Silence-London is a new performing arts event organised for the first time on August 8th 2018, in east London. It is an imaginative mix of the top contemporary circus and dance, classical music and new unexpected combinations and collaborations between highly regarded international artists. With its roots in Lapland, this unique event offers an accessible oasis for arts and encounters of all forms, located in the most active urban environment - Silence-London!

Silence-London is a sibling of the annual Silence Festival organised in the Kaukonen village in Kittilä, Finnish Lapland, since 2010. Silence Festival was awarded with the Finnish States Arts Prize 2017 and it is a performing arts festival and an interdisciplinary platform for creation, collaboration and commission. More info about the festival in Lapland:

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- August 8th, 2018

- Hoxton Arches, Arch 402 Cremer St. E2 8HD
- St. Mary's Secret Garden, 
50 Pearson Street E2 8EL

- Internationally acclaimed circus, dance and music interlinked with local discussions and encounters.


HA= Hoxton Arches
SG= Secret Garden

11:00 Opening words (HA)
12:00 PERFORMANCE sound: Till Bovermann (HA)
13:30 WORKSHOP: Introduction to the St. Mary’s Secret Garden (SG)
14:30 PERFORMANCE circus: Väkevä & Lyydia (SG)
16:30 DISCUSSION: ‘Notes around silence: music for slow listening’ Tom Hall (HA)
18:00 PERFORMANCE circus: Väkevä & Lyydia SG
20:00 PERFORMANCE music: Charlotte Maclet, violin & Fiachra Garvey, piano
20:30 PERFORMANCE dance: The Space Inbetween with live music composed by Toivo Kuula and Einojuhani Rautavaara (HA)
21:00 Closing words (HA)
21:15 ‘Cheap talk’ and drinks (HA)

+ All day program: VIRTUAL CIRCUS: Nuanc3d, world's first volumetrically recorded circus performance (HA)

More info:
Sakari Männistö





Together with the audience, we are going to computationally deconstruct sonic silences and their various counterparts in and around Hoxton Arches.

This sonic exploration is part of the “Rotting Sounds” PEEK project, funded by PEEK of the Austrian Science Fund

Till Bovermann is an artist and scientist, working with the sensation of sound and interaction, while addressing relationships between elements such as urban/rural, digital/physical and algorithmic/behavioral. Till develops software in and for SuperCollider. While also freelancing, he is currently employed as an artist researcher at the University of Applied Arts Vienna within the FWF-funded project "Rotting Sounds".

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Circus up close: experience the power of the strongman and the beauty of the aerial artist in this London premiere from Finland. Audiences are invited to enter a little dome tent to get a very special glimpse into the worlds of these circus disciplines.

“This is inspiring, stirring and brave physical theatre at its best.”

Source, Ben Miller, review from Brighton Fringe 2018

Agit-Cirk is one of the leading contemporary circus companies in Finland. During its almost 15 year existence, it has produced several performances, tours and started for example the Silence Festival in Lapland 2010. Agit-Cirk is best known for its multidisciplinary collaborations with artists and companies, for example “JONG” was made together with the composer Lotta Wennäkoski and the Lapland Chamber orchestra, later performed with Avanti! -orchestra, “Nuanc3d” virtual circus performance was created together with the software company Delicode OY, “Saivo”, which was a cooperation with Kiasma -theatre and Cirko - Center for new circus in Finland.



TOM HALL ‘Notes around silence: music for slow listening’ (AU)

A talk and presentation on music and quietness which aims to align a form of listening with ideas from the slow movements. With examples from music and other art forms.

Tom Hall’s music combines composed, algorithmic and improvisatory elements often using multichannel sound or individually experienced mobile sound. Recent collaborative performances and installations have shared forms of digital notation with audiences and involve notions of flow and slowness. His writings on music and areas of research include early tape, electronic and UK computer music. Tom is currently Programme Director for the Creative Music Technology BMus at the University of Surrey.




Charlotte Maclet began studying the violin and piano at age 3. Initial studies at the Conservatoire in Paris were followed by further studies in Chicago, Geneva and Rotterdam with Gordan Nikolic, Goran Gribajevic, Gábor Takács-Nagy and György Kurtág. She is the founder and leader of Camerata Alma Viva, a string ensemble of 16 players from 9 nationalities based in London, who are regularly broadcast on BBC and on the French national radio station France Musique and appeared at St John’s Smith Square, Conway Hall and Kings Place in 2016.

Pianist Fiachra Garvey graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2013 with 1st class honours and distinction in the MA in Music Performance. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the West Wicklow Festival.



First performed as part of the Silence Festival in 2016 (omit to live acc), The Space Inbetween has since toured the UK as part of Ballet Virtuoso. Dancers Emma Lister and Oliver Speers enact themes of attachment and fantasy, as choreographers Alex Newton and Anthony Kurt-Gabel explore the questions: ‘How much is my mind willing someone to be everything I desire? If we explore this space between us containing all these thoughts, images and projections what will we actually engage with?’

The Space Inbetween is set to the music of Finnish composers Toivo Kuula and Einojuhani Rautavaara and will be played live by Charlotte Maclet and Fiachra Garvey.

Alex Newton has worked with Opera North, Glynbourne Opera, Will Tuckett, Kim Brandstrup and Blind Summit Puppet Theatre. Her choreography has been performed at The Place’s RESOLUTION! and Stadtheater Regensburg. She created The Space Inbetween with the help of her long-time collaborator Anthony Kurt-Gabel. Emma Lister was trained at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. Upon moving to the UK she worked as a freelance dancer with companies such as English Youth Ballet, English National Ballet and The National Ballet of Ireland. Oli Speers graduated from the prestigious Royal Ballet School and spent much of his professional career dancing in France and Spain at Ballet du Capitole (Toulouse) and Victor Ullate Ballet (Madrid).