||Kalle Nio / WHS
|Produced / co-produced by:
||Kalle Nio / WHS & Helsinki Festival & La Brèche, France & Trident – Cherbourg-Octeville, France & Festival novog cirkusa – Zagreb, Croatia & Kumu Art Museum, Estonia & Cirko – Center for New Circus, Finland & Teatro São Luiz, Portugal
The oldest documented magic trick is by the ancient magician who could cut a head of an animal and put it back together. At the same time history tells us that it is within our capacity to commit, to accept, to watch and even to enjoy the spectacle of real beheading.
In the Cutting Edge, we look into this most horrific act and ask ourselves. Where does the identity of person come from? What is the symbolical meaning of cutting head? Does it matter how I die? Is it me who’s going to die? Why me?
Cutting Edge is visual theatre that creates and destroys illusions. The style of the show is balancing between dark humour and minimalistic tragedy. By mixing references of art history with classical magic tricks the show makes a unique combination of physical theatre, magic and visual arts.
Kalle Nio (1982) is a visual artist and a magician. In his visual theatre works he combines historical techniques of stage magic with cutting edge video projections. With his group WHS he has performed in theatres in more than 30 different countries. His visual arts exhibitions have been shown in museums and galleries in Finland and abroad. He has been awarded nationally and internationally from his work in magic, visual arts and projection design.
Previous shows abroad: São Luiz, Teatro Municipal, Lisbon, Portugal + Kumu art museum, Tallinn, Estonia + Festival Novog Cirkusa, Zagreb, Croatia + Théâtre de la Cité internationale, New Settings #6, Paris, France.
|Running time at full length
|Stage required (height/width/depth)
||7m + 14m + 11 m
|No. of people on tour
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||English. Can be easily translated.
||Subtitles are part of the set design. Subtitles/surtitles: French, German, Portuguese English (or other language)
|Availability for workshop and educational work
||Kalle Nio, dramaturge: Henriikka Himma
||Inês Campos, Vera Selene Tegelman & Jukka Tarvainen
||Jere Mönkkönen & Joonas Tikkanen
||Samuli Kosminen & Kalle Nio
||Kalle Nio & Taneli Rautiainen
||Kaisa Rissanen & Mila Moisio
||Music: Samuli Kosminen & Inês Campos
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