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CIRCUS CONCERT: GLASS

Glass can break, glass can chink and ring. The most fragile glass can hold the weight of a person. Cirkus Cirkör artists float around in a shimmering, clear world of beautiful crystal glasses, broken glass and sharp edges in a balancing act hovering between resilience and fragility. New music by composers from the Baltic Sea Region opens our minds to a magic circus performance that can be enjoyed by anyone between the ages of 3 and 100.


Participants

 

Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Foto: Julian Hargreaves.

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is known worldwide as one of Europe’s most versatile orchestras with an exciting and varied repertoire and a constant striving to break new ground The multi-award-winning orchestra has been praised for its exceptional, wide-ranging musicianship as well as collaborations with the world’s foremost composers, conductors and soloists.

Permanent home of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 1979 is Berwaldhallen, the Swedish Radio’s concert hall. In addition to the audience in the hall, the orchestra reaches many many listeners on the radio and the web and through it´s partnership with EBU. Several concerts are also broadcast and streamed on Berwaldhallen Play and with Swedish Television, offering the audience more opportunities to come as close as possible to one of the world’s top orchestras.

“The orchestra has a unique combination of humility, sensibility and musical imagination”, says Daniel Harding, Music Director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2007. “I have never had a concert with the orchestra where they haven’t played as though their lives depended on it!” The orchestra is also proud to have Klaus Mäkelä as its Principal Guest Conductor since 2018.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swedish Radio Symphony was one of the only orchestras in the world which never stopped playing.  Its innovative and creative approach to making music in these dark times helped its public to cope and even made the news itself.

The first radio orchestra was founded in 1925, the same year that the Swedish Radio Service began its broadcasts. The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra received its current name in 1967. Through the years, the orchestra has had several distinguished Music Directors. Two of them are Herbert Blomstedt and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Tilde Björfors is artistic director of Cirkus Cirkör, which she cofounded in 1995. She has been involved in creative work, performance, training and management within the industry for over 25 years. Tilde has been a driving force when it comes to establishing contemporary circus as an artistic discipline in Sweden.
By following her vision to combine the performing arts with research and science, and by creating clashes between genres and art disciplines, she has turned Cirkus Cirkör into a unique combination of world leading performing arts company, educational institution and social activist organisation.
Over the years, she has combined contemporary circus with higher education and the establishment of a circus-oriented upper-secondary school programme, activities for children and young people, scientific research and social commitment in a unique way; always with the intention to cross boundaries and invite clashes between art disciplines and genres. Not only has it placed Cirkus Cirkör at the cutting edge on the international stage, it has also made the company a force to reckon with in society. Tilde Björfors has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Expressen theatre prize and the Swedish Theatre Critics Association’s theatre prize in 2016 as well as the European Movement in Sweden’s European of the Year award in 2017. In 2018, Tilde and Cirkus Cirkör received the Premio Europa per il Teatro, the Europe Prize New Theatrical Realities XV award and the Swedish King’s Medal 8th size.

Alexander Weibel Weibel is a Spanish circus artist specialising in balancing acts that include balancing on ropes and wires as well as balancing objects on his person. He can even play the violin at the same time. Alexander trained at a circus school in Madrid before attending the National Circus School of Moscow and the Stockholm School of Dance and Circus where he was awarded the Sophie Hulthén grant for circus artists.
Alexander has appeared at and toured festivals throughout Europe. Awards include the jury’s prize at the Cirque De Demain in Paris 2011, the Innovation Prize at the IV Circus Festival of Albacete and the audience’s prize at the Newcomer Show in Leipzig.
His first encounter with a Swedish audience took place during the pre-production Knitted Piece that was later developed into Knitting Peace, directed by Tilde Björfors. Alexander has participated in Satyagraha and other Cirkus Cirkör productions. He has also directed the school production Trassligt for Cirkus Cirkör and he has been assistant director in other productions.

The video artist Johannes Ferm Winkler has made video scenography for, among other things, Ålevangeliet directed by Tobias Thorell at the Folkoperan (2022), The Emperor of Portugallia directed by Pontus Stenshäll at Gothenburg City Theater (2021), Hedwig and the angry inch directed by Dritëro Kasapi in Malmö Stadsteater, Riksteatern and Malmö Opera (2020), In Search of Lost Time with script & direction by Maja Salomonsson & Nina Jeppsson at Orionteatern (2019), The Nether directed by Lena Endre at Dramaten (2017) and to the Nobel Banquet directed by Visual Relief and Devine Opera (2013).