Meanwhile (Premiere in 2022)
Meanwhile is based on an absurd object manipulation in an absurd context, which feeds our perception of time and how we use it. We emphasize the importance of all things we understand unimportant. Two jugglers playing imaginatively with everyday elements is pushing our understanding of how all things felt unnecessary can provoke a change in our values or simply become something beautiful to witness. With minimalistic humour and virtuous object manipulation, the performance offers an array of images from our cultural values and its absurd order of priorities.
Meanwhile aesthetics are surreal and timeless. The performance can be experienced around the world – it opens up in different ways to different audiences. Performance mixes freely juggling, object manipulation and visual theatre. With the help of absurd humor, we bring viewers into a receptive state where they are open to new emotional experiences that can affect their worldview.
Olli Vuorinen is directing the performance with a technique he has developed over the years in which precisely rhythmic object manipulation in a theatrical context builds a new kind of contemporary circus that is ambiguous, whimsical, fun and touching. Jouni Ihalainen works as the artistic and technical assistant of the performance.
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: 55 min
Premiere: TBC 2022
On tour: 2 performers, 1 director, 1 technician
Bookings & information: Nea Granlund, Pragma Helsinki
Residency & pre-performances in Autumn 2021 TBC
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.