Professional Program 2022

Professional Program 2022

Salo Circus Festival 2022

Professional Program

Workshops and lecture for perfroming arts professionals and students.
Single workshop: 10€ / All workshops: 25€


Questions: festival (a)

Fri 29.7.
13.00-14.00 Sirkusfysio
14.00-15.30 Inspired by Fighting Monkey

Sat 30.7.
11.00-13.00 RISA partnering workshop

Sun 31.7.
11.00-12.30 Soif Totale: Chinese Pole, Handbalance, Acrodance, Aerial Straps + Hoop, Juggling
17.00-> Nunchaku Freestyle workshop, pizza & sauna on Sunday evening at Teijo

Sirkusfysio lecture (in Finnish)

Friday 29.7.2022 klo 13.00-14.00 @ Hermannin koulu

Miten saada keho kestämään vuosien sirkusharjoittelu?

Sirkusartistin uraan mahtuu kovia treenikausia, tuotannollista työtä sekä isompia ja pienempiä loukkaantumisia. Tarvitseeko kehon olla kokoajan valmis tekemään useampaa lajia vai miten lajiharjoitteluun ja kehonhuoltoon olisi hyvä suhtautua vuosien aikana?
Sirkusfysio valottaa luennollaan ajatuksiaan kestävän uran takana ja miten kehittyä vuodesta toiseen paremmaksi sirkusartistiksi.

Atte Niittykangas – Sirkusfysio

“Olen 2013 valmistunut ja jo maailmalle ennättänyt fysioterapeutti, jonka intohimona on ihmisliike. Tämän arkisen aiheen parissa koen edelleen viikottain oivalluksia ja innostun sen tutkimisesta jatkuvasti. 

Fysioterapeuttina on tärkeää erottaa jokaisen asiakkaan kohdalla hänelle olennaisimmat asiat. Ei yksi huonosti mennyt harjoitus kaada kuntoutusta tai aiheuta loukkaantumisia vaan kyse on paljon isommista kokonaisuuksista.

En myöskään halua antaa ennusteita mihin joku pystyy tai ei pysty joskus tulevaisuudessa. Ihmiskeho muokkaantuu ja uusiutuu jatkuvasti. Haluan antaa sinulle vastauksen siihen mitä tehdä, että kehosi pystyy haluamiisi asioihin.”

Atte Niittykangas – Sirkusfysio

Inspired by Fighting Monkey

Friday 29.7.2022 klo 14.00-15.30 @ Hermannin koulu

The teacher Marko speaks English!

Movement, movement patterns, movement situations. Rhythm, coordination, communication. Shapes and shapelesness, flow and multidimensionality. Clearness and chaos. Learning and teaching. Frustration and joy.

Epäsäännöllisyys, haastavuus ja paine ovat tärkeitä tekijöitä monimutkaisten järjestelmien kehittymisessä. Ongelmanratkaisun ja sopeutumiskyvyn kannalta välttämättömiä ominaisuuksia ovat myös improvisaatiokyky, mielikuvitus ja luovuus. Pohdimme ja perehdymme siihen, miten kehittää liikelaadullisten ominaisuuksien mukautumiskykyä, strategisia valintoja sekä luovuutta muuttuvissa ja ennalta-arvaamattomissa tilanteissa ja ympäristöissä.

Epäsäännöllisten liikkumistilanteiden ja monimuotoisten harjoitusmenetelmien kautta pyrimme virittämään kehollisten tapojen ja tottumusten adaptaatioita. Työskentelemme kompleksisten rakenteiden parissa kohentaaksemme liikkumisen laatua ja sen ominaisuuksia sekä luovaa varioimiskykyä.

Marko Grönholm

RISA – partnering workshop

Riia Kivimäki ja Saku Mäkelä

“Our aim is to break down existing forms and techniques and concentrate more to listening and attending

to paths of our own inner energy and physical yearnings.

Which way does the inner movement wish to unwind and with how much force, how do we relate it to each other?

