a SPYMONKEY collaboration
Petri Bäckström, Jouni Bäckström & Jukka Nykänen
first performed at Kapsäkki Music Theatre, Helsinki, 20 Sept 2014
Managing artistic director, producer, musical director & performer with the UK-based clown theatre company Spymonkey since 1998. Studied Drama at Hull University. Trained at Fool Time Circus School, Bristol, and with Philippe Gaulier and Monika Pagneaux in Paris. From 1994-97 he was co-musical director and actor with Karl’s Kuhne Gassenchau in Zurich, creating with them S.T.E.I.N.B.R.U.C.H (1994, 1997), R.U.P.T.U.R.E (1995) and Grand Paradis (1997). Performer in Improbable Theatre’s Lifegame (1998) with an off-Broadway run in 2000, and Animo (1999).
Musical director and composer for a number of theatre, dance, circus and site-specific companies including Guy Dartnell, UK/Swedish acro-dance-theatre Mimbre; site-specific pieces with Graeme Gilmour at Kielder Water Northumberland (2006) and Forth & Clyde Canal Glasgow (2007), and with Phil Supple/The Electric Estate for the National Trust at Cragside Northumberland.
Stage appearances have included ‘Sandi Toksvig’s Christmas Cracker starring Ronnie Corbett’ at the Royal Festival Hall London (2009). TV appearances include Cirque Images’ 2003 series ‘Solstrom’ for Bravo Cable Network and BBC2 ‘Hyperdrive’.
Directing work has included Spike Theatre’s ‘The Games’ (2010), co-director of ‘Sink of Swim’ (2013). Co-director with Maria Aitken of ‘Telling Tales’, in development for ATG. Co-director and composer of Unity Festival opening & closing ceremonies, Wales Millennium Centre (2012).
Joint artistic director & performer with the UK-based clown theatre company Spymonkey since 1998. Studied at the Centro Andaluz de Teatro in Seville and at the Philippe Gaulier School in London. Performed in The Servant of Two Masters at Sheffield Crucible (1996), Axomate at the Seville Expo (1992), Eulenspiegel (1991) and in Karl’s Kuhne Gassenchau’s Grand Paradis and Stau in Zurich (1997 and 1998). Director of Little Prince for Donkey Productions (1997), Un Vento Impetuoso for La Canoppia (1996) and Meci Y Me Fui for Pez Enraya ( 1997).
In 1999 he appeared in Circus Knie, the Swiss State Circus, and in 2000 formed his own company Punto Fijo, based in Bilbao. Appeared in Cirque Images’ 2003 series Solstrom for Bravo Cable Network. Performed in Zumanity – Another Side of Cirque du Soleil at the New York New York Hotel Casino, Las Vegas, 2003-05. Appeared in Bertold Brecht’s Senor Carrera’s Rifles at the Young Vic, directed by Paul Hunter (2007).
He is an acclaimed international teacher of clown, regularly holding Spymonkey masterclasses around the world, and for clown doctors all over Europe.