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Circo Aereo is an international contemporary circus group from Finland. Circo Aereo is based in Finland and France but the troupe frequently performs around the world.
Currently one of the most active Finnish groups in terms of performing abroad, Circo Aereo is among the flagships of Finnish cultural exports. In the past few years, Circo Aereo's productions have been a major factor contributing to the rise of Finnish contemporary circus internationally. Active since 1996, the group has visited several distinguished festivals and theatres in over 20 countries. Circo Aereo's barrier-breaking and open approach to the various forms of the performing arts mesmerises and astonishes audiences around the world.
Circo Aereo's projects are characterised by artistic exploration in all aspects of the performance and the collective input of the entire artistic workgroup into the work. The willingness to broaden the potential of circus as a performing art and the desire to reform the language and forms of expression of circus bring the creation processes of Circo Aereo's works into interaction with other art forms.
Working in the field of circus as well as object and movement theatre, dance and music, the group has been invited to perform at a number of circus, dance, music and theatre festivals. Produced with a human touch and on a human scale, its performances aim to get close to the audience and their emotions. Indeed, communication with the audience and the creation of unique experiences are fundamental values for the group. Circo Aereo's understated but highly charged style embodies a search for the quintessential and a careful selection of the ways of expression.
Circo Aereo's extensive production includes an array of very different works. A joint creation of Circo Aereo's founders Maksim Komaro and Jani Nuutinen, Super 8 (2004) combines variations of traditional magic tricks, Super 8 films and visual comedy. The performance is a co-production with Finnish and French theatres. Jani Nuutinen's one-man-circus solo works Un cirque tout juste (2002) and Un cirque plus juste (2007) have won favour with critics and audiences alike. Un cirque plus juste was produced in cooperation with the French national theatre of Boulazac. Directed by Maksim Komaro for children and combining object and movement theatre with circus, Trippo (2004) has successfully toured the Nordic countries and France. In 2005, Circo Aereo had two premieres, with music playing a key role in both: Louisiana Circus, a co-production with UMO Jazz Orchestra; and Fritt Fall, a joint effort with RinneRadio. Louisiana Circus was an exceptional production for the troupe: in addition to six circus artists, the performers included 20 Finnish front-row jazz musicians. In the performance, modern big band music met experimental contemporary circus in a cabaret format. 2006 saw the birth of Espresso, a co-production between Circo Aereo and the French Les Objets Volants group, after a creative process spanning nearly three years. After its premiere, Espresso has successfully toured several countries, visiting the renowned Parc de la Villette in Paris, France, Theatre du Vidy in Switzerland and the Damascus Opera in Syria. Spring 2007 saw the premieres of Piece for Two Ropes, an aerial acrobatics performance choreographed by Sanna Silvennoinen, and FUR! by Maksim Komaro, an attempt to blur the line between contemporary circus and contemporary dance. In FUR! a group of artists representing various nationalities, art forms and traditions created its own code of movements, shunning easy labels.
In the past few years, Circo Aereo has also been involved in workshops for circus schools and circus artists, audience work and education projects and cooperation with the business world.
Courage to experiment and skill to evoke feelings: CIRCO AEREO!