MAD IN FINLAND

Artists : Collectif MAD, Elice Abonce Muhonen and Sanja Kosonen
Other shows : Attraction Capillaire, Capilotractées  Cry me a river, La Roue de la Mort

"The feminine septuor choir throbs as one heart, jubilant, incandescent, airborne whilst defying the laws of gravity, perspiring profusely with the joy of acting together."
Christiane Dampné – Stradda – juillet 2014

A circus show about Finnish folklore, melancholia, madness, and highlights from the history books. Because of such passionate responses, the show has been touring now for over 10 years, touching audiences all over Europe. The seven powerful women performers transform the circus tent into a crazy and seductive act of new circus, chopping with axes through the expectations of femininity and gender norms.

All the artists of Mad in Finland have a common bond in that they have each left their motherland for the love of circus. With a gentle irony they show their country as they remember and dream of it. This distorted and warm-hearted satire of identity is portrayed through top level skills from foot juggling and clowning to wire dancing and aerial acrobatics. Circus, comedy, and live music tell a story of an imaginary and reinvented Finland where Finnish sadness has something magical about it and where the harsh climate encourages strong characters.

Meanwhile, the sauna is heating up.

ARTISTS ON STAGE:
Mirja Jauhiainen (trapeze, cello, bass), Jenni Kallo (clown, drums), Heini Koskinen (aerial silk, violin), Sanja Kosonen (wire dancing, guitar), Nelli Kujansivu (foot juggling, drums), Milla Lahtinen (swinging trapeze), Teija Sotikoff (vocals, keytar, flute)

CONCEPT/ORIGINAL CAST:
Elice Abonce Muhonen, Mirja Jauhiainen, Sanna Kopra, Stina Kopra, Heini Koskinen, Sanja Kosonen, Lotta Paavilainen

THANKS:
Remy Sciuto (Artistic advisor on music, Siri Hamari (Outside eye), Romain de Lagarde (Lights), Lucie Plessis (Illustration), Sebastien Armengol, Klara G, Paola Jorquera (Photographer), and Sauna, Joulupukki, Carina, Saxenberg, Claire Peysson

PRODUCTION : Galapiat Cirque
SUPPORTS : La Cascade, Maison des arts du Clown et du Cirque, Bourg Saint Andéol (07); Arts Council of Finland; La Comédie de Caen, Centre Dramatique National de Normandie (14); La Brèche, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque, Cherbourg Octeville (50)

TECHNICAL FEATURES :
Creation : 2012
Duration : 75 min
Skills : swinging trapeze, clown, foot juggling, aerial silks, trapeze, tightrope walking, vertical rope, live music
Seating capacity : 500 people
Audience : from 5 years on
Touring specificities : proscenium stage or circular staging; indoor or under big top

CONTACT :
Anne HEUVELINE
anne[@]avantcourrier.fr
+33 6 68 20 14 57

Nothing from 8 May 2022 to 8 May 2023.

 

Pictures : Sebastien Armengol, Paola Jorquera, Klara G

Video : edit : A Hakala; music : Leissi & T Sotikoff; filming : H Guinouard & J Soikkeli