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Maison de la danse 2017 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Björfors, Tilde (Sweden)

Present in collection(s): Maison de la danse , Saisons 2010 > 2019

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Maison de la danse 2017 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Björfors, Tilde (Sweden)

Present in collection(s): Maison de la danse , Saisons 2010 > 2019

en fr


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

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Björfors, Tilde

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

Plasson, Fabien

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, 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

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Cirkus Cirkör

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

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Artistic direction / Conception : Tilde Björfors

Choreography : Olle Strandberg

Set design : Fanny Senocq, Stefan ”Drake” Karlström, Joel Jedström, Tilde Björfors

Text : Tilde Björfors, the ensemble, Nadia Ben Belgacem, Arash Dehvari, Kajsa Bohlin, Tatiana-Mosio Bongonga, Qutaiba Aldahwa, Javid Heidari

Original music : Samuel ”Looptok” Andersson

Video conception : Johannes Ferm Winkler, Tom Waldton and Per Rydnert/Visual Relief, Joakim Björklund

Lights : Fredrik Ekström, Casper Wijlhuizen

Costumes : Jonna Bergelin

Settings : Joel Jedström, Emilia Esping

Technical direction : Stefan ”Drake” Karlström

Sound : 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

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