Manel Sala Ulls

10.2.-18.2.2023

Red Pearl Clown Festival 2023

This feministically tuned festival combines international and domestic top-class clowns in unique atmosphere. First “Red Pearl Woman Clown Festival” was organized in February 2012.

This year’s festival will take place Feb 10th–18th 2023. Performances on the Hurjaruuth stage (Cable Factory A staircase, 2nd floor; Tallberginkatu 1 A, Helsinki) and in the Turbine hall at the Cable Factory (Kaapeliaukio 3, Helsinki).

Serial ticket: Buy an adult ticket for 3-6 different performances and get a 20% discount!

Festival-Bar is located next to the Hurjaruuth Stage. Restaurant (t)raba is located in the Glass courtyard next to the Turbine Hall.

Audience discussions with performers are organized during the festival in Hurjaruuth’s Festival-Bar. Discussions are lead by dance artist Anni Kaila. Free entry, welcome!

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Date

10.2.-18.2.2023

Tickets

26 / 16 €. Serial ticket: Buy an adult ticket for 3-6 different performances and get a 20% discount!

Venue

Cable Factory: Hurjaruuth Stage and Turbine Hall

Suggested age

For adults and young people, one family performance

Next performances

Festival-Bar

Festival-Bar is located next to the Hurjaruuth Stage (Cable Factory A staircase, 2nd floor foyer). Please note that we only accept card payments.

Opening hours of the Festival-Bar:

Fri 10.2. at 18–19
Sat 11.2. at 18–19
Tue 14.2. at 18–21
Wed 15.2. at 18–19
Thu 16.2. at 18–19
Fri 17.2. at 17–20
Sat 18.2. at 19-

Restaurant (t)raba is located in the Glass courtyard next to the Turbine Hall.

Audience discussions

 

Audience discussions in the Hurjaruuth foyer/Festival-Bar (Cable Factory A staircase, 2nd floor) will be lead by dance artist Anni Kaila. Schedule:

  • Peta Lily Sat 11.2. at 18.15 (in English)
  • Pepa Plana Tue 14.2. at 20.30 (in French, will be translated into English or Finnish)

Free entry, welcome!

Feminist Clown Festival since 2012

Most clowns have traditionally been male, but this festival serves as a reminder that first-class clowns of other genders can be found in the Nordic countries and all over the world.

First time in February 2012 organized “Red Pearl Woman Clown Festival” brought world-renowned clowns to Finland and Sweden. Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth, Helsinki, Espoo City Theatre and Regina Theatre from Uppsala jointly produced the festival, which presented acts from Brazil, England, Austria, Sweden and Finland.

Over the years many top-class clowns have been performing in Red Pearl, among them e.g. Pepa PlanaNola RaeDeanna FleysherTanja SimmaStacey SacksMarta CarbayoAngela de CastroGardi HutterColette Gomette

Women clown festivals are organized worldwide, e.g. in Brazil, Spain and Austria.

In 2021 Dance Theatre Hurjaruuth changes the name of the festival to Red Pearl Clown Festival. Not because gender equality would have been reached globally, but in order to better take the diversity of genders into account. The festival will continue focusing on women and clowns from diverse genders.

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Program 2023

14.2.-15.2.2023

Pepa Plana (Catalonia): Penèlope

The female clown Penelope becomes a true heroine as she waits for her husband Ulysses to return home. In English but there’s not a lot of speech.

Suggested age: For adults and young people (10+)

Venue: Hurjaruuth Stage, Cable Factory

Next performances

February 2023