Inside a forest of helium balloons, a small balloon follows one of the artists, as if it was a little bird on a leash, learning how to fly. In the background, attached from the wrist to a bouquet of balloons, someone seems to be lifted up to the air.
In a peculiar and oneiric universe, populated with helium balloons, two artists dialogue with each other and with their objects. Far from being ordinary objects, the balloons have their own life. The artists seem to talk, and actually interact with the physical will of their own tools.
Combining object manipulation, juggling, acrobatics and physical theatre, with hints of puppeteering and magic, Lentois a research on risk, control, obsession and nostalgia.
With strong images and poetic situations, Cie Nuua invites the spectator to celebrate the miracle of flight.
Lento is part of Flow-circus, a series of contemporary circus performances in Oulu. The series is produced by Flow Productions with the support of Arts Promotion Centre Finland and in collaboration with Oulu August Festival, culture centre Valve and The New Oulu Celebration Year.
Cie Nuua website: http://www.cienuua.com/nuua/lento.html
Performance: Oulu August festival, August 14, 2013 at 6pm in Culture Centre Valve, Hallituskatu 7
Tickets: 20/15€ Valve ticket office (08-558 47575) and Lippupalvelu
Concept and performance: Olli Vuorinen & Luis Sartori do Vale
Light design: Jere Mönkkönen
Music/Sound design: Petteri Rajanti
External eye: Isak Lindberg
Costumes: Anne Jämsä
Production: Cie Nuua (www.cienuua.com)
Co-production: WHS, Maison de Jonglaes
Laureate of Circus Next 2012/2013
Premiere: 19-21 June, 2013 Mirabilia Festival, Fossano, Italy