Maiju Saarimaa, Miradonna Sirkka & Susanna Liinamaa
<3 (Smaller than three)
THE PROJECT / <3 (Smaller than three) is a contemporary circus, visual, and sound art performance. It is a celebration of the joy of absurdity and the mundane, outrageous liberation – and the power of connection.
Through unconventional hoop and plastic tube manipulation, three performers bring to life a world of tubes, spirals, and sculpture-like piles that fill the space. <3 symbolizes the deconstruction and re-shaping of a circle, allowing us to vibrate out of a ready-made shape.
On stage, the performers are being themselves: relatable, awkward, fun, kitsch, emotional, and strong. The soundscape is created together with the audience through an interactive installation before entering the performance space. Gentle interaction takes down the fourth wall.
Beyond the stage performance, <3 is also available as an immersive version that takes the audience on a personal journey that expands out of the black box and takes over a whole building.
<3 (Smaller than three) is produced 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 designer Alina Pajula, visual artist Sofi Häkkinen, puppeteer Anna Nekrasova and costume designer Hanna Herva.