Cirkus Cirkör

Wear It Like A Crown
photographer: Mats Bäcker

photographer: Mats Bäcker

Knitting Peace
photographer: Mats Bäcker

Cirkus Cirkör
photograph: Mattias Edwall

CIRKUS CIRKÖR is Sweden’s first and largest contemporary circus, founded in 1995. Built upon art and pedagogy, Cirkus Cirkör has grown rapidly and today consists of shows touring Sweden and the world, circus events, circus training and an internationally renowned secondary school.
Over the years, almost two million people have seen our shows. Our artistic director Tilde Björfors is the world’s first artistic professor of circus studies. Through Cirkör LAB we extend our support for cross boundary arts and science meetings, mono disciplinary research and pedagogical research. Standing ovations have met us at stages like BAM in New York, Montreal Complètement Cirque, The Roundhouse in London and Polo Circo in Buenos Aires. We are currently touring the world with three big performances, Knitting Peace, Limits and Underart.

Premiere September 2017
Under is a coproduction of Cirkus Cirkör and Västmanlands Teater.
Under is the final work in Olle Strandberg’s Under Trilogy. Olle has previously explored the themes of what happens when you crash and of having to adapt to a new life in Undermän (2010) and Underart (2014), two Cirkus Cirkör productions that have toured the world.

Eight people crash. Eight people, in the middle of the world, dreaming the ancient dream to manoeuver in and finally conquer the sky. The performance Under embody the human need to constantly defy gravity and the continuing conflict between man and weather. It is about the wish to tame the untamable.

Premiere in Västerås, March 2016

“Tilde Björfor’s performances are characterized by an increasingly power social commitment, with recurring messages of peace and justice, and it is in this production I feel her circus activism works the best. . . “

– Cecilia Djurberg, Sveriges Radio Kulturnytt

A world of fleeing, migration and new frontiers is balanced against the artists’s individual limits in terms of risk, pain, the limitations of the group and of the body.

Are limits real or imaginary? Are they a dead end, or a motivation to search for new paths?
Someone has drawn up lines and divided the world into various delimited areas. We build fences around our gardens, walls, barricades, place armed soldiers around our countries. But human beings have never wanted to stay in one and the same place.
Limits is conceived and directed Tilde Björfors, Cirkus Cirkör’s founder and artistic director, who is also the director behind most of Cirkus Cirkör’s major successes such as Borders, Knitting Peace, Wear it like a crown and Inside out.

An opera by Philip Glass. Direction: Tilde Björfors
Folkoperan and Circus Cirkör presents a spectacular mixture of opera and circus in the opera Satyagraha by Philip Glass. It is an opera about the young Mahatma Gandhi’s time in South Africa. It was during that time he discovered Satyagraha, holding onto truth, what would be the beginning of what we call civil resistance. Gandhi became one of the most well known people in the non-violence movement.