Nuua: Vaarna

Nuua: Vaarna

Vaarna is an old Finnish word meaning an either wooden nail or a peg that is used to hold the circus tent in the ground and keep it in place.

Vaarna is in the border between new circus and installation art. A surrealistic performance where installation art, juggling and physical theatre meets in obscure environment creating a performance that guides our senses in a hypnotic and mesmerising ways. With kinetic sculptures and big objects manipulated by two jugglers. Vaarna brings out the prestige of a simple graphical forms turning them into eccentric visual experiences.

Graphical shapes and scenographical elements of the performance comes alive in the hands of the jugglers and surrealistic physical theatre creates playful images to present our personal obsessions as artists. Creating a visually touching and personal trip, like a stream of consciousness, a real treat for eyes and mind.


Nuua Company is a Finnish new generation contemporary circus and visual theatre group founded in 2012 by Olli Vuorinen and Luis Sartori do Vale. It has redeemed its place in the international field of contemporary circus with its experimental works. Nuua collaborates with various artists bringing internationally trained circus artists to Finland and creating a new vision for contemporary circus in Finland. Nuua has developed a direction in which the circus is understood as an unifying element of different performing art forms. Nuua renews juggling as object theatre, concepts connecting body and object movements and explores the theatrical expression of circus skills.

Nuua’s works are designed and implemented together so that each member of the working group contributes to the artistic content as an equal member. Nuua wants to provide a safe environment for artistic work where one can question the norms of circus, learn new skills and create collaboratively in a way that makes each performance unique and rich.

Running time 60 min
Location & accessibility Cirko – Center for New Circus
Age recommendation +8
Tickets 30/16,50 €
Thu 2.9. at 18:00 Fri 3.9. at 18:00 Tue 7.9. at 18:00 Wed 8.9. at 18:00 Thu 9.9. at 18:00 Sun 12.9. at 15:00


Artistic concept & performance

Isak Lindberg & Olli Vuorinen

Light design

Teo Lanerva

Music & sound design

Petteri Rajanti


Anne Jämsä


Nuua & PRAGMA Helsinki