Thom Monckton & Circo Aereo
Created by Thom Monckton and Circo Aereo, The Artist is a physical comedy based in a painter’s atelier. Trying to fabricate inspiration, the Artist blunders unceremoniously into numerous sidetracks and bonkers scenarios which expose the creative process as being simultaneously more and less than you might expect!
The Artist is a show about the rough graft of an artist, combining hilarious clowning and physical theatre.
The Artist: Thom Monckton
Direction: Sanna Silvennoinen
Lighting design: Juho Rahijärvi
Sound design: Tuomas Norvio & Atte Kantonen
Costume design: Kati Mantere
Consultant: Eveliina Hämäläinen
Production: Circo Aereo, Ateneum Hall & Helsinki Festival
Thom Monckton is a performer, director, and teacher of physical performance originally from a tiny town in the north island of New Zealand, now based in Helsinki. His most common pastime is looking for the thing he put down while looking for the thing he put down. Thom has performed in approximately 28 different countries, and you would think that would contribute to some ability with languages. Apparently it doesn’t.
Founded in 1996, Circo Aereo has created more than 30 contemporary circus performances and toured in over 40 countries. The company is based in Finland and France and collaborates frequently with musicians, dancers, visual artists and other circus companies. Sanna Silvennoinen is one of the three artistic leaders of the company, together with Maksim Komaro and Jani Nuutinen.
Running time: 60 minutes
Age recommendation: 5+