Meet Katriina Andrianov!
I was introduced to Kati by my mentor and friend, John Bell. Kati is a Finnish scholar and puppeteer and we immediately connected over our shared interest in pauper statues (vaivaisukot) and community based theater.
Kati has been a project partner for SISU is in the Heart from day one and has provided endless support and advice regarding Finnish funding and insight about the Finnish theater system. Now that the project is returning to Finland, Kati will come to Lapua to choreograph three dream sequences in the performance and teach teenagers how to manipulate the large hand carved pauper statue puppets. I couldn't be more thrilled that she will be able to join us!
Please take a moment to read more below and browse the photos.
As far as I know, I don't have any family that settled in America. My father's family is well researched back to the 16th century but I don't know much from my mother's side . . .
If you could choose one ancestor to have dinner with who would it be?
I'd love to have dinner with my grandmother Ida (my mother's mother). She was born in 1905 in a small hut in the middle of a forest. Her family was so poor that the four children (Ida as the eldest) had to go and beg for bread. She never grew taller than 145 cm. She died in 1989, so I remember her well. She really got sisu... I miss her, I've so many questions to her.
Where do you feel most at home?
I feel most at home when I'm swimming with my son and my husband in the lake Arajärvi. It's an evening in July and the water is warm, clear and smooth. No wind, so I can swim silently towards the sun. No boats, not much people around - just the water and me. And my son's voice from the shore when he explains to his father what he just saw underwater.
What does "sisu" mean to you?
What does sisu mean to me, well - everything. It's impossible to live without it. I haven't gained anything easily but, on the other hand, I'm used to getting want I want, in one way or other. There have been times when I wished I could skip the sisu and just relax.