Vaarna (2021)

Vaarna is an old Finnish word meaning an either wooden nail or a peg that is used to hold the circus tent in the ground and keep it in place. 

Vaarna is in the border between new circus and installation art. A surrealistic performance where installation art, juggling and physical theatre meets in obscure environment creating a performance that guides our senses in a hypnotic and mesmerising ways. With kinetic sculptures and big objects manipulated by two jugglers. Vaarna brings out the prestige of a simple graphical forms turning them into eccentric visual experiences. 

Graphical shapes and scenographical elements of the performance comes alive in the hands of the jugglers and surrealistic physical theatre creates playful images to present our personal obsessions as artists. Creating a visually touching and personal trip, like a stream of consciousness, a real treat for eyes and mind. 

Artistic concept & performance: Olli Vuorinen, Isak Lindberg / Merri Heikkilä
Light design: Teo Lanerva
Music & sound design: Petteri Rajanti
Costume design: Anne Jämsä
Dressmaker: Elina Tuomisto
Production: Nuua & Pragma Helsinki
Photos: Jeromy Zwick, Jouni Ihalainen & Teo Lanerva
Age recommendation: Adults, Youth, Children 8+
Duration: 60 min (no intermission)
Stage dimensions: 10 m x 8 m x 6 m
Premiere: 2nd Sep 2021 Cirko – Center for New Circus
On tour: 2 performers, 1 technician
Bookings & information: Nea Granlund, Pragma Helsinki

Past tours
2nd – 12th Sep 2021 Cirko – Center for New Circus, in Helsinki, Finland
5th September 2021 at Performing HEL Showcase, in Finland

Future tours
In Spring 2022 shows in Oulu
In Spring 2022 show in Espoo

Support: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, The City of Helsinki, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Kulturgjuteriet Borrby, Samuel Huber Foundation

Vaarna Trailer
Nuua Biography 2013–2020

Nuua Company is a Finnish new generation contemporary circus and visual theatre group founded in 2012 by Olli Vuorinen and Luis Sartori do Vale. It has redeemed its place in the international field of contemporary circus with its experimental works. Nuua collaborates with various artists bringing internationally trained circus artists to Finland and creating a new vision for contemporary circus in Finland. Nuua has developed a direction in which the circus is understood as an unifying element of different performing art forms. Nuua renews juggling as object theatre, concepts connecting body and object movements and explores the theatrical expression of circus skills. 

Nuua’s works are designed and implemented together so that each member of the working group contributes to the artistic content as an equal member. Nuua wants to provide a safe environment for artistic work where one can question the norms of circus, learn new skills and create collaboratively in a way that makes each performance unique and rich.

Nuua’s first performance ”Lento” (2013) has reached over 35 000 spectators in 11 different countries. The second one “Taival” (2016) has been seen in 5 countries. The third one “Hede” (2018) is currently touring and new shows “Vaarna” (2021), “Kulovalkea” (2021), “Meanwhile” (2022) and “Blueberry Burdock” (2022) are currently under production.