HORSES AND ANTS

AN OPERA IN EIGHT ACTS

 

Duration 24 h

HD Video

Stereo

 

Song and narration: Frida Josefin Österberg

Music composed together with Kristios Yngling

 

Dance: Sandra Lolax

 

2017

Main

THIS HAPPENS

 

Act I

00.00-03.00

ÖSTERBERG DREAMS

 

It’s cold and dark outside but inside the tent, the stove is warm. In the cosy light

of the oil lamp, those on guard stay awake. Nightvision goggles keep a watchful

eye for enemy movement. It’s normal to see things when you’re tired.

 

Act II

03.00-06.00

ÖSTERBERG SLEEPS DEEPER

 

Someone is talking in their sleep. Mystical characters move around in the

space. In the darkness of the forest the stars shine bright and you can make out

the planets. It happens that you forget where you are.

 

Act III

06.00-08.00

COMPANY WAKEUP CALL!

 

The day begins with minute-functions. In the forest, combat training is being

prepared. Here and there the sun looks out through the morning mist.

Those who can, stay in the tents and fall back asleep.

At the hospital it’s warm and comfortable.

THIS HAPPENS

 

Act IV

08.00-11.00

THE BEST SONGS ARE LEFT UNSUNG

 

The company is getting ready for a manoeuvre.

The trucks are filled with equipment and war paint is applied.

Inside the trucks, small holes in the covers create camera obscura effects of the surroundings passing by.

Back at the brigade, films that deal with combat fatigue and stress are shown.

It’s orientation and luckily Österberg can follow Vesanen throughout the course.

Everyone has to be vaccinated for flu and boreliosis.

 

 

Act V

11.00-15.00

WAITING FOR A2

 

The school visits old front lines, bunkers and trenches.

War has broken out in Kaunispää where a farmhouse needs to be evacuated.

Two soldiers are sent down, but the farmer refuses to leave his property.

Combat training continues and TNT-carpets are layed out.

Nyman shows us how to do it.

Österberg is the messenger, and runs between all the trenches. It is hot and sweaty.

The NCO-students visit veterans at a senior citizens home.

THIS HAPPENS

 

Act VI

15.00-18.00

THREATENING SCENARIO

 

The lessons continue with films. The company arranges a track and field day

and first platoon wins as usual. During a lecture, contemporary threats and A2

Yellow State are discussed. After the shootings, the weapons are cleaned and

inspected by the NCO-students. Cleaning duty has to be completed before

rest and recuperation can begin. Starck keeps it in check.

 

 

Act VII

18.00-21.00

THEN IN OUR DARK HOUSE

 

Rest and recuperation commences. In the gallop-woods shooting exercises

continue even in dusk. The vicar gives a lesson on returning to civilian life.

At the garrison, st Lucia pays a visit. Liimatainen collects points by going for a

run and Österberg tells him about Atahualpa and Pizarro.

Pehkonen orders pizza.

 

 

Act VIII

21.00-00.00

SILENCE BEGINS

 

Jauhiainen gets his hair cut.

Saarinen guides the medics through a stabbing case. Österberg helps a friend

fix his bag. The light is out. In the forest, night shootings commence

and the flares slowly sink into the landscape.

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