy, reality is displaced: a standstill appears exposing the experience in its bare essence, free from any meaning attached to it.

6 beautiful bodies seem to be preparing for something, but the purpose is hard to grasp, they seem to move almost just to structure time. A washing machine starts its cycle, plaster heels crumble under the weight of gravity, an ice chandelier drips from the ceiling creating a fake lake on the iridescent floor, a large net is used not to catch but to lean on.

The audience and the performers find themselves searching for the moment of silence between thoughts and seek it through absurd a(u)ctions, slightly unfamiliar objects and the sense of awe hinted at by shimmering lights.

Inside and outside, natural and artificial coexist: a request to stop and look slower. 

                                                                                                               Look  again. 

                                                                                                               Look closer.








Ready to bid? Decided? Those little hands need to be raised quickly! Bid today, pay tomorrow. Come on!


We will start the bidding with the sound works created by Mihkel, hot context photos of the performers, posters of the performance, ceramics made during the rehearsals, props are also on special offer today, starting from tomorrow the whole production, for example, yesterday we selled emptiness, today it will be…


Item no.1, unique!


We start at 1. Anybody wanna give 2? 2 …

                       / maybe I should have changed the … /

2 … anybody wanna give 3? Now 3 … Don’t stop! 3 …

                       / I can’t remember what was /

… 3 … say the … bid the … give the …

                       / I felt a drop on my … /

I am bit at 3 … anybody wanna give 4? Make it 4 … 4 … deal of the day!

                       / Did I program the wash? /

Anybody 5? Bid now or lose out! 5 … bit it 5 …

                       / I am too tired to … /

I’m at 5 and I want 6 … bid on 6 – 5 … com’on! Still 5 … would you go 6?

                       / Can’t help squinting my … /

6 – 6 … now 7 – 7… who offers more? 8 … spend it all here!

                       / It’s too hot up here /

… 8 – 8 … who will bit it at 9 – 9 … give me one more … only one more …

                       / those heels look heavy as a /

… 10 … going … this is going … now gone! 10 … sold it for 10!

                       / Wait, what did she … /

In the media:

Keithy Kuuspu in the radio show Siin. with Neeme Raud – 19.08.2023

“Kuidas luuakse etendust pausidest ja miks keegi üldse peaks seda ette võtma?” – Sanna Kartau, Postimees 24.08.2023

“Sõltumatu Tantsu Laval esietendub Keithy Kuuspu lavastus pausi võtmisest” – Aktuaalne Kaamera 25.08.2023

Keithy Kuuspu, Mihkel Maripuu and Laura Cemin in the radio show IDA Folder – 29.08.2023

“Igavene aelemine lõpmatus ruumis” – Kaja Kann, Sirp 15.09.2023

“Pausi võtmine pole võimalik: nõnda värisemegi kõik püüus napis hetkes rahu leida” – Gregor Kulla, Eesti Ekspress 15.09.2023