We are Wise Fools

A circus trio specialised in aerial acrobatics

We are an all female circus trio established in 2014. We come from Tampere in Finland and Cape Town in South Africa. We met while studying in École Supérieure des Arts du Cirque in Brussels.

We tour around the world with our circus shows and acts

Our main acts are original aerial acts with triple trapeze and cloud swing.

For smaller spaces with no attachment points we have several humoristic groud acts.

Our two open air shows Trashpeze and Grandesque are great for summer events.

With the companies Sirkum Polaris and Nuua we have a full indoor show Kulovalkea.


Read the short by biography of the company

Wise Fools is a Finnish-South-African all female circus trio. Valpuri Kaarninen and Maria Peltola started circus in the Finnish Sorin Sirkus while Jaimee Allen started circus in the Zip Zap Circus in Cape Town in South Africa. All of them received their professional training in École Superieure des Arts du Cirque (ESAC) in Belgium. The Finns Maria and Valpuri graduated from ESAC in 2014 with an original triple trapeze number. During the three years they developed a style where two catchers swing and toss one flyer. Jaimee graduated in 2017 with her powerful cloud swing act and joined the trio directly after graduation.

In January 2015 the trio won with their triple trapeze act a silver medal at the prestigious Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris. It is one of the most prestigious circus competitions on the field of non-traditional circus and it has been organized already for over 40 years. During the first years of their career the trio worked with the world famous Cirque du Soleil in their summer show Scalada i and did a 7 theatre tour with Europe’s largest variety company GOP Variete.

In 2017 the Wise Fools created theirfirst open air performance Trashpeze, which a 30 minutes long performances with comedy and aerial acrobatics. Since then Trashpeze has toured for example in Japan, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, South-Korea and all around Europe. They have perfomed on such large-scale festivals like Seoul Street Arts Festivals, Daidogei Festival and La Mercé. During the pandemic in 2020 the trio created their second performance Grandesque which was targeted for small venues.

In 2017 The trio founded also a bigger company Sirkum Polaris which consists of 11 performers who all started at Sorin Sirkus youth circus in Finland, later went to professional circus schools around Europe and worked with the biggest circus companies in the world. Their first show Kulovalkea (2020) was created in collaboration with Olli Vuorinen and the Nuua company. Currently they are working on their second creation Elixir (2024).