"Namesake" is inspired by and dedicated to two women: Lilian Leitzel, the greatest aerialist of all time and Ilona Jäntti’s great grandmother, a seamstress and an occasional gymnast.
Jäntti does not from come from a circus family, or even from a family of artists.
Through this piece she honours her own family and her personal history with circus.

The piece had its world premiere at Cirko Festival in May 2015.

Choreographer, performer, costume maker: Ilona Jäntti
Lighting designer: Kauri Klemelä

Supported by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Samuel Huberin Taidesäätiö
In collaboration with: Cirko - Center for New Circus, Jacksons Lane, Helsinki City Winter Garden

Photo: Inkeri Jäntti

Filming: Jouni Ihalainen