Transparent Surfaces is a contemporary circus piece that draws from strong parallels, with the performers surrendering to a state of being that wavers between madness and sensitivity, aided by sentient movement, acrobatics, scrap metal, and ratchet straps.
In this performance, which explores matter and ownership relations, ownership is intertwined as an integral element of the human way of being. As the boundaries between bodies joined together and inanimate matter grow darker, it is difficult to tell who is moving whom.
Building on experimental circus technique, this piece is influenced by butoh dance and shibari, metallic noises and trembling bodies. Dreamlike guzheng provides commentary on the piece in its entirety.
Blind Gut Company is an adventurous contemporary circus group that creates performances that invite critical and creative thought for audiences of all ages. Transparent Surfaces is the group’s sixth piece.
Director Tuomas Vuorinen is a circus artist and director who specialises in object manipulation. Through his work, he want to develop circus towards becoming a form of performing art that conveys a diverse human image, is expressive, and comments on its own time.
In the piece, Tuomas is joined on stage by circus artists Aino Savolainen and Jere Virta, as well as musician Barbora Silhanova.
- Direction: Tuomas Vuorinen
- On Stage: Aino Savolainen, Jere Virta, Tuomas Vuorinen
- Music: Barbora Silhanova
- Light Design: Kauri Klemelä
- Sound Design: Petteri Rajanti
- Production: Blind Gut Company
- Supporters: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Kone Foundation, The Finnish Cultural Foundation
- Premiere year: 2021
- Duration: 60 min
- Audience: Adults, Youth
- Stage dimensions: 9m x 7m x 4,5m