Bone Chamber

Sivuhenkilöt is an artist group formed in 2016. It comprises seventeen professionals from the fields of theatre, circus and dance. The group is driven by an urge to make meaningful and multidisciplinary performing art.

The performances by Sivuhenkilöt aim to dismantle the rigid borders of different artistic disciplines, caressing both words and movement, the peripheral and the central, the mundane and the wondrous. Sivuhenkilöt examines the human standing next to the limelight: fragile, contradictory, touchingly incomplete. The group’s acclaimed live shows Sidekicks (2016) and There’s no room for my wings (2019) have been presented at Cirko, the main programmes of Helsinki Festival and the Tampere Theatre Festival, as well as other festivals all around Finland.

Bone Chamber addresses human mortality and our disregard of it. Where does dying begin? We are at the last recycling point before the final stop. The liminal space between the real and the symbolic. The characters on this stage of finality guide their thoughts, one another, as well as their body parts through the frontier. While one wishes that death could be present in the everyday, another attempts to alter the course of time. A third character seeks a way to grieve their pet, and a fourth simply wishes to ski away already.

Bone Chamber combines various expressions of performing arts and considers the seemingly bleak topic of mortality in many ways. There is a constant transition in motion; not unlike sunrise and sunset. The performance finds its form in compositions, simultaneity, and interruptions: in the movements of bones, in unexpected words and emotions, in the traction and balance of life and death. It is like a free fall, confronted with the immanence of death, just when you should not, one is overcome by a fit of laughter.

The language of the performance is Finnish. English text available.

Tickets to the performances

Running time 80 min
Location & accessibility Cirko, Suvilahti
Age recommendation 13 +
Tickets 25€ / 16,50€
Tue 14.11. at 19:00 Thu 16.11. at 19:00 Fri 17.11. at 19:00 Sat 18.11. at 19:00


Direction and dramaturgy:

Jyrki Karttunen, Eira Virekoski


Jyrki Karttunen


Eira Virekoski

Performers and co-creators:

Milla Jarko, Henna Kaikula, Saku Mäkelä, Kaisa Niemi, Ulla Raitio (voice role)

Lighting design:

Ainu Palmu

Sound design:

Joonas Outakoski

Costume design:

Riina Nieminen

Set design:

Oscar Dempsey


Henna Kaikula, Jyrki Karttunen, Eira Virekoski


Henna Kaikula, Juliane Mikkonen, Sivuhenkilöt-collective


Cirko – Uuden sirkuksen keskus


Samuel Huberin Taidesäätiö, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation / Uusimaa fund, Oscar Öflunds Stiftelse

Photos and video:

Teemu Kyytinen

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