We want to explore what is to be found when we are acting stronger through our own inner impulses, sensitizing senses and by reaching to our full extent, simultaneously facing resisting forces and reciprocal conflicts. Would that mean having to reject techniques and reasoning, that we have practiced before, in order to dig deeper, or will we rise upon those and through their assets find new levels?

We want to create movement with powerful content without making concessions to wavering physical limits.” 

Saturday 30.7.2022 klo 11.00-13.00 @ Hermannin koulu

RISA – Seamless weave of dance and acrobatics, a combination of two different physical artists and

the movement language that they have created together. Between the artists dance is reaching out in new dimensions, meets acrobatics and transforms into something new. 

The collaboration of the duet started in 2018 when they focused on exploring and developing their own personalized movement language and established RISA. 

The base of RISA’s work is dance acrobatics that has become one of the characteristics of contemporary circus. Saku is among the first circus artists majoring in dance acrobatics in a higher education institution. Based on this, RISA has started to develop their pair acrobatics into a new direction which feels welcome and refreshing in the fields of dance and circus and opens up a new chapter in dance acrobatics.

The name RISA is based on the artists forenames and additionally has inspired them to do things “risaisesti” (in a ragged manner)  

in their own way.

Soif Totale

Sunday 31.7.2022 klo 11.00-12.30 + free jam @ Teijon Urheilutalo (sportshall)
Main disciplines 1,5 h + free jam, choose your discipline

Chinese Pole (Beatriz Duarte & Julian Blum) 

Advanced workshop – people who already have knowledge/basics in Chinese pole. 

NB: Shoes, jeans and a sweater that protects your arms and stomach. 

Beatriz Duarte (Portuguese) and Julian Blum (German) met at ESAC – a superior school of circus arts in Belgium – and studied there together for three years, both specialized in Chinese pole. There they developed a lot of knowledge and research, both individually and as a duo on the pole. They also performed a trio Chinese pole act in FIRCO, a circus festival in Madrid, in 2021 and won the circontinentes prize. Today they are part of the company Soif Totale, which they created alongside 16 other people. 

With this workshop we invite interested participants to dive into a more technical experience, one that is focused on body awareness, physical liberation and intimacy with the pole. 

Handbalance (Sofia Enríquez Martinez & Elise Martin) 

You should already be able to hold a handstand in order to follow this class. 

Would you like to learn some new shapes on your hands ? 

In this class you will discover different ways of moving and of holding poses whilst in a handstand using a combination of strength, control and flexibility. Different arms and hand positions on the floor will be explored as well. 

Two teachers with different approaches and tips will help you advance in your personal handstand journey! 

Acrodance (Alix Schils) 

All levels 

Freshly graduated from ESAC, I’ve been doing acrobatics for almost my whole life. I would like to share a new approach to acrobatics, linking dynamics with slower movements, working on the rhythm of your body but also small details you’re not always aware of when you move ! All of this so as to give you new research pathways, new ways of moving and new ways to enjoy your own style of movement ! 

Aerial Hoop (Ana Julia Moro) 

Intermediate/advanced level (knowledge of basic aerial hooping required). Maximum 5 people. NB: Please bring a long-sleeved shirt or protection for your arms. 

Ana Julia Moro started practicing circus at the Londrina Circus School in Brazil at the age of 9. At the age of 17, she moved to Rio de Janeiro, where she entered the National Circus School of Brazil to pursue her dream of becoming a circus artist. But it was not enough to finish this school, she wanted to explore the world of circus in a new continent.

And so for 3 years, Ana travelled between France, Italy and Portugal, doing internships and studying in schools such as Vertigo (IT) and Salto (PT). In 2018, she was admitted to the Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque( ESAC) in Belgium, from which she graduated in 2021 specialized in aerial hoop. 

Today she is a part of Soif Totale, a circus company she co-created alongside 17 other ESAC students in Brussels. 

