Wow Hoop – Circus performance for infant families
Baby circus director Mette Ylikorva based the development of the performance on the needs of infant families. The performance has toured internationally child health centres, cultural centres, festivals and children’s events since 2008.
Audiences have expressed both gratitude and surprise
“We didn’t know what to expect when we came,but thankfully we did. Our baby followed the performance and now we can continue at home with our own circus.”
The circus has awoken curiosity and joy, which has encouraged families to attend the performance with their infants. The show begins gradually and softly. Babies who are meeting other babies for the first time can also participate.
As the audience arrives, performers get acquainted with each infant before moving to the performance space. There is no visible differentiation between the stage
and the audience; the infants’ parents are also included. Infants are gently allowed to become familiar with the stage props, which are both safe and bite-resistant. The now familiar performer introduces circus characters and acts, which captivate the attention of the infants and entertain parents.
The performance provides families with infants an easy way to introduce the liveliness and joy of circus, to everyday life. The performance ends as gently as it begins. Afterwards, the participants can freely explore the stage area and circus paraphernalia. This serves as a good transition to the workshop. During the workshop session, participants learn scarf tricks and partner acrobatics. This encourages self-assurance in handling infants, brings fun to home life and is good for the children’s overall development. The stage props have helped many families to realize their own ideas for their children’s rooms. The performance lasts for 30 minutes and the workshop lasts 15-30 minutes. Performances can include up to 14 infants per session.
Wow Hoop has been performed in Canada, USA, Sweden, France, Norway and widely in Finland since 2008. Under some of our international partners.
2017 Imagine festival, Southbank Centre, London, U.K.
2017 Jacksons Lane theatre & Canada Water Culture Space, London, U.K.
2016 EuroKids festival, Washington D.C. USA.
2015 HarbourKIDS festival, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. Canada
2015 Bærum Kulturhus, Bærum. Norway.
2013 Summer Stage festival, New York. USA
Sales and Tour manager Joonas Martikainen
HOX! We do version for toddlers also(1 to 3 years children and their parents). Please ask more.
Wow Hoop premiere 25.2.2008 / New Premiere 16.12.2014