Esa Kirkkopelto

born 1965, established stage-director, dramatist and influential debatist in Finnish theatre. PhD in philosophy from the University of Strasbourg, France; on “Tragédie de la métaphysique –


The ethics of gastropods

An analysis of a trans-human practice

Entering trans-human areas always requires a certain courage and decidedness, just like any serious ethical action, writes Esa Kirkkopelto. And a trans-human ethics may well provide an answer to the claim of transformation that planetary crises impose upon our lives today.

The general malaise of twenty-first century theatre is often blamed on many external factors – lack of funding being the most common one. The real problem, Kirkkopelto argues, lies in the fact that despite all the freedom of expression that is available to art today, theatre has failed to live up to its full humanist potential.

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