This workshop provides an introduction to dynamic and balancing techniques of aerial hoop. Together we will learn to listen to the body’s rhythm and to minimize physical effort in technical movements. 

Aerial Straps (Andrea González) 

Beginner to intermediate level. Maximum 4 people. 

*Suitable for all aerial artists with intermediate level in their discipline. (Silks , Rope, Trapeze, etc…)(Example: ideally Inversion/Straddle up on two arms (straight arms,straight legs) 

Andrea González, Graduated from ESAC Brussels, member of Cie Soif Totale. 

The aim of this workshop aims to give a good technical grounding in working with aerial straps. I would like to teach more natural ways of moving in the air and to inspire aerial artists to integrate this newly acquired awareness into their own artistic approach.

Juggling (Hugo Pernel, Ruben Olave, Carlos Barquero) 

This workshop is accessible for all levels; from amateur to experienced. 

Target Objects: Balls and Clubs 

In the program : 

* How to open your approach to juggling with variations called “Body Throws” with 1, 2 and 3 objects * An introduction to rhythmic juggling 

* An introduction to club passing 

* Different ways of adapting your juggling to the stage (this part is open to all juggling objects) Come join us, it will be fun! 


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Pre-festival gigs:
Tuesday 26.7. @ 19.30 Kesäkatu / Rica Bar, Turku
Wednesday 27.7. @ 18.00 Musine, Salo

Friday 29.7.2022 @ 19.30
Festival Gala @ Kulttuuritalo Kiva

Saturday 30.7.2022 @ 21.00
Salo Circus Cabaret @ Musine

Sunday 31.7.2022 @ 15.00
@ Teijon ruukkikylä

Bowrain (1983, Ljubljana) is Slovenian composer, pianist, and vocalist. He received his music education at the Conservatorium of Rotterdam and Amsterdam as well as at the Temple University, Philadelphia, USA. In 2014, he released his debut album Far Out, followed in 2017 by the album Distracted, and in 2020 his last live album project 2020 Seconds Alive. 

He has performed as an opening act to bends such as LAMB, Garden City Movement, Pereira Elsewhere, Arms and Sleepers…and has shared the stage with musicians such as The Brother Moves On and Shabaka Hutchings. He has performed across Europe, the United States and South Africa.

“Time” music video



Arctic Ensemble


Tuuliajolla (adrift) is a 20 minute performance including partner acrobatics, perch-equibliristics and street theater. This street show takes the audience into a sailing voyage enjoyable from the comforts of sturdy ground in Teijo Village. Suitable for all ages.

Pihla Ojala & Ilkka Kemppinen / Arctic Ensemble

Teijon ruukkikylä (Teijo Village)
Free entrance!


The Perfect Mistake

The Perfect Mistake

Shaking The Sky

The Perfect Mistake

Space Flight takes place in an imaginary place inhabited only by objects. Taking up where the iconic 1884 novel “Flatland” left off, the show is a rollercoaster ride through three dimensional space and time! The abstract story unfolds as the objects come to life. Sometimes they live and sometimes they die, but they are always surprising. If rainbows had eyes, this would be the show for them! 

Esityksen kesto: 50 min

Jay Gilligan, jonglööri
Sebastian Rotard, muusikko

Paikka: Kulttuuritalo Kiva
Liput: 15€


Ternura y Chocolate

Ternura y Chocolate


Ternura y Chocolate

The good thing about death is that it reminds us to be alive. It´s a birthday. This man is sitting alone, waiting the guests arrive but nobody will show up. Inflated balloons, lighted candles, everything is ready for the big party. Only thing left is just to open the fridge…
A rarely funny and tender show about manipulation, “Tenderness and Chocolate” speaks about complicated and mysterious relationship.

Duration/ Age : 50 min / Recommended for +7 years old

Artists: Mariano Rocco, Tom Collin
Light technician: Paolo Danesi

Paikka: Salon Teatteri
Liput: 15€