In February 2021, the contemporary music festival Musica nova, DocPoint – Helsinki
Documentary Film Festival, and the Savoy Theatre will come together in a one of a kind
cine concert. The concert will feature experimental music pioneers Nik Void and Ilpo
DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Musica Nova, and the Savoy Theatre will put
on a cine concert on Sunday the 7th of February at the Savoy Theatre, which will transport the
audience to the frosty shores of Antarctica, in a time before climate change. Nik Void and Ilpo
Väisänen will create the soundscape for the legendary arctic expedition that was filmed in the
South documentary in 1919. In addition to their live performance, the artists have also composed
the music for the cine concert.
Putting the grand voyage to Antarctica onto film, director Frank Hurley depicted one of the mostfamous, frosty expeditions of the century under explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. The daring imageson screen are accompanied by the equally daring sound collisions of Void and Väisänen, whosecreations accompany tales of endurance, from the shipwreck of Shackleton’s team and theirsubsequent survival on the ice, to the fact that Hurley himself dove into the frigid waters of the sinking ship to save the film reels that we see in South.
As a film, South is an impressive depiction of curiosity, tenacity, and ingenuity. It praises the
immeasurable power of nature with its breathtaking visuals, but also brings about a certain sadness inthe fact that even Antarctica is not what it once was in the days of Shackleton’s expedition a hundred years ago.
The film’s depictions of explorations and breaking boundaries merge together with the
accompanying melodies to create a unique atmosphere, never experienced before. British Void is
known for his melodies that flow between ambience, avantgard, techno and noise. Void’s
unconventional style is a perfect balance to Ilpo Väisänen, another innovator of electronic music.Known for Pan Sonic and other solo projects, Väisänen’s creations are often born from simpleinstruments and techniques that challenge the norm of mainstream electronic music.
Cine concert South, at the Savoy Theatre on Sunday 7.2. at 16:00 and 19:00. Tickets (19€) are sold on DocPoint’s ticket shop, Ticketmaster, Lippupiste, and the Savoy Theatre (p. 09 310 12 000).
Next year the 20th edition of DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival will be held on
29.1.–7.2.2021. The festival will adhere to corona regulations and the authority’s current safety
measures at the time.
Finland’s largest modern music festival Musica nova is held in Helsinki on 2.–10.2.2021. The
programme will be released in parts during the end of 2020 and in the early new year. More
information on the programme released so far can be found at musicanova.fi/en. All festival
concerts will be held with the authorities’ safety restrictions and regulations in mind. Changes inthe programme are possible. The main organisers behind Musica nova are Helsingin juhlaviikot,Helsingin kaupunginorkesteri, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Suomen kansallisooppera ja -baletti,Yleisradio (Radion sinfoniaorkesteri) and Suomen Säveltäjät.
The Savoy Theatre is an international film and concert stage, that is equipped with up to date filmtheatre, light, and sound technology. The 750-seated Savoy Theatre hosts numerous film and music festivals every year.