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 that Vuorinen did two award-winning performances 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 companies of contemporary juggling Les Objets Volants in a performance Liaison Carbone.
Olli Vuorinen is very productive Finnish contemporary circus artists. Past years he has 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 2008 in Paris at Academie-Fratellini. Since then Ihalainen has been working with the French new circus pio- neer group Cirque Baroque, Théatre NoNo and in the performances of Kitsou Dubois.
The most well known solo work of Ihalainen is Black Pearl. It's been touring around the world in varies festivals in Italy, France, Finland, Germany, Japan and the Reunion Island. Black pearl won the Budapest circus price in the Cirque de Demain festival in Paris 2008.
Nahuel Desanto followed a Dance and theater education in the city of Córdoba, where he created and directed the show "Algo no concuerda". 2009 he moved to Buenos Aires in where followed a deeper and different need for research. He stopped the vocational training in circus school "La arena” and for one year he was dedicated to independent training in dance and movement. In 2010 he travelled to France where he attended three years of vocational training at Le Lido Centre of circus arts in Toulouse.
In 2013 he created the company Faseqiatra. Project focused on investigating and developing the relation of dance, theater and circus with audiovisual concepts on stage. It also carries out projects with several choreographers such as Kitt Johnson, Riedlbauchoba Verónica, Marta Torrents and Pau Portabella.
LUIS SARTORI DO VALE
Luis was born in Brazil, in 1982.
After completing a diploma in Fine Arts, he graduated 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. Nowadays he's 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 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 Montpellier 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 wide 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 Thomas (Cie Jérôme Thomas).
Coline Froidevaux is multitalented acrobat and dancer specialized on hand-to-hand acrobatics and washington-trapeze.
Petteri is a musician, sound designer, mixing and recording engineer.
Since 1979, Peter Rajanti has starred in movies and series as an actor 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 meters 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 more than 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
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.
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 object 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 object manipulation.
Anne is interested in developing visually expressive ways of using objects on stage.
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