Hede is a lyrical contemporary circus performance exploring organisms of human interaction. The performance transforms the stage into a visional room, where object manipulation, juggling and poetry meet in an absurd way. With symbolic floral objects and minimalistic aesthetics the show makes transitions from motion into imaginary – and the other way around. Hede balances between simple elements and complex thinking.
Concept & performance: Katri Salmenoja & Olli Vuorinen
Juggling & Object Manipulation: Olli Vuorinen
Poetry & Sound: Katri Salmenoja
Light Design: Teo Lanerva
Production: Nuua & Kunelma
Age recommendation: General audience
Duration: 35 min
Premiere: 24th Nov 2018, EINTANZHAUS, Mannheim, Germany
Spoken language: There will be Finnish poetry included in the performance, which will be translated into English
On tour: 2 performers, 1 technician
Bookings & information: Nea Granlund, Pragma Helsinki
31st Oct – 1st Nov 2020, Theatre Näyttämö, Joensuu, Finland
26th Aug 2018 Runokuu Festival, Talvipuutarha, Helsinki, Finland
24th – 25th Nov 2018, EINTANZHAUS, Mannheim – Germany
27th Jan 2018, Festival Circonova, Théâtre de Cornouaille, Scene national de Quimber, France
12th Dec 2017 Work-in-progress presentation, CIAM – Centre international de Arts en Mouvement, France
6th Oct 2017 Work-in-progress presentation, Circus Helsinki, Finland
11th – 12th Dec 2017 CIAM Centre International des Arts en Mouvement – Aix-en- Provence, FR
6th –12th Nov 2017 Borrby Kulturhjuset, Malmo, Sweden
10th – 20th Aug 2017 Circus Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Support: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, CIAM-Centre international de Arts en Mouvement, Circus Helsinki, Narri art house, Sirkus Faktori, Kulturjhuset Borrby, TelepART
Photos by Rauli Katajavuori
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” (2020) is currently touring and new shows “Vaarna” (2021), “Meanwhile” (2021) and “Kulovalkea” (2021) are currently under production.