On 21 June 2022, the graduation party of the 48th class of Rakvere Reaalgümnaasium took place here at the Carola bar. Almost everyone was here. The bar was open; they partied and danced. They kissed people they hadn’t kissed before. They asked the DJ to play their favourite songs and enjoyed a party programme with several surprises. Their own school band Kunnelistid played while someone was already passed out in the bathroom. The party ended in the morning. Some went on to Olerex but that isn’t important anymore.
We have asked the party-goers to return to the Carola bar to see it as they left it. The playful
elements and events of the party have been immortalised in Carola as a performative installation.
Let's summarize and give ratings. Why not.
The categories are new every performance.
The democratic vote decides everything!
Data is real and so is the courage of the performers to playfully relate to it
The flowers have withered and the moment with them.
You may remember that moment but I don’t believe you
We began preparations around half a year before the premiere. We asked ourselves how to connect
with young people. We met the graduates individually through Zoom as well as in person and tried
to find a mutual form of cooperation that would allow us to create something meaningful for both
parties. We found that organising the graduation party with them would allow us to practically and
functionally curate the process. To involve people in creating a space for themselves, not for us or
an audience. After the party, we focussed on combining documentary materials – including the
thrashed venue as well as videos – with the live presence of the graduates in a preserved environment and moment. We sought to answer what the artistic equivalent would be to the temporal vacuum that young people experience in that moment – dreams shattered, fulfilled or changed. We conducted movement sessions to release the body and tried various playful formats to make the existing data and the experience of the party active in the present moment. The most difficult question, however, was: how do we share these priceless moments, where we as artists felt truly connected with the young person in front of us during individual conversations, with an audience? Graduating secondary school in a small town often means leaving home and moving to a big city, either temporarily or permanently. We remember that moment but this process has helped us to see aspects of our own growth we did not comprehend at the time.
Liisa Saaremäel, Kuressaare
Emer Värk, Elva
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