In the spirit of Silence festival the Silence residency is circus and music based but multidisciplinary without limits. The residences run during and outside the festival. The residency offers a meeting place for artists and locals alike and enlivens the village and its vicinity.

For artist the residency offers a peaceful and silent environment to focus on a specific project, get inspired by the nightless night, autumn foliage, polar night or the mosquito stings. Residency artists can be either in the beginning of their careers or artists that have longer experience. There are no restrictions in the fields or interests but we encourage multidisciplinary work, encounters between artists and utilizing the surrounding Kaukonen village.

The Silence residency is run by experienced artists and producers from the fields of contemporary circus, theatre and music. They are interrelated by long careers and wide artist networks together with long-lasting interest to investigate and reach beyond the borderlines of their own fields.

Applying for Silence residency:

Residency artists are chosen based on applications by a board within the Taiteilijayhdistys Hiljaisuus ry society which also runs the Silence festival. Residency applications can be sent throughout the year to:


Festival residency

Festival residencies are 1 to 4 week long working periods in May-June that result a demo at Silence festival in June. If the residency continues the following year, the premiere will be pre-ordered for Silence festival. Festival residencies are for artists and working groups own projects.

Kaukonen residencies

Residencies are from 2 to 3 week long periods in 2017 and from 2018 onwards 4-6 week long working periods. The chosen artists and working groups have a possibility to deepen their work on the project and the residency ends with a demo showing. During the working period it is possible to explore the village and surroundings and to meet the locals. A workshop, open rehearsals or other public event relating to the project is expected in addition to the demo showing. Pricing of the residency is project based.

There are available times for residencies in August and September 2017.
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Residency artists 2017


Mira Ravald & Luis Sartori do Vale: Portmanteu

Mira Ravald works in the borderline of dance and circus emphasising musicality and the flow of movement. Mira graduated as a circus artist, trapeze as major, from Salpaus Further Education Regional Consortium in 2009. Dance has become her other profession and she has studied it in Finnish dance schools as well as n courses in Europe, Cuba, Brazil and USA.

Luis Sartori do Vale studies the dialog between different artforms and new poetic aesthetics in performing arts. Luis is a trained visual artist has graduated from École Supérieure des Arts du Cirque (ESAC, Belgium) as circus artist. In addition to his international circus career he also works with illustration, photography and animation.

Portmanteu is part of the festival opening event. Read more.


Lauri Sallinen, Mikko Hyvönen, Teo Lanerva, Libero Mureddu: Solitude

Sibelius Academy and Manhattan School of Music graduate Lauri Sallinen works as a clarinetist in different festivals and performs actively new music with i.e. Uusinta Ensemble (Helsinki), Ensemble Temporum (Oslo) and MikroEnsemble. At the moment he is most passionate about the performance side of music.

Mikko Hyvönen is a Finnish performance / dance artist based in Brussels. Since graduating from P.A.R.T.S. school for contemporary dance (Brussels) in 2010 he has worked around Europe as choreographer and dancer.  Lately he has been performing in works of Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Tale Dolven and Gabel Eiben.

Teo Lanerva is  a lighting designer (BA, Theatrical Arts) based in Helsinki, Finland. In addition to his diverse projects he is finishing his master studies in the Department of Lighting and Sound Design of the University of the Arts Helsinki.
Libero Mureddu is Italian composer music technologist based in Finland. He studied composing and piano at the G. Verdi conservatorium in Milan and music technology in Sibelius Academy. As a composer he is interested in improvisation and algorithmic music and their combination. (Mikko Hyvönen)


William Thomas: S(OLO)S

William Thomas is a French circus artist specialised in floor-acrobatics. Since graduating from ENACR (l’École Nationale des Arts du Cirque de Rosny-sous-Bois) and CNAC (Centre national des arts du cirque de Chalons en Champagne) in 2008 circus artist William Thomas has collaborated with various French and European Companies on multi-disciplinary projects involving dance and circus. William’s work is often influenced by his previous studies in visual art. His acrobatics combine elements from a variety of influences: everything from martial arts, stunts, ballet and contemporary dance to climbing, hiking and wood carving. He has co-written and created several shows for French based Collective CIE BAM.