Jacksons Lane’s Nordic Exposure season features three circus acts with Finnish performers. These very different performances showcase the wide variety in today’s Finnish circus.
Three men from the North by The Nordic Council is a show about awkwardness. It is a show steeped in tradition and nostalgia built on contemporary circus, working with combinations of juggling, live music and aerial rope. The show is blunt and to the point in a way that only Finnish humour can be, Swedishly self-aware and with a hint of Icelandic peculiarity.
The Nordic Council was created in 2017 by Merri Heikkilä (Finland), Bjarni Árnason (Iceland) and Jakob Jacobsson (Sweden), while they were still studying at Codarts Circus Arts in Rotterdam. Three men from the North returns to Jacksons Lane after its run in March 2020.
Fheel Concepts’ Hold On is an entirely different way to experience circus: it is an immersive experience in mixed reality. Based on former aerial artist Corinne Linder’s life experiences, Hold On offers the opportunity to discover the different sensations usually experienced by artists on stage: the danger, the adrenaline and the joy. Visuals combine with scents and interactions to take you into the unique and extraordinary world of aerial circus artists.
By donning a virtual reality headset, you get to see through the eyes of an aerial artist as they take the journey from backstage and out onto the stage. Feel the fragility of the moment when you look down and find yourself suspended 10 meters above the ground, in front of the audience.
The third circus act with Finnish performers is Piste, piste, piste by Portmanteau, a show combining elements of contemporary circus, visual arts, and dance among others. We have written about Piste, piste, piste previously in more detail here.
Three men from the North by The Nordic Council, 9 March, 7.30pm, Nordic Exposure. Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA. Tickets available here.
Hold On by Fheel Concepts, 19–20 March, various times, Nordic Exposure. Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA. Tickets available here.
Piste, piste, piste by Portmanteau, 26 March, 12pm & 3pm, Nordic Exposure. Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA. Tickets available here.
Nordic Exposure season at Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, London N6 5AA, Saturday 5th March – Sunday 1st May 2022. Season Launch Night Wednesday 9th March 2022. All tickets £10 and under here. More about Jacksons Lane on their website.
The Nordic Council credit Megin Zondervan
Hold On credit Fheel Concepts