Sunday, July 31, 2016

opening night 26.10.2016 Barker Teatteri


A collaboration from painting artist Baukje Spaltro from Amsterdam and choreographer Marjan Raar from Turku.


opening night / ensi-ilta / premiär 
26.10.2016 at 19.00 
next performances
28.10 at 19.00
29.10 at 19.00
30.10 at 15.00

Concept Marjan Raar & Baukje Spaltro
Choreography Marjan Raar
Dance Linda Holmström,Kaisa Koulu, Nina Renvall, Marjan Raar
Painting artist Baukje Spaltro
Lights and staging Arttu Aarnio

"SPHERES" is supported by: Arts promotion centre Finland , Arts Council of Varsinais- Soumi, Svenska Kulturfonden and Turku City

Barker Teatteri
Raunistulantie 25 
tickets 15/8 €  per performance
reservation :
tel: 02 2383903
Barker Teatteri´s location: 

Reduction possible when buying tickets for several performances.
As every evening will be a continuation of the evening before and as we work towards an end result at day 4, you are able to reserve tickets for more than 1 performance, to watch the project´s beginning towards the final result.


SPHERES a collaboration between choreographer Marjan Raar and painting artist Baukje Spaltro.
Marjan Raar creates a choreography for dancers Linda Holmström, Kaisa Koulu and herself in different atmospheres, and dancer Nina Renvall adds her own atmosphere and dance to the piece. Baukje Spaltro will paint her works in the same space inspired by the atmosphere of the town of Turku. This will be her last work of her project City Spheres Turku which ends with a large painting on the wall of Barker Theater.

  rehearsals in Barker. pictures Cor Jabaaij

SPHERES is about space creations, battles, identities, expressions and interactions between the dancers,the painter and the light and stage designer on stage.
The choreography has to be danced , the lights have to be designed and the painting has to get painted. Baukje Spaltro´s final paintings of her series City Spheres in Turku will get ready during the 4 performances in Barker Teatteri.

"The question of WHERE we are is more meaningful than ever and more important than the question of WHAT we are. We need to focus on the place that people create to be 
who they are. This place I have given the name ATMOSPHERE. Spheres are space creations that act as an immune system." Peter Sloterdijk.


CITY SPHERES by Baukje Spaltro

Dutch Italian artist Baukje Spaltro travels through Europe painting  the Genius Loci ( the spirit of the place) of urban districts in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Milan and Turku.

During a short stay in every district, Baukje will capture the local energy and identity by colour and paint. Local communities are based on the local spirit and defined by traditions, monuments and buildings.
Especially architecture of past times reflects a special cultural identity an radiates an invisible energy. Spaltro focuses on this energy and the relation between this spirit, the district and the colours.
In one month she will paint several streetviews, monuments, buildings, urban fragments and local knights.
With the works of each district Spaltro will make an unique City Sphere installation. Finally she will exhibit all the City Spheres. City Spheres challenges people to look differently to the (un) known neighbourhood.
This project is a plea for local identity and an ode to authenticity of European cities.

In Turku , Baukje Spaltro will work in B-Galleria during October 2016 on City Sphere Turku. Her exhibition of City Spheres Turku : AURA  is still to be seen until the end of october in B-Galleria in Turku.
More info on:            



Sunday, November 8, 2015

BLACK opening night friday 13.11 at 19.00 Barker Theater Turku Finland

                                         BLACK a solo dance for 2

Black is an intense, rough, mysterious solo dance in rage and peace in a bare environment with nothing else but a floor, lights, music.  And dance. Back to the instrument that matters most..the body. All additional and artificial grace is abandoned. Back to zero. Fragile and vulnerable yet brave and daring after 30 years of being in a home away from home. 

Choreography and concept Marjan Raar
soloist                       Marjan Raar
alter ego and soloist Linda Holmström
light design               Arttu Aarnio
music                        Muziekfabriek & others
marketing                  Barker Teatteri
pictures                     Jesper Dolgov

Opening night friday 13.11 at 19.00
Next performances: Saturday 14.11 at 19.00
                                 Sunday   15.11 at 15.00
                                 Friday     20.11 at 19.00
                                 Saturday 21.11 at 19.00
                                 Sunday   22.11  at 15.00

Black has been supported by Svenska Kulturfonden, Läntinen Tanssin Aluekeskus and Barker Teatteri.

Tickets : 15 &10 euro

Barker Teatteri
Raunistulantie 25 H Turku
directions on

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Working in Kunsthal 45 in Den Helder, the Netherlands

During June I rehearse a new choreography in Den Helder, the Netherlands. 
I'm going to work in Kunsthal45 during the artist in residence program Air! 
On June 20 at 21.30 I will perform during an improvised evening  together with musician Jussi Paananen who plays the violin,  in Kunsthal45. 
At the same time artist in residence Baukje Spaltro works on her series of paintings Den Nieuwen Helder. 
Our impro will be inspired by Baukjes paintings, the space and the creative atmosphere of Kunsthal 45.
The other days I rehearse a new choreography which will be performed in Barker Theater in Turku ; BLack. 

An impression of our working process and performance at Kunsthal 45:

Pictures : Marja Lely

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Tonight Wednesday 20.5   at 19.00
Saturdag 23.5 and Sunday 24.5 at 15.00

Barker Teatteri
Raunistulantie 25 H

tickets 12 & 8 €
or 15 minutes before the performance

Linda Holmström in Windwhisper

choreography Marjan Raar
graphic art Veronika Ringbom
video installation Anikó Kuikka
light design, photography and technician Jesper Dolgov

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Windwhisper 16.5 at 19.00 Barker Teatteri

graphic art Veronika Ringbom
video Anikó Kuikka
choreography Marjan Raar
dance Linda Holmström
lights and technics Jesper Dolgov
sounds Anikó Kuikka
pictures Jesper Dolgov

opening night:      saturday 16.5 at 19.00
next performances  sunday 17.5 at 15.00
                             wednesday 20.5 at 19.00
                                 saturday 23.5 at 15.00
                                   sunday 24.5 at 15.00
tickets 12/8 euros
reservation: info(a)
Barker Teatteri