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.

Circus Days and Nights
Premiere May 29 at Malmö Opera
An entirely new work meets an entirely new form: Circus Days and Nights is a circus opera in three acts, written by legendary composer Philip Glass, with libretto by David Henry Hwang and Tilde Björfors. Its inspiration is Robert Lax’s masterwork Circus Days and Nights, a collection of poems that draws us into the poet’s fascination with acrobats and the circus lifestyle and takes us on the road with him when he “runs away” and joins a circus in 1940s America. For Lax, the circus becomes a metaphor for life itself – the cycle of life and death – and for human yearning and striving. Circus Days and Nights will be a boundary-crossing performance that brings the circus ring into the opera house.

Cirkus Days and Nights is a co-production between Cirkus Cirkör and Malmö Opera

Premiere September 2019 in Linköping
In this new Cirkus Cirkör performance, you’re invited to a world of flowers, classical music and jaw-dropping circus. An international cast of five multi-talented artists sets out to change the world through joy, risk assessment and facing fears.

As the artists fly through the air on teeterboard, swing in trapezes and ropes, lift each other, do pair acrobatics and mouth hang, they embody the soul of circus: That you don’t have to give in to normalcy, different is good, you should be as unique as you feel.

Let yourself bloom.

Bloom has an all international ensemble with artist from Switzerland, Germany, Scotland and Costa Rica. Bloom is directed by Julien Auger and Sade Kamppila from Circus I Love You.

Bloom can be performed indoors as well as outdoors. No extra setup day required.

Knitting Peace
Premiere in Marseille, January 2013
Knitting peace returns! Knitting Peace is a breathtaking and poetic contemporary circus experience with jaw-dropping artistry, looped live music and suggestive scenography. In a world filled with yarn, knitting’s and threads, subjects such as peace and striving are woven together based on the idea of circus performers’ drive to do what seems impossible. Can a worldwide knitting for peace movement make a difference? It is easy to give up when confronted with one’s own insignificance in comparison to the world’s greatness and complexity.

Nevertheless, each movement begins with the individual. In this show we explore the meaning of our aspiration and we’ll find out if it’s possible to knit peace.

Pippi at Cirkus
Premiere at Cirkus in Stockholm July 2022
A magnificent musical circus show based on Astrid Lindgren’s story. Pippi at cirkus is written by Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA), Tilde Björfors (Cirkus Cirkör) and Maria Blom.

Pippi at Cirkus is based on Astrid Lindgren’s story of when Pippi, Tommy and Annika went to the circus and met the circus princess Miss Carmencita, the line dancer Elvira and the world’s strongest man Starke Adolf.

Pippi at Cirkus will perform at Cirkus. Cirkus, located in the Royal Djurgården district of Stockholm, was inaugurated on May 25, 1892 to house the many prominent circus companies of the times