‘Split ends’ (working title) is a new duo contemporary circus show with two original members of Sisus, Inka Pehkonen and Sofia Defour. The show is imposed by its variety of high-level circus skills including various different aerial disciplines for example Washington trapeze, loop, Chinese Pole and also partner acrobatics, skipping rope, hand standing and contortion without forgetting comedy. The show can be performed indoors, in a theatre, in a circus tent or outdoors (in an adapted version).
‘Split ends’ is a provocative and humoristic, dominant and powerful statement against the stereotypical portrayals of women today. Moreover it is telling two simultaneous stories of two female caricatures who have found their freedom to be ugly, vulnerable, provoking, self-ironic and fiery. The stage becomes a playground for the two to meet, to talk, to listen and to learn from each other. The empowered and authentic stories and experiences of these two women create a liberating and genuine image of accepting one’s weaknesses as a human being, a woman and an artist in todays society and finding the strength within.
Currently we are looking for residencies in september, october 2021 and april and may 2022. Furthermore we also are looking for a sound designer, coproducers, costume designer and bookings for and after the premiere.
Performers and authors: Sofia Defour, Inka Pehkonen
Outside Eye: Angela Wand
Support: The Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Cirkus Cirkör, Linnanmäki Youth Circus, Helsinki City
Lightning Design: Reko Lahtinen
Producer: Farina Berndt
Production Company: Sisus
Co-Producer: Composé Festival
Duration: 50 minutes
Performed: Indoors in a theatre / in a circus tent, outdoors (modified version)
Premiere: Summer 2022
Creation starts: Summer 2020
Past residencies: July 2020 (Finland), August 2020 (Finland), September 2020 (Compose Festival, Germany), October 2020 (Cirkus Cirkör, Sweden)