The Otava project is the first ever circus interpretation of the Finnish national novel ‘Seven Brothers’ by Aleksis Kivi which was released for the first time in 1870. As the title suggests, the story follows seven brothers and their journey through the struggles and joys of life.

The novel has been described as the cross-section of the soulscape of a typical Finnish man, and this is the artistic backbone of Otava.

The show itself is an adaption of the original novel, combining storytelling and circus and creating a piece the likes of which has never been seen before.

© Mikko Pirinen
© Mikko Pirinen


The Otava crew consists of eight multidisciplinary professional Finnish circus artists, a producer, a composer and a director. The group have worked together and individually on various projects, at a variety of venues, spanning both traditional and contemporary circuses in Finland and abroad. The members of the crew are experts and professionals in their field of work, not to mention having a variety of other skills that are also used in the project. The project creates additional content in audio, video and photo forms, alongside circus performances.

Our skills: Acrobatics (including pair and group acrobatics), teeterboard, contact juggling, handstand, Washington trapeze, juggling, diabolo, Chinese pole, slack rope.


  • Art Director: Vilhelm Eklund
  • On Stage: Ada Forsberg, Aarni Pahajoki, Anselmi Kaisanlahti, Eetu Ranta, Juha-Matti Eskelinen, Jukka-Pekka Matero, Mikko Pirinen, Aleksi Niittyvuopio
  • Videos and Photos: Aarni Pahajoki, Mikko Pirinen
  • Music Design: Emilia Takayama
  • Hurdy Gurdy Artist and Musician: Jakob Frankenhaeuser
  • Producer: Kaito Takayama
  • Supporters: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Circus Taika-Aika, Saarni Sirkus
  • Premiere year: 2022
  • Duration: 90-120 min
  • Audience: Adults, Youth, Children
  • Stage dimensions: 10 m x 7 m x 8 m
  • Trailer: Watch here

Contact Otava-project

Producer Kaito Takayama


+358 40 833 7887