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Cirko Festival

Pirjo Yli-Maunula: Pessi ja Illusia

© Pekka Mäkinen

Pessi and Illusia, the beloved fairytale by Yrjö Kokko (first published in 1944), has seen a powerful reinterpretation in the hands of artist professor Pirjo Yli-Maunula and her team. The artists decided to start from a clean slate and build the world of Pessi and Illusia from scratch. Familiar characters have gained new dimensions through movement, expression and visualization. The stage production creates a beautiful, rough-hewn and visually inventive world which expands Kokko’s well-known story and characters into a multi-layered experience for the viewer. This is what Pessi and Illusia looks like in our day and age.

Meet the artists after the performance on  Mon 15th May.


  • Director, choreographer, producer: Pirjo Yli-Maunula
  • Choreography in co-operation with performers: Sanna Vellava, Katja Kortström (circus artists), Milla Virtanen, Teemu Tuohimaa, Katri Lausjärvi (dancers)
  • Musicians: Kyösti Salmijärvi, Markus Lampela
  • Light design: Jukka Huitila
  • Sound design: Aake Otsala
  • Costumes and set design: Pirjo Valinen
  • Assistant: Heidi Kesti
  • Assistant director: Milla Virtanen
  • Along in the ideation: Ilona Jäntti
  • In co-operation with: JoJo – Oulu Dance Centre, Cultural Centre Valve
  • Supporters: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Wihuri Foundation, Oulun Valistustalorahasto

Performance details

  • Time
    Mon 15.5.2017 18:00
    Tue 16.5.2017 10:00
    Tue 16.5.2017 18:00
  • Running time
    60 min
  • Suitable for ages
    7+
  • Venue
    Cirko
  • Read more
    http://www.flowprod.fi
Tickets starting from

11,00 € / 17,50 €

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