Circus Maximus


Programme for the rest of the year

November 16, 2023

In this letter you will find information about Circus Maximus' program for the end of the year: the performances Here and There and Labia.


Programme 2023 – Here and There

As part of the "Here and There" project, artist Onur Tayranoğlu takes on the role of the "stranger" in Mänttä-Vilppula, enlisting the help of Mäntän Lukio students to navigate the art city.

Using a fictional narrative as an organizing framework for this two-month endeavor, the project envisions the local high school students as guides leading the stranger through the city. Structured as a community art project, this endeavor takes the form of a performance. It involves weekly performative gatherings with high school students who actively participate in the process, resulting in an installation to share the traces of the performative process.

Drawing from their personal experiences as a queer immigrant artist residing in Finland, Tayranoğlu's visual and performative exploration in "Here and There" delves into the themes of otheredness and strangeness by claiming these positions. They see these positions as a tool to critically approach their own situatedness in Finland, but also their role as artists-in-residence working on a community art project.

The overarching goal of the project is to create a space for meaningful and critical conversations about issues such as otherness, emancipation, community, belonging, and home-making. These conversations occur within performative, play-like settings in which they ask: How can the stranger and the teenagers find a common ground to share tools to contribute to a shared space and a sense of support and understanding?

The installation, made in collaboration with Mäntän Lukio students, will be opened to the public on December 13 at the Serlachius Residency's gallery space in Aleksanterin linna, Mänttä-Vilppula. An informal gathering with the artist and some of the project participants will be held on December 14. The exact time tba.

Costume for the project made in collaboration with the visual artist Kolya Kotov.


Programme 2023 – Labia

Three performers bring the sensuality, poetics and politics of kissing on stage.

In labia tender queers reshape and play with the multiple forms and images of gender and free romantic love. Different forms and intentions of kissing crystallize into small dances, scenes and choreographies. The performers fluctuate between experiencing and performing the intimate. Lips are touching other lips - thirsting, greeting, for farewell, giving, taking, sensing, asking, aching and longing.

bois, butts
hubba bubba, guts
wet lips, singing hips
bye shy bye

Demo versions of Labia have been performed at the Museum Of Impossible Forms in an evening organised by Bodies of Pleasures collective and at Urban Apa’s Club Ambedo.


Director: Kauri Sorvari

Performers: György Jellinek, Kauri Sorvari, Jussi Ulkuniemi

Lighting designer: Sofia Palillo

Sound designer: Satu Kankkonen

Costume designer: Johanna Liebl

Producer: Riikka Lakea

Supported by Jenny & Antti Wihuri Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Urban Apa, Circus Maximus

Language English / not language dependent

Age recommendation Not recommended for children
Content warning loud sound, theatre smoke, erotic imagery (kissing)


  • Thu, 7 December at 7 pm
  • Fri, 8 December at 7 pm
  • Sat, 9 December at 7 pm
  • Sun, 10 December at 3 pm

Venue: Hall, Culture centre Caisa, Kaikukatu 4 B, 00530 Helsinki

Tickets 15€/10€