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To 20.6.2024 19:00
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Business as Usual

Author → Mehis Pihla
Director → Hendrik Toompere jr
Set Designer → Kristjan Suits
Composer → Maria Faust
Sound Designer → Lauri Kaldoja

Cast → Tõnis Niinemets, Viire Valdma, Gert Raudsep, Markus Luik, Karmo Nigula, Inga Salurand, Nikolai Bentsler, Märten Metsaviir, Taavi Teplenkov, Christopher Rajaveer, Hanna Jaanovits (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre), Helena Lotman, Kersti Heinloo, Raimo Pass

Band → Maria Faust (Denmark/Estonia) – saxophone/bandmaster, Mads Hyhne (Denmark) – trombone, Oscar Andreas Haug (Norway) – trumpet, Toomas Oskar Kahur (Estonia) – tuba, Ahto Abner (Estonia) – percussion

“Business As Usual” is a gripping narrative inspired by the money laundering scandals that rocked Estonian banking. The project is a part of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 main programme.

At its core, the story revolves around a young man from the Tartu suburb of Annelinn. Through connections, he lands a job in the foreign banking department of a prestigious capital bank. The department’s primary clientele comprises Eastern Bloc oligarchs. Business thrives, with the services of the Scandinavian bank branch being as secure as “swissarskaya”, as secretive as an “offshornaya” account, and as close as “petersburskaya”.

As the number of clients and turnover skyrockets, the protagonist finds himself entangled in a world where he must navigate encounters with oligarchs, prostitutes, and security guards. Adventures unfold in luxurious ski resorts across Europe and the vast expanse of Russia. This tale is seasoned with dark humour, portraying a reality where cash isn’t carried in briefcases but in suitcases with wheels.

The play provides a unique glimpse into a world accessible only to the super-rich, shedding light on how money laundering has influenced the politics of Western countries for decades. It delves into the complexities of giving up money of shadowy origins. Based on meticulously researched documentary materials from press publications and extensive interviews, “Business as Usual” offers a compelling exploration of a global issue that continues to shape our society.

Premiere: 6 June 2024 in the Comb Factory (Teguri 28a, Tartu).
Performances are with English surtitles.

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