An artist arrives in his studio, ready to prepare a new work of art. He waits for inspiration to strike him. When it eventually does, things don’t proceed quite as the distinguished artist would wish. For him, the everyday is filled with challenges until an eventual chaos is unavoidable, leading towards a color splash ending.
The Artist follows the success of Circo Aereo’s and Thom Monckton’s previous collaboration, The Pianist, which has proven a smash hit with critics and audiences around the world. Since 2013, it has been performed nearly 300 times in Scandinavia, Canada, New Zealand, France, UK, Netherlands, Australia, Russia, USA… The Pianist was nominated for a Best Performance prize at Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2014.
Like The Pianist, The Artist is co-designed by Sanna Silvennoinen, circus artist, choreographer and director of Circo Aereo, and Thom Monckton, New Zealand-born, internationally acclaimed circus artist. Duration approx. 1 h. Recommended age 5 years and older.
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Performances at the Ateneum Hall as a part of the Helsinki Festival:
Thu 31 Aug at 18:00 (premiere) Sold out
Fri 1 Sept at 18:00 Sold out
Sat 2 Sept at 15:00 Sold out
Sun 3 Sept t 15:00 Sold out
Tickets including service fees from €22,50–28, ticketmaster.fi
Additional performances at the Ateneum Hall:
Tue 5 Sept at 18:00
Wed 6 Sept at 18:00
Sun 10 Sept at 15:00
Tue 12 Sept at 18:00
Wed 13 Sept at 18:00
Sat 16 Sept at 15:00 Sold out
Tickets including service fees from €22,50–28, holvi.com
The Artist: Thom Monckton
Direction: Sanna Silvennoinen
Design: Thom Monckton & Sanna Silvennoinen
Lighting Design: Juho Rahijärvi
Sound Design: Tuomas Norvio
Costume Design: Kati Mantere
Consultant: Eveliina Hämäläinen
Production: Circo Aereo, The Ateneum Hall, The Helsinki Festival
“Monckton’s skill is amazing, and his acrobatics with the chandelier are breathtaking.”
“In addition to the delicate play of facial expressions, Monckton’s performance extends to physical comedy that sometimes turns to pure acrobatics.”
“Thomas Monckton is a performer to behold. His show is a feast I would love to devour again and again.”
Theatreview New Zealand