new magic | video art | visual theatre
2.2.2020 Kalle Nio - awarded magician of the year!
Kalle Nio was voted Magician of the Year by Finnish Magic Circles today! We congratulate warmly! In the laudation will be his increasing search for new magic, especially for
his stage play The Green (2019). Kalle Nio (* 1982) is a magician, visual artist and theater director. He works in the fields of stage magic, visual theater, circus, experimental film and visual art. The WHS theater group is one of the most active Finnish performing arts groups abroad and works in over 40 countries. Nio graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts with a master's degree in space art. Nio's latest show, The Green, will be held in 2020 touring in France, Germany and Hungary. The Green's next appearance is on March 20 at the Les Giboules Festival in Strasbourg.
At the same time, Kalle Nio was elected chairman of the Finnish Magic Circle that evening. The Finnish Magic Circle is part of the World Federation FISM.
27.8.2019 The Green
Tonight is the night: Borrowing its name from the theatre slang term for the stage, The Green promises visually strong theatre, which uses stage magic, video projection, cinematic sound and scenic compositions as its means of expression. From today on, four performances at Cirko in the programmation of Helsinki Festival. Then, in September on tour in three countries: in Germany (at.tension festival), in Slovenia and in France, at the wolrd most important festival for puppetry and object theatre at Charleville-Mezieres.
In the medieval theatre actors slang the acting area, the stage was referred to as The Green, as it was often covered in grass. Hence we have the still popular term Green Room, referring to the room closest to the stage.
The Green is a solo stage performance by Kalle Nio. Visual theatre that uses stage magic, video projections and surround sound as its means of expression.
The thematic core for The Green forms from hauntology, spirituality in the act of consuming and the unboxing videos of Youtube. The Green sees shopping and commerce as the modern day spiritual and magical ritual as the shopping mall replaces the palace of worship. The Green is a show without words. It’s a visual theatre performance that mixes elements from puppetry, video projections and visual arts and combines them with the methods coming from 19th century stage magic. The Green tries to find new ways to use magic as an expressive element, but at the same time it stretches and questions the definition of magic and asks what is magic anyway? In addition to the classic methods and secrets of theatrical magic, it sees the suggestive and magical light, scent and sonic interior design of modern shopping malls as magical.
The work of visual artist, magician and stage director Kalle Nio is a combination of magic, visual arts, cinema, art-history, circus and theatre. In his stage performances and cinematic installations, he is an inventor, performer and a researcher creating encounters between past and the present, between magic and visual arts, between the high arts and the sideshows, between craft and technology, between real and illusions.
Kelle Nio is part of the Finnish art collective WHS together with Ville Walo and Anne Jämsä. The productions of WHS have been a crucial factor behind the rise of Finnish new circus. In the press the performances have been called avant-garde also in the larger contexts of theatre and art in general. Besides of creating their own plays, WHS also produces promising work from emerging artists.
Kalle Nio & the group
Kalle Nio & Janne Masalin
9 x 9 (with a height of min 4 m)
Team on tour
3 - 4
ca 60 min
200 - 300 people
WHS / Teatteri Union
São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Lisbon PT
Samuel Huber Art Foundation
Arts Promotion Centre Finland