Founders, Kert Ridaste and Saana Leppänen
Kert Ridaste and Saana Leppänen are a new generation of circus artists who graduated from Stockholm Circus University DOCH in 2018. The journey of both acrobats is more than two decades long. Kert has competed in acrobatic gymnastics with partner acrobatics while practicing circus. Kert Ridaste is the first bachelor circus-educated artist in Estonia. Saana Leppänen comes from a Finnish youth circus. She discovered vertical rope as her main discipline at the age of 10. In the year 2018, Saana started to work pair acrobatics with Kert Ridaste, and Circus SaboK was born.
Kert Ridaste and Saana Leppänen have performed around the world. In 2019 they performed in the world's biggest contemporary circus festival Circa in Auch, France. They have worked with numerous companies, such as Cirkus Cirkör, Circo Aereo, Tanssiteatteri Minimi, Cirkus Nikolajeff, Circus I love you, and others. Only in 2019 Circus I love you was seen by 25 000 people around Europe.
2020 autumn, Saana Leppänen and Kert Ridaste premiered their
debut show Don't Leave Me Hanging, which was
successfully performed eleven times in Finland
and Estonia. In the year 2022, Circus Sabok premiered their second creation Hippopotamus, which toured in Estonia reaching almost 800 people. The show Hippopotamus was part
of a Finnish art educational program where they
performed over twenty shows for over 4000 students in Sorin Sirkus.
Circus Sabok's projects Don't Leave Me Hanging and Hippopotamus has been pre-selected for Circus Next. Circusnext is a European circus label: the creators selected by a European jury stand out for their singularity and creativity. Their art works question us, jostle us, enchant us, move us.