Performing HEL showcase

Arranged for the first time in 2018, performing arts showcase Performing HEL will take place on 29th of August – 1st of September 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. Performing HEL happens at the same time with Helsinki Festival – the largest arts festival in Finland.

With 5 full-length performances, 10 demos and 12 production pitches, the event will showcase the finest work from Finland right now. Performing HEL invites both Finnish and international presenters, programmers, directors and other performing arts professionals to discover a full range of Finnish performing arts, including circus, dance and theatre, also delivered in exciting yet difficult-to-define combinations.

‘On behalf of all the organisers and partners involved in the showcase I may say that we are in the midst of a very exciting time for performing arts in Finland, making it a pleasure to showcase them to international professionals in August. Selection processes are never easy, but this time the rewarding discussions we had during the multi-stage process were truly inspiring,’ explains Project Manager Riitta Aittokallio of Dance Info Finland.

The official program of Performing HEL will start on Thursday 29.8. afternoon and end on Sunday 1.9. around 3pm. Performing HEL is happening at the same time with Helsinki Festival so the city is full of exciting art and culture experiences.

The 2019 programme selections were made by Dance Info Finland, CircusInfo Finland, Helsinki Festival, the Finnish National Theatre, the Swedish Theatre, and Espoo City Theatre.



Agit-Cirk: 2+2+2
Salla Hakanpää: Funis 
Recover Laboratory: 10000000% – Concerto for hoops and drums
Race Horse Company: O’DD

Johanna Nuutinen +Co: ANON – The Act of Waiting
Liisa Pentti +Co: The Body 
Sari Palmgren: Lame Tamer 
Dance Theatre Minimi: Life 

Espoo City Theatre: Flash, Flash
Red Nose Company: Babylon
Oblivia: Verdrängen, Verdrängen, Verdrängen
Other Spaces: Great Barrier Reef 


Circo Aereo: Lion
Sirkum Polaris: Kulovalkea

Kinetic Orchestra: I’m Liquid 
Raekallio Corp.: Recollections 
Laura Pietiläinen/Michaela-The Queen of Fucking Everything: Blondes
Tero Saarinen Company: Third Practice

Turunen Company: Medusa’s Room
Rossi Holopainen and Riikonen: Johnny Got His Gun
WAUHAUS: Sapiens – The story of a storytelling species 
Wusheng Company: Trog


Ilmatila: Atlas (Helsinki Festival programme)
Kalle Nio: The Green (Helsinki Festival programme)
Sivuhenkilöt: There’s no room for my wings (Helsinki Festival programme)

Petri Kekoni Company: Erratic block (Outdoor performance)
Susanna Leinonen Company: Nasty

Performing HEL is organised by Dance Info Finland and CircusInfo Finland in cooperation with Helsinki Festival, the Finnish National Theatre, Svenska Teatern (the main Swedish-language theatre in Helsinki), Espoo City Theatre and Theatre Info Finland TINFO. The event is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Consulate General of Finland New York, Embassies of Finland in Washington D.C, London and Roma, Finland’s institute in Stockholm, Finland’s Culture Institute in Denmark, Finnish Institute in Estonia, Finland’s institut in St.Petersburg, Institut Finlandais and The Finnish Institute in London.

For further information, please contact:
Riitta Aittokallio, project manager, | +358 (0)40 779 8115
Anni Leino, communications officer, | +358 (0)40 1823 722