Family Theatre – Wow Hoop

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14th February 2017 @ 11:00 Europe/London Timezone
Canada Water Culture Space
21 Surrey Quays Rd
London SE16
£7 - £24 Family Ticket
Canada Water Culture Space
020 7525 2931


Vau Vanne Baby Circus presents Wow Hoop. Baby Circus gradually and softly introduces little ones to performance. The performer gets acquainted with each infant as the audience arrives before moving to the performance space. As circus characters and acts are introduced, infants will be captivated and parents entertained.

Awaken curiosity and joy in little ones in Wow Hoop with Mette Ylikorva, director of Vau Vanne Baby Circus. Circus games captivate and enthrall infants, while parents gain confidence in handling their infants through gentle partner acrobatic exercises. Ylikorva’s performance provides families with infants an easy way to introduce the liveliness and joy of circus into everyday life. With no visible differentiation between the stage and the audiences, infants are gently allowed to familiarize themselves with the stage props, which are both safe and bite-resistant.

Since 2008 Ylikorva’s performance has toured child health centers, cultural centers, and children’s festivals, garnering acclaim from critics and parents alike.

Please note that due to the specific content of the show, older siblings are not allowed. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

About Mette Ylikorva

Baby Circus pioneer Mette Ylikorva trained as a circus instructor at the Turku University of Applied Arts in Finland and completed studies as a circus trainer for people with special needs. Since 1999 she has worked as a circus trainer and performer. Ylikorva initially became familiar with infant culture through infant word-play groups, for whom she created movement material. In 2006 she became a parent, which led to the creation of her baby circus. Finnish psychologist Kirsti Määttänen’s dialogical baby dance –used to stimulate interaction between infants and parents – greatly aided and inspired Wow Hoop’s early phases of development. Through her research Ylikorva noticed that there is very little material about baby circus; individual circus trainers have long practiced partner acrobatics with their infants and/or held baby groups. Inspired, Ylikorva collected all the material she could and started developing various circus forms adapted for infants, with her own child in mind.

Wow Hoop/ Ages 1 – 3/ Tuesday 14 February, 11am, 1pm & 3pm./£7 -£24 Family Ticket / Booking line: 020 8692 4446

Due to the nature of the performance space, latecomers will not be admitted to performances after the advertised start time. Please ensure you arrive at the venue at least 10 minutes prior to performance start time. Re-admittance to performances will not always be possible, and is at the discretion of Canada Water Culture Space staff.

Canada Water Culture Space, an intimate 150 seat theatre showcasing the best in new work, comedy, contemporary theatre, dance and music. Located on the ground floor of the Canada Water Library, the Culture Space is programmed by the Albany in partnership with Southwark Council.  @CWCultureSpace  Canada-Water-Culture-Space

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Culture Café

Enjoy a warm welcome in our family-friendly Culture Café, overlooking the water. Indulge in a tempting toastie, a freshly prepared salad, or a great coffee or tea made to your liking with a delicious cake.

Coming to see a show? The Culture Café has a range of snacks, wine, beers and other drinks to accompany your evening’s entertainment, pre and post show.

Regular Opening hours Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5pm Sat: 9:30am – 4pm Sun: 10am – 3pm

Canada Water Library Opening times

Canada Water Library is open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 12noon to 4pm. Evening opening according to performance and events schedule

Getting there

Canada Water Library and Culture Space is situated directly above Canada Water station (Jubilee line and London overground). Exit the station towards Surrey Quays Shopping Centre.

Buses: 199, 1, 225, 47, 188, 381, C10, P12


There is wheelchair access throughout the building. Induction loops are available


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