Kompani Giraff: Tvärslöjd (Sweden) – Hurraa! Festival

Mosaiikkitori 2, 00980 Helsinki
Vuosaari House

Two circus performers create living sculptures from common objects and their own bodies. Through acrobatics and magic, they find moments of balance, where almost everything is perfect and still.

Two circus performers create living sculptures from common objects and their own bodies. Through acrobatics and magic, they find moments of balance, where almost everything is perfect and still.

As this moment is quite fragile, it requires concentration but also a little bit of luck. With elegant movements they create installations where the different kind of elements have to interact, keeping the picture from falling apart. In the performance of Tvärslöjd the story is not an ordinary story but is open for the children’s interpretation and imagination.

Two characters are creating balancing games with old-fashioned everyday objects. They surprise themselves to find various uses of the tools on stage. Where are they? Maybe inside a giant paint bucket? A secret room? Or in a magical forest? The performance is about how imagination gives us an opportunity to go from nothing to something, from nowhere to anywhere. To encourage children to learn new things - things they did not know that they could possibly learn.

Duration: 30 min
Target group: 3+
Non-verbal
Free for school and kindergarten groups. Obligatory pre-booking by kultus.fi.

On stage: Elaine Briant, Benjamin Beaujard
Director: Viktoria Dalborg
Idea and Choreography: Viktoria Dalborg, Axel Adlercreutz, Jenny Soddu
Music: Hans Appelqvist
Scenography and costume: Ellen Utterström
Photos: Jose Figueroa

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Hurraa! Festival 12.–20.3.2022

Virtuosity in the doorway, swans on a silver lake and men in wool socks!

The municipal cultural services of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, in cooperation with ASSITEJ Finland, organise the Hurraa! festival of performing arts for children and young people on 12–20 March 2022. The festival offers high-quality performances for children, young people and families in the cultural centres of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The programme includes physical theatre, circus, dance and puppet theatre. Traditionally known as a showcase for fresh Finnish performance art, the 2022 Hurraa! festival will also feature international performances produced by ASSITEJ Finland.

The Finnish highlights of the 2022 Hurraa! festival include: Ovisilmä by Teatteri QO, Prinsessa Pikkiriikki by Nukketeatteri Kuuma Ankanpoikanen & Tehdasteatteri, Suru puserossa by Teatteri Tuomikko, Piste, piste, piste by Company Portmanteau, Frankenstein by Red Nose Company and Sarana by Ilmatila. The international programme consists of four exciting performances originally intended for the 2020 Bravo! festival, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the 2022 Hurraa! festival, we will finally see M.I.S. – Natten Lang by Don Gnu from Denmark, Tvärslöjd by Kompani Giraff from Sweden, LILLA SVANSJÖN by Claire Parsons Co. from Sweden and Kuuki by Art Fraction Foundation & JIENKYO from Poland and Japan.

More information about the festival’s performances, ticket sales and related events will be available at www.hurraa.org from mid-December.

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