Annika Hakala Circus Artist I Hulahoop, Whip & Fire
I’m a multidisciplinary circus artist from Finland, based in Vienna, Austria. Since 2008 I work as a solo artist, part of different duos and big performing groups. Ever since I’m touring internationally in Europe, USA and Asia. You can book me for a show production or variety theatre program, but also for a corporate event, gala and private events like party, wedding and birthday. I perform both, single acts and longer all-evening program. Under the other projects title you can find examples of my work in music videos, short films, advertisements and in the performance scene.
My main disciplines are:
– HULAHOOP –
– WHIP CRACKING AND ROSE TARGETING –
– FIRE MANIPULATION –
– PARTNER ACROBATICS –
– POI SPINNING –
– SIDESHOW TRICKS –
– AERIAL SILKS –
– DANCING –
“The finnish artist Annika Hakala impresses in her solo act with hulahoops, which she beautifully manipulates to create spectacular optic effects.”
– Das Stadtmagazin Bremen –
Audi – BMW – Porsche – Mini
FIS Ski Jumping World Cup – National Olympic Committee Austria Emirate Palace Hotel – Finland Got Talent Final
Heineken – Hilton Hotels – Desperados – Wirkschaftskammer OÖ Eskimo – ORF Austrian National TV – TV4 Finland – Ball Total Deutsches Theater – U4 Night Club – The 1st European Games Baku Gaukler Ball – Rosen Ball – 25 Hour Hotel – Schani Hotel – EWOS European Week of Sport –
Gala Night of Sport – European Youth Olympics – European Youth Cultural Capital Fest – Wirtgen – Rosenbauer –
Opening Ceremony of FC Barcelona vs. Al Ahli Saudi FC – National Day Fest Abu Dhabi – Magnum –
Europe Synergy Summit – Arab Got Talent Corporate Show – National Day Fest Bahrain – Galleria Mall UAE – Arms for Peace Conference Pakistan – University of Tampere – Sport University of Vienna – Impulstanz – Pallas Capital – Trau Dich Wedding Fair – FMX Film Festival 2017 – Sassoon – Wella – Under de Sie – Wiener Festwochen – Goldwell – Austrian Hoop Convention – Ilosaarirock Finland – Kiev Fire Fest Galashow – EJC Finland Galashow – EJC Muenich Galashow – Internationales Varieté Festival – Aldiana Club Ampflwang – Aldiana Club Salzkammergut – Provinssirock Finland – Hotel Vanajanlinna – Palais Ferstel – Zürcher Kantonbank – Allianz – Aldiana Club Costa Del Sol – Redbull – Hapag-Lloyd – Kristallschiff Linz
Variety Theatres & Shows
Vienna National Oper – Palatsi Music Theatre – UniFlow Shows –
Circus Pikard – Varieté Theater Pegasus – Cabaree Cirque Rouge – Circus of Freaks –
GOP Varieté Theater Essen – GOP Varieté Theater Bremen – GOP Varieté Theater Münster –
GOP Varieté Theater Bad Oyenhausen – GOP Varieté Theater Muenich – Varieté Theater Vindobona –
Spamm Club – Kaff & Cosmos Club – Salon Kitty Revue –
Lumina Productions – “Phoenix Spectacular” by Phoenix Creative – “Flames of Phoenix” by Phoenix Creative – “Illuminaire” by Phoenix Creative – Concerto Varieté Theatre Meissen – Kalevala Thrilogy in Summer Theatre Pyynikki
I was born in 1988 in Seinäjoki, Finland. As an active child and teen I had many hobbies from art school and wood crafts, riding horses, dancing, skate boarding, kickboxing to writing poems. I was part of every theatre and musical production at school. At 13 years-old my path led me to yoga and finally at 15 years-old into circus. I’ve never stopped since. Circus is a perfect combination of all my dearest interests.
I’m an autodidact circus artist with a background in dance. I’ve been dancing since 16-years-old and after moving to Vienna in 2013 I attended the dance education program Dance Spectrum of Move On. Afterwards, I also completed the dance instructor program from Sport University of Vienna. Next to my circus training I take dance classes, theatre workshops and private singing lessons. I’m always up to learning something new.
Thanks to my dance background I have created my own unique style to combine the traditional hulahoop tricks with the modern complex manipulation in elegant way and spiced it up with dancing and acrobatics. I work with one hoop to seven and 30 hulahoops.
You can enjoy my sensual exquisiteness through all my acts, if combined with the power of whip cracking or hypnotising effect of fire.