The Receptionists

The Receptionists

Date & Time

15 - 17 Dec, 2023 15.12.2023 7pm – 8pm I
16-17.12.2023 4pm – 5pm & 7pm – 8pm


JC Cube




From the award-winning team of Only Bones, sold-out comedy show in Edinburgh Fringe

Inga and Kristiina are the receptionists of a “five-star” hotel. As two professionals in the hospitality industry, they look alike, speak multiple languages, have a witty sense and work with superior efficiency, but only if guests are here to notice…

Facing monotonous days with no guests they can serve, the two begin to invent a series of hilarious and crazy simulated hospitality scenarios. In a small reception area with a table, they give it their all and “deliver” five-star customer service through a performance of wonderful acts including clown performance, dance, mime and physical theatre. Inga and Krsitiina guarantee guests of all ages a reviving “customer service” experience.

Kallo Collective is an award-winning ever-expanding physical theatre and contemporary circus company. The Receptionists premiered in 2017 and has toured Finland, Andorra, the Czech Republic, the UK and Norway. Through performances with visual effects and humorous physical moves, the team adheres to its philosophy, focusing on non-verbal tour-ready productions with comedy as their core and producing many works suitable for all ages.

" zany as any we have seen here in decades" - The Dominion Post (NZ)


Creative Team
Produced by: Kallo Collective
Performer: Inga Björn, Kristiina Tammisalo

About the Kallo Collective

Kallo Collective is an award-winning physical theatre and contemporary circus company focused on non-verbal productions with comedy at their core. Since 2010 the company´s performances have charmed their audiences touring on 5 different continents.

Kallo Collective aims to champion the art of physical based humour by producing a wide range of productions, teaching workshops, and producing NouNous Festival - an annual international festival of physical comedy in Helsinki.

Company was founded 2009 by Finnish artists Jenni Kallo, Sampo Kurppa and a New Zealander Thom Monckton who all have background in circus. They all studied at the famous school of Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Company has produced 16 productions and tours actively internationally. 2020 company was awarded with the State prize for circus.


Tickets | $220

Tickets available at

Discounts (Limited Offers)

  1. 40% off for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, and people with disabilities and the minders
  2. “Circus Boom” Package: $300 (1 adult ticket for The Receptionists and New Boom in Circus )
  3. Family Package: $500 (2 adults and 1 full-time student tickets)
  4. 15% off for TK Fan


- Approximately 55 mins without intermission

- No latecomers will be admitted

- Recommended for ages 6 and above

- Limited offer for all discount types

- Tai Kwun reserves the right to assign seats

- Programmes are subject to change without prior notice. Tai Kwun reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the arrangements.


Inga Björn
Kristiina Tammisalo

Inga Björn is an aerial acrobat and a clown. She works both as a circus artist and as an actress and combines these two professions when needed. In recent years she has worked at The Finnish National Theatre, on a TV-series and as a circus freelancer. She is also a member of Blind Gut Company, contemporary circus company based in Helsinki.

Kristiina Tammisalo is a circus artist and social scientist. She has moved from hand balancing and acrobatics towards physical theatre. Besides being a "receptionist" she currently mostly works as a researcher. She has been teaching hand balancing for several years in Circus Helsinki, and is also known as a clown "Ursula".