TOHU / Montréal Complètement Cirque Festival. Portmanteau 'Piste, piste, piste'. Photo by Mikko Pirinen.

Piste, piste, piste

Montréal, Quebec

July 14, 2022 – July 17, 2022

Presented by
TOHU / Montréal Complètement Cirque Festival

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Piste, piste, piste is an interdisciplinary show combining contemporary circus, dance and visual arts.

A fascinating journey into the world of shapes! Shadows create surprises, and the movement of balls, fabrics and acrobatics create a magical and minimalist world that young children will love. Two characters discover and plant three dots, these dots grow and transform into a line, through movement, illusion and circus prowess.

Based on the children’s book Três pontinhos (three little dots) by author Mario Vale, this show is a fascinating journey into the world of shapes and creativity, which will stimulate children’s curiosity. Do you see what I see?

Luis Sartori do Vale

Luis is a performing artist, director and visual artist. After a diploma in Visual Arts, he graduated from ESAC (Belgium) as a circus artist. Besides his own projects, he has collaborated with several directors and companies, such as Kallo Collective, Petri Dish, Archaos, Les 7 Doigts de la Main and Hurjaruuth. In 2012 he co-founded the company Nuua, becoming a laureate of Circus Next and also awarded the Special Prize of the Jury in the 35th Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain. Besides performing, Luis develops works with visual arts, between illustration, video, photography and installations.

Mira Ravald

Mira is a performing artist working within contemporary circus, dance and physical theatre. She has graduated as a circus artist from Salpaus Further Education in Lahti, Finland, specializing in tight wire. With her solo works Mira is interested in exploring the borderline of dance and circus through movement based practices, musicality and poetic motion in search of new and fusion-like perspectives. As a first-time filmmaker, she has written and produced the short film OMI (2020), which has gained international acknowledgement for its experimental kind.


Portmanteau is a contemporary circus company from Finland, focused on creating multidisciplinary performances exploring the dialogue between circus and other art forms. In a constant search for new and poetic aesthetics within the performing arts, Portmanteau is a collaboration between the circus/visual artist Luis Sartori do Vale and the dancer/circus artist Mira Ravald.

With its first production, the multidisciplinary performance Portmanteau, the company has received the Sirkuksen Lumo Award 2018, as an acknowledgement of the work done to promote Finnish circus arts. It has been touring internationally since 2018, warmly received by both audience and critics alike.