Rakvere Theatre in Toronto "APART. Estonians Home and Abroad"

In 2016, the Estonian Studies Centre/Museum of Estonians Abroad commissioned the Rakvere Theatre to produce a show that would be our joint gift to the Republic of Estonia for Estonia 100.


The time: now. A journalist and a politician are trapped in the bowels of the building. Both are hiding something. They are surrounded by boxes loaded with stories of the diaspora - letters, interviews, audio-tapes. There fragments of the past are somehow tied to the present. And an old secret threatens to reveal itself...

Director: Üllar Saaremäe
Artist: Marion Undusk
Light Designer: Märt Sell
Actors: Grete Jürgenson, Tiina Mälberg, Toomas Suuman, Imre Õunapuu

In 2016, the Estonian Studies Centre/Museum of Estonians Abroad commissioned the Rakvere Theatre to produce a show that would become our joint gift to the Republic of Estonia which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The play debuted in Rakvere, Estonia last spring. The play is sponsored by the Government Office of Estonia (Estonia 100) and the Integration Foundation. The project is part of the development plan for the Compatriots Program 2014-2020.

The theatre company explored the concept of contact among Estonians separated by the Iron Curtain, and an ocean. Playwright Liisi Rohumäe dreamed up a story set in the Tartu College archives.

Thank you to: Kaja Telmet (idea), Piret Noorhani (project manager), Erni Kask (project manager), Marika Mayfield (archives assistance), Tiina Kaia Ets (English translation), Ohio Northern University, College of Arts and Science.

In Estonian with English translation.

Performances will be on Thursday, September 20 at 2:30pm and Friday, September 21 at 7:30pm at Tartu College.  

Tickets on sale at Tartu College and www.vemu.ca: $10 students/$20 adults


EÕK/VEMU (Eesti Õppetöö Keskus/Väliseesti Muuseum)

Eesti Õppetöö Keskus/Väliseesti Muuseum (VEMU) asub Tartu College'is Torontos ühendades Kanada ja Eesti kogukondi ning korraldades arvukaid ja mitmekesiseid kultuuriüritusi nii eesti kui inglise keeles: loengud, seminarid, õpitoad, näitused, filmilinastused, teatrietendused, kontserdid jm. EÕK/VEMU on Toronto südalinna kultuuriasutusi koondava Bloor St. Culture Corridori liige. VEMUs säilitatakse suurimaid väljaspool Eestit asuvaid väliseesti arhiivikogusid ja mahukat raamatukogu. /// The Estonian Studies Centre/Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU), located at Tartu College, Toronto, connects Canadian and Estonian communities through various diverse cultural programming in English and Estonian. Events include ectures, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, theatre, concerts, and more. ESC/VEMU is a member of the Bloor St. Culture Corridor, which unites cultural institutions in the heart of Toronto. VEMU houses the largest collection of archives and libraries of Estonians abroad located outside of Estonia.