Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: Helga – Life of Diva Extraordinaire

Edinburgh Festival Spotlight: Helga – Life of Diva Extraordinaire

To find out more about Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and the spotlights, please see the introductory article.

Next up in our Spotlight feature is Helga – Life of Diva Extraordinaire, which plays Edinburgh Festival from 3 – 28 August 2017. I caught up with director Jenni Kallo:

Is this your first Edinburgh Fringe performance experience?

Yes and No! I’m pretty excited….getting closer day by day. The company has performed in Edinburgh Fringe last year with another show, but for me this is first time. Very much  waiting for all this! Company brought last year Only Bones v1.0 by Thom Monckton.

Who else are you most looking forward to seeing while at the Fringe?

How do you feel to be performing at C venues?

C venues is a huge complex running 119 shows – I really hope audience finds us!!

Who or what are your inspirations?

The aspiration to make people laugh. In clowning what inspires me is that the clown shows how we as humans are so humanly imperfect, clumsy and make mistakes while we strive to be perfect. Observing life and people behaving in everyday situations is very inspiring!

What is your secret to surviving the intense, fast pace of the fringe?

As this is first time, hard to say, but definitely taking all out from this opportunity.

What are the future plans for your show?

The dream is to tour around and introduce Helga and her story to a wide audience. Helga is an eccentric personage and yet someone everybody can relate to. The performance deals with deeply human themes and experiences of ageing, loneliness and femininity through the clown’s mirror: experiencing the ups and downs of Helga‘s life can just as well elicit laughter or tears. Her attitude towards life is pretty brave and even though it’s not always funny it has its bright side.

Is there anything else you want to highlight about your show/ theatre company/ production?

Helga tells the story of her life extraordinaire and totally mundane without any words. The challenge of telling a whole life story without any words is demanding. Mixing physical theatre, circus and rednoseless contemporary clowning is brilliantly achieved in this show.

Kallo Collective executes in their shows unique combination and mix of contemporary circus, physical theatre and clowning, and has been able to lengthen it’s limbs to various kinds of festivals and venues all over the globe. Company has been very productive this year premiering three new shows (Helga, Chameleon, KWALK). And in addition to this last year’s success show Only Bones v1.0 will get continuation with a version Only Bones v1.1 in the end of the year. 


Director: Jenni Kallo

Producer: Kally Collective

Cast: Henni Kervinen

Image courtesy of Anssi Jokiranta

Helga – Life of Diva Extraordinaire plays C Venues as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 from 3 – 28 August 2017. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.