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Race Horse Company & Circo Aereo

Petit Mal

Petit Mal, the first production by the Race Horse Company, is a collaboration with Circo Aereo. The show is a prime example of concrete circus: a combination of the tradition of village fools and performing art, where sweat and bruises embroider the skins of the performers.

The show has no story or plot, and not much sense to speak of. It does not tell a story, but certainly has its fair share of action.

Petit Mal's building blocks are black humour and collisions. The traditional form, poetry and soft movement of contemporary circus are challenged through randomness, dream-like logic and the menace of violence. Petit Mal is a part of our disintegrating culture and world.

The show toured from 2010 to 2014 and was the winner of Best Performance at the 2013 International Theatre and Street Arts Festival in Valladolid, Spain.

"Experience circus as you’ve never seen it before. Action-packed with seemingly impossible stunts, this explosive show fuses acrobatics with extreme trampolining, breakdancing and Chinese pole in a high-octane performance from the bad boys of Finnish circus, Race Horse Company.

On a stage littered with garage debris, three bold young performers take you through a riotous display of extreme physicality, on-stage anarchy and dark humour - performed to a soundtrack that includes DJ Shadow, Joy Division, Bob Dylan and original music by Tuomas Norvio. An exhilarating spectacle from start to finish, Petit Mal: Concrete Circus takes you to the edge of what circus theatre can be – a thrilling treat for ages 7 – adult.

Since 2010, Petit Mal: Concrete Circus has been performed in 16 countries worldwide garnering rave reviews and standing ovations wherever it goes. "

- Brighton Dome 2013

'This is circus completely outside the box'
- The Times ****

'A visual feast that left you open-mouthed in amazement'
- Daily Echo

'Electric wild and uncontrollable... I loved Rauli Kosonen's extraordinary trampolining... as if he'd like to bounce right out of his own life'
- The Guardian ****



Maksim Komaro

Circus Artists

Rauli Dahlberg

Kalle Lehto

Petri Tuominen

Mikko Karhu (sub. Dahlberg)


Komaro, Dahlberg, Lehto, Tuominen

Lighting design

Juho Rahijärvi


Juho Rahijärvi, Maksim Komaro

Sound design

Tuomas Norvio, Maksim Komaro

Costume design

Suvi Hänninen


10.3.2010 Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna, Finland


Circo Aereo, Race Horse Company


Cirko, Comedie de Caen, Festival Les Boréales, Les Migrateurs, Scènes de Cirque

Supported by

Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Arts Council of Finland, Finnish Circus Information Centre, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe, Juggling the Arts


Tour highlights

Brighton Dome/ Concert hall, Brighton, UK

Turun kaupunginteatteri, Turku

Vara konserthus, Vara, Sweden

Marcus Garvey Park, New York/ Summer Stage, USA

Kulturzentrum Tollhaus, Karlsruhe, Germany

Parco Culturale Le Serre, Grugliasco/ Sul Filo del Circo, Italy

Salle Aristide Briand , Saint-Chamond/ Festival des 7 Collines, France

Festival Teatro y artes de calle, Valladolid, Spain

amphithêátre d'o, Montpellier/ Printemps des comediens, France

La Grainerie, Balma, France

Baerum Kulturhus, Sandvika, Norway

Cirko  -  Uuden sirkuksen Keskus, Helsinki

Cháteau Rouge, Annemasse , France

L'Onde - Thêatre et centre d'Art , Velizy-Villacoublay, France

Scêne Nationale Saint-Nazaire, Saint-Nazaire, France

Scène Nationale 61, Alencon, France

Le Channel, Scène Nationale Calais, Calais, France



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