Leading the project, hosting the ship in 2014, artistic direction Memories for life 2014, Instant 2015
Viirus is a Swedish-speaking theatre situated close to the heart of Helsinki. Viirus was founded in 1987 by three young actors. They wanted Viirus to be an alternative to the institutional theaters with focus on a young audience. The repertoire represented something new and different, consisting of plays that they wanted to do themselves and that they found interesting.Over the years Viirus has developed into an acclaimed and well-known theatre, but it still has the ability to provoke and surprise its audience. Many rising stars have performed on Viirus’ stage and there are more to come!Viirus had its own venue form almost twenty years on the island of Rajasaari, in an old red-brick building that used to be the water purification plant of Helsinki City. Viirus turned it into the most intimate, compelling and fascinating faclity a theatre could ever want, but unfortunately the building was in a very bad condition and the theatre had to move out in September 2007.Since 2010 Viirus is situated in Meritullinkatu 33 in Kruununhaka, Helsinki. A new generation of theatre workers has been responsible for the activity since the beginning of 2011. The board chose an ensemble of five young actors; Maria Ahlroth, Oskar Pöysti, Viktor Idman, Jessica Raita, and Pelle Heikkilä and director Maria Lundström. Matilda Sundström is the general manager. Viirus generation 2 interwine the artistic acrimony and the democratic work methods that has been a trade mark for the theatre all these years with new methods and a more open profile.Viirus has three to five opening nights annually. Some of the performances also go out on tour in Finland and abroad. Viirus makes theatre of today with a social consciousness, often with a strong visual and physical presence.Viirus is a member of IETM since 2011. The theare has been awarded with several prizes, for example The Helsinki Prize (best theatre in Helsinki 2003 by the Nöjesguiden magazine), The Top of the Year -Prize by Radio X3M 2005, The Antonia Prize (No Return performance, the theatre event of the year 2006) by Hangö Teaterträff festival and in 2014 Viirus won the national prize as the Theatre of the Year.