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.
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
Premiere: 15th May 2015, Cirko Festival, Cirko – Center for New Circus, Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 27 minutes
Photos: Inkeri Jäntti and Jouni Ihalainen