Company Portmanteau

Company Portmanteau


PERTO is the Portuguese word for ‘near’, ‘close’. It is the conceptual starting point for a transdisciplinary performance which experiments with the potentials of real time video imagery on scenic spaces.

Transforming the meanings of the actions on stage by the simple manipulation of images in an imaginary space, Perto explores technologically mediated relationships and how different modes of communication can intertwine, interact or speak to each other.

Combining contemporary circus, video art, dance and physical theatre, blurring boundaries between ‘virtual’ and ‘real, PERTO creates a complex network of interactions between different universes and the performers themselves.

Through a collection of several tableaux, or short stories, 5 performers share the stage exploring different aspects of our lives and roles in a technologically mediated society.

Portmanteau is a contemporary circus company from Finland, focused on creating multidisciplinary performances exploring the dialogue between circus and other art forms.

Audience discussion on friday after the performance.


The performance may contain flashing lights and loud sounds.

Running time 60 min
Location & accessibility Cirko
Age recommendation 8+
Tickets 30€/16,50€, Family ticket 80€ (incl. 2 adults and 2 children)
Fri 31.3. at 19:00 Sat 1.4. at 16:00 Sat 1.4. at 19:00

Working group:


Luis Sartori do Vale


Luis Sartori do Vale, Sanna Vellava, André Mintz


Luis Sartori do Vale, Minna Liimatainen, Saku Mäkelä, Milla Jarko, Rodrigo Borges

Light design:

Jere Mönkkönen

Sound design:

Petteri Rajanti



Supported by:

TAIKE, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Samuel Huberin Taidesäätiö, Cirko, Embassy of Brazil in Helsinki / Brazil-Finland Cultural Center