Meanwhile is a world that mirrors today’s culture and makes merry with all the pointless ways in which people can spend their time. It is a mix of riveting and dramatic atmospheres that combine with minimalistic comedy through juggling, object manipulation, and visual theatre.
The surrealistic and whimsical Meanwhile examines our experiences on the passage of time and the way it’s used. The modern world’s absurd priorities gain new dimensions, as the work praises things that are societally considered pointless to do. Two jugglers test the spectator’s understanding and the way in which our values might change simply by doing something we feel is unnecessary.
In his works, director and circus artist Olli Vuorinen creates ambiguous worlds where precise and rhythmic object manipulation in a theatrical context produces a new kind of contemporary circus.
Direction & concept: Olli Vuorinen
Performers: Merri Heikkilä, Onni Toivonen
Lighting design: Teo Lanerva
Sound design: Konsta Leinonen
Artistic & technical assistant: Jouni Ihalainen
Photos: Rauli Katajavuori, Jouni Ihalainen, Olli Vuorinen
Production: Nuua & Pragma Helsinki
Age recommendation: General audience
Duration: 60 min
Premiere: 8th November 2022
On tour: 2 performers, 1 director, 1 technician
Bookings & information: Nea Granlund, Pragma Helsinki
25th Jan 2023 10am & 7pm Sellosali in Finland
8th Nov 2022, Taidetestaajat at 10am & 1:30pm Järvenpää-talo, in Finland
8th Nov 2022 Premiere at 7pm Järvenpää-talo, in Finland
9th Nov 2022 Taidetestaajat 10am &1:30pm, Järvenpää-talo, in Finland
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.