Recover Laboratory

<3 (Smaller than three)

<3 (Smaller than three) is a sparkly and effervescent contemporary circus performance based on joy, play and being free. A magical island is shared by humans and lump-like Möntti creatures – the arrogant, the spiral, the oval one, and many more. The performers manipulate hoops, plastic spirals, and piles of hollow tubes and invite you on a personal journey to an absurd and immersive wonderland. In the installation the audience can join the fun: play with soap bubbles and a jacuzzi, or just observe the world.


Hoop artists Susanna Liinamaa, Maiju Saarimaa, and Miradonna Sirkka want to create a caring space where you can feel free and try the limits of norms. They don't settle for narrow expectations for female hoop artists' bodies or movements.

<3 is a co-production with Recover Laboratory, a pioneer in immersive and interactive performances that draw from human contact. The multi-artistic team is completed with musician Samuli Kivelä, experience designer Inna Huttunen, light and space designer Alina Pajula, visual artist Sofi Häkkinen, costume designer Hanna Herva and puppeteer Anna Nekrasova.


  • circus artist Maiju Saarimaa
  • circus artist Susanna Liinamaa
  • circus artist Miradonna Sirkka
  • musician and sound designer Samuli Kivelä
  • light designer & scenographer Alina Pajula
  • experience designer Inna Huttunen
  • visual artist Sofi Häkkinen
  • Production Recover Laboratory
  • Supporters Circus Next, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Kone Foundation: the Saari Residence, Cirko – Center for New Circus, Sirkus Faktori, Rohki Hya Sirkus, Circo Sapiens
  • Premiere year TBA
  • Duration 45 for the stage version. 1h 30 for the immersive version
  • Audience Adults, Youth, Children
  • Stage dimensions 10x10x5 (TBC)