Vaarna (2020)

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 objets 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. 

Creative team:

Concept and performance: Olli Vuorinen and Isak Lindberg
Light design: Teo Lanerva
Music and sound design: Petteri Rajanti
Production: Nuua with Pragma Helsinki
Age recommendation: adults
Duration: aprox. 60 min
Upcoming premiere: Date & venue TBC

Support: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, The City of Helsinki


Nuua was founded by Finnish circus artist Olli Vuorinen and Brazilian artist Luis Sartori do Vale in 2012 in Finland as company for visual theater and contemporary circus performances.

Nuua is one of Finland’s next generation companies in the field of contemporary circus. In a short time Nuua has taken it’s place in the international scene of performing arts. 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” is currently touring and new shows “Vaarna” (2020) and “Kulovalkea” (2020) are currenty under production.