Recover Laboratory

Maiju Saarimaa, Miradonna Sirkka & Susanna Liinamaa

<3 (Smaller than three)


Shortlisted 2023


THE PROJECT / <3 (Smaller than three) is a sparkly and effervescent contemporary circus
performance based on joy, play and being free. A magical island is shared by humans and lump-like Möntti creatures – the arrogant, the spiral, the oval one, and many more. The performers manipulate hoops, plastic spirals, and piles of hollow tubes and invite you on a personal journey to an absurd and immersive wonderland.
You can just look or play with sea world jellyfishes and soap bubbles – or even jump into a jacuzzi if you get lucky! There is both a black box and a site-specific, more immersive version of <3 (Smaller than three).


BIO / Hoop artists Susanna Liinamaa, Maiju Saarimaa, and Miradonna Sirkka want to create a caring space where you can feel free and try the limits of norms. They don’t settle for narrow expectations for female hoop artists’ bodies or movements.
<3 (Smaller than three) is a co-production with Recover Laboratory, a pioneer in immersive and interactive performances that draw from human contact. The multi-artistic team is completed with musician Samuli Kivelä, experience designer Inna Huttunen, light and space designer Alina Pajula, puppeteer Anna Nekrasova, visual artist Sofi Häkkinen and costume designer Hanna Herva.