Hippopotamus

The second creation of the young Baltic company Circus SaboK continues the research on choreographic hand to hand acrobatics combined with dynamic aerial rope. After graduating from Stockholm's University of circus and dance in 2018, Saana Leppänen and Kert Ridaste have committed to building the field of Baltic contemporary circus. Their creations, though accessible for all audiences, are not afraid to address more vulnerable subjects affecting the humans of today.


On stage, two characters take us through an emotional journey filled with acrobatics as they take action to leave their baggage behind. 

Good might keep on getting better, but how to coexist with the worst versions of ourselves wanting to join the party? 

Hippopotamus is a contemporary circus show about self-empowerment and acceptance combined with beautiful silhouette of light creating a play of shadows. Uplifting powerful techno music pulls the viewer into a world of intensity. 

Some things are as hard to hide like a hippopotamus in a room.

Circus disciplines: partner acrobatics, aerial rope, cyr wheel, dance acrobatics, hair hanging and slack rope 

Performance length: 55 minutes 

Target audience: 5+ 


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

Music composer: Thibaud Rancoeur

Dramaturge: Sade Kamppila (FI), Julien Auger (FR)

Residency support: Riga Circus (LV), Tanssiteatteri Hurjaruuth (FI), Koidu Seltsimaja (EE), Circus I love you (SE), UP - circus & performaning arts (BE), Näyttämö (FI)

Sponsors: Taiteen Edistämiskeskus, Kultuurkapital, Sirkus Aikamoinen

Co-producer: Sirkus Aikamoinen


Demo shows:

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

Helium (New Circus Weekend) 12/09/2021 13 o'clock 

Cirkuliacija Festival 08/06/2022


contact: circus.sabok@gmail.com

background photo by Inese Kalnina

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