The Divine Lie

The Divine Lie

​Inspired by Anna Kortelainen’s book Restless Woman – The Cultural History of Hysteria and its descriptions of hypnosis shows and the phenomena around the hysteria patients in the Late 19th Century.​

Directed by Pirjo Yli-Maunula and created in collaboration with the entire working group, the work moves at the interfaces of different art fields. The multidisciplinary team consists of artists from clowning, dance, corporeal mime, music and visual arts.

The audience is taken to the interface of absurd scenes from the everyday life of the sanatorium, and the repetitive days of alike. The movingly heroic and tenacious characters, their dreams, hopes, resentments, and efforts of power, become shameless and sensual, perhaps redefining beauty as well.

Running time 60 min
Location & accessibility Cirko – Center for New Circus
Age recommendation +12
Tickets 30/16,50 €
Wed 17.11. at 19:00 Thu 18.11. at 19:00 Fri 19.11. at 19:00 Sat 20.11. at 19:00 Sun 21.11. at 15:00



Pirjo Yli-Maunula

​Performed by

Reetta Honkakoski, Jenni Kallo, Ona Kamu, Tuovi Rantanen ja Hanna Terävä

Light design

Sofia Palillo

Sound design

Hanna Rajakangas


Ona Kamu

Costume and set design

Heidi Kesti


Sari Lakso


Kallo Collective


Flow sirkus


Alfred Kordelinin säätiö, Jenny & Antti Wihurin rahasto, MES, Niilo Helanderin säätiö, Oulun Valistustalorahasto, Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, Taiteen edistämiskeskus