In 2015 Cirkus Cirkör celebrated its 20th anniversary of crossing boundaries! Under the artistic leadership of Tilde Björfors, Cirkus Cirkör has consistently explored and defied limits through performances and research projects, as well as through the interactions of circus and society, audiences and participants. In light of Europe's ever-tightening boundaries against the world beyond its borders, and the consequences that closed borders bring in their wake, Cirkus Cirkör's voice as an advocate for crossing boundaries has grown stronger. After seeing Cirkör's 2015 production ”Borders”, the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter's reviewer proclaimed Cirkus Cirkör the creator of a new genre: contemporary circus activism.
In the new production, Limits, the work and questions continue:
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.
In classic Cirkus Cirkör style, Limits will turn perspectives on their heads. With energy, a focus on what is possible and cocky commitment 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. Stepping over boundaries is hard without moments of chaos and disorder, but the state of today's world demands new approaches!
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. Besides being at the helm of Cirkus Cirkör, Tilde has held a professorship at the School of Dance and Circus in Stockholm, where she presented the research project Circus as transgressor in art and society.
Limits’ ensemble has worked across boundaries as co-creators of the production.
Source : Tilde Björfors
More information : cirkor.se
Tilde Björfors is the founder and Artistic Director of Cirkus Cirkör, one of the world’s leading contemporary circus companies. Tilde is also the first Professor of circus at the University College of Dance and Circus (DOCH) in Sweden. Cirkus Cirkör consists of two parts: arts and education - closely intertwined. Tilde has directed most of Cirkör’s performances, which all have toured internationally (including BAM in NYC).
Through Cirkus Cirkör, Tilde has developed a center for artistic research called Cirkör LAB, offering residencies and support for multidisciplinary artists and companies. As a professor at DOCH she presented the research project Circus – crossing borders in art and society.
Source : ISPA
Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).
During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc) .
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.
From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.
Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of Numeridanse.tv, an online international video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.
Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website
More information: fabione.fr
Cirkus Cirkör started when Tilde Björfors and some artists went to Paris and fell in love with the possibilities that the contemporary circus offered. They decided to stop dreaming big and living small and instead give their all to make reality of their dreams.
Twenty years later more that 2 miljon people has seen a Circus Cirkör show on stage and in festivals around the world. 400 000 children and youth har trained, created and been taught with contemporary circus. Contemporary circus is now an established art form in Sweden. You will find the circus in all sorts of places – from pre-schools to Universities and in homes for the elderly.
At Cirkus Cirkör we continue to dream big and make reality out of our dreams!
Source : Site de Cirkus Cirkör
En savoir plus : cirkor.se
Artistic direction / Conception
Fanny Senocq, Stefan ”Drake” Karlström, Joel Jedström, Tilde Björfors
Tilde Björfors, the ensemble, Nadia Ben Belgacem, Arash Dehvari, Kajsa Bohlin, Tatiana-Mosio Bongonga, Qutaiba Aldahwa, Javid Heidari
Samuel ”Looptok” Andersson
Johannes Ferm Winkler, Tom Waldton and Per Rydnert/Visual Relief, Joakim Björklund
Fredrik Ekström, Casper Wijlhuizen
Joel Jedström, Emilia Esping
Stefan ”Drake” Karlström
Fredrik ”Börje” Danielsson, Joakim Björklund
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work
Limits was partly developed in residence at The Watermill Center, USA – a laboratory for performance – during the fall of 2015, as well as in residence at Västmanland's Teater in the spring of 2016. Limits is coproduction with Archaos, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque Méditerranée. Limits is the sequel to Borders, performed at Malmö City Theatre in May and June, 2015.
Production / Coproduction of the video work
Maison de la danse 2017, Fabien Plasson