©Jouni Ihalainen






NUUA was founded by Finnish circus artist Olli Vuorinen and Brazilian artist Luis Sartori do Vale in 2012 in Finland as company for visual theater and contemporary circus performances.


Nuua is one the Finland’s next generation companies in the field of contemporary circus. In a short period Nuua has taken it’s place in the international scene of performing arts. Nuua’s first performance ”Lento” (2013) have reached over 35 000 spectators in 10 different countries.


Nuua collaborates together with various international artists around Europe, shares expreriences and brings back to Finland a new taste of circus. What makes Nuuas works interesting is the fact that they are designed and carried out in co-operation with the whole company as collective piece. Assistant director, performers, light designers, sound designer and costume designer combine their different properties and can realize their work in more personal level, making the performances very creative and rich.




Artist / Director


Olli Vuorinen founder of Nuua company graduated from a French circus school Academie-Fratellini in 2011. After the education Vuorinen did two award-winning perfromances in Cirque de Demain-festival and his company got selected in 2012 to a EU-funded Circus Next-project. Since 2011 Vuorinen have been working closely with one of the pioneer compgnies of contemporary juggling Les Objets Volants in a performance Liaison Carbone.


Olli Vuorinen is very productive Finnish contemporary circus artists. Past years he have been performing over 20 different countries. Vuorinen is known from his personal approach to performing, innovative juggling techniques and varied objets theatre skills.





Jouni Ihalainen graduated the Salpaus circus line in Finland 2005 and completed his studies on 2008 in Paris at Academie-Fratellini. Since then Ihalainen has been working with the French new circus pio- neer group Cirque Baroque, Thétre NoNo and in the performances of Kitsou Dubois.


The most well known solo work of Ihalainen is Black Pearl. Which has been touring around the world in varies festivals in Italy, France, Finland, Germany, Japan and the Reunion Island. Black pearl won the Budabest circus price in the Cirque de Demain festival in Paris 2008






Nahuel Desanto follows a Dance and theater education in the city of Córdoba , where he had created and directed the show " algo no concuerda " . In 2009 he had moved to Buenos Aires where following a deeper and different need for research he stopped the vocational training in the circus school " la arena” and for one year he was dedicated to independent training in dance and movement , in 2010 he traveled to France where he attended three years of vocational training in the school Le Lido Centre of circus arts in Toulouse.


In 2013 he created the company Faseqiatra. Project focused on investigating and developing the relation of the dance, theater and circus with audiovisuals concept on the stage. It also carries out projects with several choreographers such as KittsJohnson , Riedlbauchoba Verónica , Marta Torrents, Pau Portabella.




Luis was born in Brazil, in 1982.

After completing a diploma in Fine Arts, he graduates from the Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque (ESAC, Belgium) in 2008.


Since then, besides his own projects, he has worked with different circus and dance directors, such as Rolf Alme, Liisa Risu and Reynaldo Ramperssad, and companies such as Archaos, Les 7 Doigts de la Main and Hurjaruuth.

He's nowadays working on the creation of a new show with the belgian company BabaFish.


When not working with performing arts, Luis works with visual arts: illustration, photography and animation.






Coline Froidevaux did the all the circus formations France can offer... She started at the age of 4 and went from Cirque Plumes youth circus school to preparatory circus schools in Lomme and Montpelier to professional school ENACR ( Ecole Nationale des Arts du Cirque de Rosny-sous-bois ) and she finished her studies with an DMA-des arts du cirque-diplome in Academie Fratellini in 2013.


All these years gave her vide artistic perception in various circus, dance and theatre creations with well known directors like Fabrice Champion ( les Arts Sauts ), Laurent Fréchuret ( Cie L’incendie ), Marc Proulx, Coline Serreau and Jérôme Tho- mas ( Cie Jérôme Thomas)


Coline Froidevaux is multitalented acrobat and dancer specialised on hand-to-hand acrobatics and washington-trapeze.




Sound designer


Petteri is a musician, sound designer, mixing and recording engineer.


Since 1979, Peter Rajanti has starred in movies and series as an acotor and made a number of sound designs for theater and dance performances, as well as in the movies. Rajanti has played in numerous bands since 1976 until today. He has recorded, edited and mixed a number of records since 1994. Rajanti is involved in a music collective who owns a 200 square meter recording studio. He has taught sound design and acoustics in Tampere University of Applied Sciences in art, music and media unit, as a lecturer from 1995.


Feels comfortable on stage and has been an actor in a professional theatre. Likes to work with little groups doing everything needed, composing, arranging, acting, soldering, driving a car etc.




Light designer / Technical director (Taival)


Teo Lanerva is a freelance lighting designer based in Helsinki, Finland. In addition to his diverse projects he is studying lighting design in the department of Lighting and Sound Design of the University of the Arts Helsinki.


Lanerva works mostly with contemporary performances, music and events ranging from small underground clubs to bigger festivals. Nothing lights him up as working with music. Although He thinks he couldn’t make it without the precision and small details of performing arts. That being the main reason why he has chosen to work constantly on both fields. Recently Lanerva also started to work with video, which interests him more as an intelligent light source and set element than source of information.




Light designer / Technical director (Lento)


Jere Mönkkönen is a light designer. He is a graduate of light expression at Tampere

University of Applied Sciences in the department of Arts and Communication.


Mönkkönen has designed lights for several Finnish and Estonian presentations, and has worked with renowned artists, such as director Kristian Smeds.


In addition to light design, Mönkkönen has worked as a technical producer and a lighting supervisor on several contemporary circus groups, including WHS, Race Horse Company and Cirko Aereo, as well as Savonlinna Opera Festival.




Costume designer


Anne is a costume and set designer who has worked particularly with object theater, dance and contemporary circus. She have been designing costumes, props and stage sets mostly in objets theater, dance and contemporary circus performances.


She has a master degree from University of Art and production design and she postgraduated with her research of objets manipulation.


Anne is interested in developing visually expressive ways of using objects on stage.

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