About

Ilmatila is a Helsinki-based contemporary circus company producing performances that combine aerial acrobatics and other circus techniques with other art forms such as animated projections, contemporary dance and live music. Many of the company’s performances also have a strong site-specific or site-responsive aspect.

Ilmatila company was founded by aerialist/choreographer Ilona Jäntti and architect/animator Tuula Jeker in 2007.

The first performance of Ilmatila, Muualla/Elsewhere, has been touring since 2009 in circus and dance festivals in Europe, USA and Panama.

Ilmatila’s repertoire consists of several short works that can be either performed separately or in various combinations as a full length mixed-bill evening.

Ilmatila is a non-profit association based in Helsinki, Finland.

In 2019 Ilmatila is supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

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Ilona Jäntti

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Ilona Jäntti

Ilona Jäntti studied circus at Circus Piloterna in Stockholm and contemporary dance at Laban Centre in London obtaining a master’s degree in choreography.

Ilona has collaborated with a diverse range of circus, dance and theatre companies and venues including Shakespeare’s Globe, Royal Opera House, The Place and Darwin Centre at National History Museum in the UK, Circo Aereo and Flow Productions in Finland, Cirkus Cirkör in Sweden, Cirkus Mlejn and Cirk La Putyka in Czech Republic and La Tribu Performance in Panama.

She has been a resident artist at V&A Museum of Childhood in 2010-2012 and at Helsinki City Winter Garden since 2013. Ilona has been awarded a three-year artist grant by Arts Promotion Centre Finland for 2012-2014 and 2016-2018.

Tuula Jeker

Tuula Jeker studied architecture at University of Oulu, Finland. She has also studied product design at Lahti Institute for Design and architecture at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee in Germany and at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia.

Since 2006, Tuula is working as an architect in Helsinki concentrating in building design and refurbishment of listed buildings such as Helsinki City Museum. In addition, she does animation and graphic design as a freelancer and has contributed for instance to a children’s play Keinulauta at Oulu Theatre. 

Collaborators

ALICE ALLART Performer, A pony is a small horse

LISA ANGBERG Performer, Silver Lining (working title)

ŠÁRKA BOČKOVÁ Performer, To Every Cloud

ELIŠKA BRTNICKÁ Performer, A pony is a small horse (Oulu Children’s Theatre Festival) and To Every Cloud

ELEONORA DALL’ASTA Performer, Arbórea

MAIJA HYNNINEN Composer, Pix Graeca

INKERI JÄNTTI Photographer

PAULIINA KAUPPILA Percussionist, Arbórea

KAURI KLEMELÄ Lighting design for Atlas, Gangewifre (Cirko Festival, Valve/Oulu), Namesake, Yablochkov Candle

KAROLIINA KOISO-KANTTILA Costume design for Huhu, Footnotes and Ride

TUOMAS NORVIO Sound design for Muualla/Elsewhere, Gangewifre (2015 version), Huhu and Footnotes

MIRKA MALMI Violinist, Pix Graeca and Ysaÿe Project

AINU PALMU Lighting design for Muualla/Elsewhere, Huhu and Footnotes

NATALIE RECKERT Performer, Ysaÿe Project

MANDA RYDMAN Performer, Porvarillinen Hämärä/Civil Twilight

LUKE STYLES Composer, Handspun

ANA MARÍA SUAREZ Performer, Arbórea

HANNAH VARTY Composer, the V&A Museum of Childhood project 2011-2012

SANNA VELLAVA Performer, Handspun (Dansens Hus and Kokkolan Talvitanssit, 2015), Vertebrata, Oulun Päivät

AKI YLI-SALOMÄKI Composer, Versoja (Helsinki City Winter Garden)