The film Cuteness Overload is currently being created specifically for its premiere at Hangö Teaterträff 2020. The film is based on the performance Cuteness Overload by Nadja Hjorton, Lisen Rosell and Anna Efraimsson, but experiments with how the film medium can collaborate with the performing arts in order to create something unique. They dream of giving the public a feeling of presence and of approaching the means with which the performance can be experienced in real life. The group wants to explore ways of capturing the humour and aesthetic of the performance through film.
Cuteness Overload dives deep down into the cute, that which is categorised as the extreme, on the border, TOO cute, and examines when it goes overboard and becomes disgusting, repulsive, empty or voyeuristic. The performance uses cuteness as a projection surface in order to investigate power, gaze, subject and object.
Cuteness can be described as an affective genre that like pornography and horror affect us bodily. Cuteness Overload is a film performance that explores corporalities, verbal expressions, desires and the radical potential of cuteness.
You can see the film via the live stream on Yle Areena: https://arenan.yle.fi/1-50538447