A hippopotamus is a 12-letter word that describes a very large, four-toed, chiefly aquatic, herbivorous artiodactyl mammal having a very large head and mouth, nearly hairless thick grayish skin, long lower canine teeth, and relatively short legs.

Hippos are laud, aggressive and hungry beasts that are considered dangerous. 

This project will have a hippo in a tutu walking across the slack rope while colorful petals fall from above. Accompanied by the sound of rice hitting the tin eaves of the roof. Hippos legs are shaking while walking onward with a blurred vision. The hippo has only one goal and that is to keep moving forward. All of a sudden the line brakes and the hippo is plummeting downwards towards the floor. Got stuck in an endless freefall, the only thing to grab onto is the closed one who tries their best to help.

Artist & director: Saana Leppänen (FI), Kert Ridaste (EE)

Sponsors: Taiteen Edistämiskeskus, Sirkus Aikamoinen, Kultuurkapital

Co-producer: Sirkus Aikamoinen

Residency support: Riga Circus (LV), Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth (FI), Koidu Seltsimaja (EE)

Circus SaboK is currently in the creation of Hippopotamus.

Demo shows:

Re Riga festival 23/08/2021 18 o'clock 

New Circus Weekend 12/09/2021 13 o'clock


contact: circus.sabok@gmail.com

background photo by Inkeri Jäntti