Visual theatre / New circus

DISCUSSIONS. “Leave a message”

October 23 and 24, at 7 pm

Ville Walo & Kalle Hakkarainen:

DISCUSSIONS. “Leave a message”

A New Circus/ Visual Theatre (Finland)

The performance “Discussions” (Keskusteluja) focuses on the themes of communication and the lack of it. In the performance circus and video projections also communicate with the fresh music of varying tones composed for the performance by Kimmo Pohjonen and Samuli Kosminen/ Kluster. The performance’s strong visual quality reflects the course of time. Trough the means of moveable projection surfaces, the choreography of the circus arts grows into a choreography of the whole stage. Images from an old silent movie are combined with modern-time video sequences. Time and reality levels interlace and mix.

The circus group, which has grown known for the juggling style of Walo, that balances on the boundary surfaces between juggling, puppet theatre and dance, and the scale of expression of Hakkarainen, that reaches from film to object manipulation and magic, has toured with their previous performances “Odotustila‿ and “Katoamispiste” in Norway, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain and Croatia as well as Brazil etc.

Ville Walo is a pioneer, innovator and reformer of contemporary juggling, who in his work explores new juggling techniques and physical and spatial movement in juggling. Walo has expanded the expression range of juggling towards visual theatre and object theatre. Walo is artistic director of Festival of New Juggling as well as Cirko Festival of New Circus in Helsinki. Besides this group and solo work, he has been working together with Jérôme Thomas Company. His most important pieces of work so far have been the solo performance “Waloville” in 2002 and “Odotustila” (2003) and “Katoamispiste” (2004) together with Kalle Hakkarainen. The Arts Council of Finland gave Walo a 5-year artist grant starting from 2006.

Kalle Hakkarainen is a magician and a video artist from Helsinki. In his work he examines the new kinds of expression possibilities provided by video image and its capacities related to time and space. As a magician Hakkarainen has specialised in developing new tricks and new kinds of magic. His inventions have been published in the most important professional magic publications such as the MAGIC-Magazine. Year 2000 he won third price in the world championships of magic (FISM) in the Inventions category. In addition to his work as a magician Hakkarainen has worked as a director, editor and animator in TV programs, commercials and short films. At the moment he is studying in the Academy of Fine Arts in Department of Media Studies.

Performers: Ville Valo, Kalle Hakkarainen

Music: Kimmo Pohjonen ja Samuli Kosminen / Kluster

Costumes: Anne Jämsä

Light design: Marianne Nyberg

Light operator: Ainu Palmu

Sound design: Heikki Iso-Ahola

Sound operator: Joonas Pehrsson

Video: Kalle Hakkarainen

Old silent film: Aelita, Soviet Union 1924, director Yakov Protazanov

Production: WHS, Kiasma Theatre, Cirko– Centre for New Circus, Association for New Juggling, Centre des Arts du Cirque de Basse-Normandie.

Premiere: 12.10.2006 Kiasma Theatre Helsinki

Producer in Estonia: Kumu Auditorium

Duration approx: 65 min

Additional information: www.w-h-s.fi

Tickets are availible at Piletilevi sales points and at the ticket windows of the museum one hour before the beginning of the performance.

Electronical tickets: Piletilevi

Ticket prices: 175/125 EEK

We wish to thank: Embassy of Finland in Tallinn, Estonian Cultural Endowment, City of Tallinn, Pross, ISIC, Fotki.com, Overall Eesti AS, KesKus, Topauto, Bayer OÜ