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Kalle Nio / WHS
LÄHTÖ (Departure)

The Platform Theatre
Central Saint Martins

UK Premiere
Wed 10 - Sat 13 Jan
Wed - Fri 7.30pm, Sat 5pm

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60 mins / no interval
Age Guidance: 12+
£18 / £16
no booking fees

After-show discussion:
Thur 11 Jan

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A man and woman are drifting apart. Their relationship is complicated. What remain are memories, images and illusions they cannot control. What is mirage and what is real?

Combining cinematic video projections with 19th century stage-magic techniques, Kalle Nio creates mystery, unease and dark humour in this award-winning show.

Original and intriguing, new circus meets the world of visual art to explore estrangement and conflict; its teasing ambiguity reminiscent of Michelangelo Antonioni's 1960s cult movie L'Eclisse in his famous 'trilogy on modernity and its discontents'. The twisted, dreamlike soundscape is the work of composer, Samuli Kosminen, well known for his collaborations with Kronos Quartet.

Co-founded by Finnish magician/visual artist, Kalle Nio, WHS productions have toured worldwide and been important factors in the recent rise to prominence of Finnish new circus.

Interview with Kalle Nio >

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"The conjuring tricks are big and spectacular, done par excellence. Lähtö rushes over the viewer like a tidal wave”


"Kalle Nio – magician, artist and director – has created a piece of contemporary magic that makes one gape and open eyes wide”


"Lähtö mixes dance, theatre, circus, film and magic into compellingly beautiful imagery that lingers to haunt the mind for a long time”

Turun Sanomat

Kalle Nio / WHS


Presented in partnership with Jacksons Lane

Direction: Kalle Nio
Choreography: Vera Selene Tegelman & Kalle Nio
Performers: Kalle Nio, Vera Selene Tegelman
Costumes: Mila Moisio, Kaisa Rissanen
Music and sound design: Samuli Kosminen
Lighting: Jere Mönkkönen
Videos: Matias Boettge, Kalle Nio
Production: Kalle Nio / WHS
Supported by:
Les Migrateurs / associés pour les Arts du Cirque,
Kone Foundation,
Finnish Cultural Foundation,
Arts Promotion Centre Finland,
Alfred Kordelin Foundation

This visit to London is supported by The Finnish Institute in London and TelePART