One Hundred Million Percent

Oskar Öflund Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Cirko – Center for New Circus, City of Helsinki

2022 Stoa, Helsinki

Concept and script: Sofi Häkkinen, Miradonna Sirkka, Aleksi Kinnunen
Performers: Miradonna Sirkka, Aleksi Kinnunen, Sofi Häkkinen
Visual Artist: Sofi Häkkinen
Sound Design: Aleksi Kinnunen
Lights: Alina Pajula
Costume Design: Hanna Herva
Dramaturgical support: Jarkko Lehmus / Cirko, Emma Kunnas
Production: Recover Laboratory / Inna Huttunen, Karmen Hellenurm

In One Hundred Million Percent a musician and a contemporary circus artist compete for the audience’s attention. The visual artist who is judging the competition picks up impulses both from the performers and the spectators to incite the competition. Plastic tubes and drums serve as competition equipment.

The show is an absurd description of how life feels right now. It questions the performance-oriented lifestyle saturated with social media and reality TV, and brings to light the individual-focused characteristics of this era. The piece is inspired by exposure, capitalism, likes and algorithms. Amongst the chaos and the moments of rest and rage, we will notice awkwardness, reality, beauty, speed, boring stuff and terrible situations.

One Hundred Million Percent is an independent sequel for the site-specific piece Night Walk, performed in summer 2021 at Cirko, Helsinki. Night Walk was a hypnotic work about giving attention on a summer night and also a fascinating contrast to the One Hundred Million Percent stage show.

“You could almost guarantee that anyone can be entertained at this show. Musician Aleksi Kinnunen and circus artist Miradonna Sirkka are renovating the blackbox stage in Stoa while competing for attention, as is customary in today’s information industry regardless of the situation.”

“The most delightful thing in the entirety, however, are the balanced extremes of the perfect peace and the absolutely chaotic overexpression.”

“Insane! Made me laugh, giggle, and excited, woke me up and left me breathless.”

“The show was damn funny and entertaining! I could have watched the competition forever. It was also so touching and beautiful.”

“Whaaaattt! Wonderful artists, wonderful circus, wonderful music, and incredible actors, too!”

The audience, Stoa, 2022