Luis Sartori do Vale (1982) is a performing / visual artist from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, based in Helsinki, Finland.

After a diploma in Visual Arts from the Fine Arts Academy of UFMG (Brazil), he graduated from the Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque (ESAC, Belgium) as a circus artist.

Besides his own projects, he has worked with directors and companies such as Rolf Alme, Liisa Risu, Reynaldo Ramperssad, Petri Dish, Archaos, Les 7 Doigts de la Main and Hurjaruuth.

In 2012 he co-founded the Finnish company Nuua, becoming a laureate of the international project Circus Next, with the performance LENTO. With the same performance, he has been awarded the Special Prize of the Jury in the 35th Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, in Paris.

Currently, Luis is touring internationally with his two last productions, DOIS and PORTMANTEAU, which was recently awarded the Sirkuksen Lumo Prize 2018 by Circusinfo Finland, as an acknowledgement for work done to promote Finnish circus art.

He has performed in more than 20 countries worldwide. When not working with performing arts, he develops projects as a visual artist, between illustration, video and animation.

“I’m interested in exploring the dialogue and the interaction between circus arts and other art forms, concepts and techniques, in a constant research for new and poetic aesthetics inside the performing
arts. As a circus artist, I’m interested in exploring technical skills as tools of communication, rather than virtuosity.

By working with universal and identifiable concepts I aim to create a strong connection with the audience, on the emotional and sensitive level. With a focus on poetic, visual metaphors, delicate and minimalistic aesthetics, my goal is to invite the audience to interpret and feel a performance based on their own personal experiences.”

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