Cilla Veronica Back

Theater Director


Cilla Back's work is frequently described with the words penetrating, surreal, corporeal, expressionistic, operetical, visual theatre. In her work each performance is treated as a piece of art as a whole. Directing, Choreography, Costume Design, Set Design, these are the vital components of Back's meticulously structured oeuvre – through them the audience it is carried into another dimension, "a world of its own" as Back calls it.

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Latest Productions

Glimpses from Cilla Back's latest production, the pluriannual, multidisciplinary project "City And Longing". The project is supported by Taike and Pirkanmaan kulttuurirahasto.


Selected Productions

  • Credits:   Based on the Screenplay by Rainer Werner Fassbinder Adapted for the stage by Cilla Back Premiere on the 31th of October 2019 at Lilla […]
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  • Desc Credits: by Witold Gombrowicz World Première: Det Norske Teatret, Oslo Production: Det Norske Teatret, Oslo no-repeat;center top;; auto Cilla Back’s Portfolio Yvonne theatral show Yvonne […]
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Cilla Veronica Back

The Female Nomad
of European Theater

Cilla Back is often quoted for her international working field and is Finland's most international female director. Her work has been seen in France, Italy, Russia, Norway, Finland, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland.
She works in five languages and has been denominated by the press as the “female nomad of the European theater".

Words on Stage

The content of Back's directings are revisitations of Classics by playwrites like Henrik Ibsen, Frank Wedekind, August Strindberg. Furthermore she dramatizes and/or adapts to the stage verse and prose (for instance Edith Södergran, Dylan Thomas, Arthur Schnitzler, Fernando Pessoa, Milan Kundera). In addition she directs texts of her own writing.

Directing tools

Back's signature is her her choreographical stage language – the actors' physicality is enchanced and structured, the use of space is carefully composed – movement, gesture and rhytm are the essence of her handwriting.

Supervisory Assignements and Prizes

Cilla Back was the Artistic Leader and Associated Artist for Finland in the EU Cultural Program – European Theater Network PROSPERO (2008 – 2012). Back's work has been recognized with several prices from the Arts Council of Finland, the Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Swedish Cultural Foundation.

One of Finland’s most international stage directors

Back is of Finnish nationality and belongs to the Finnish Swedish minority of Finland. She graduated from Scuola d’arte drammatica Paolo Grassi, Milan (formerly known as Scuola del Piccolo Teatro) in 1996.

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