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Friday, June 2, 2017

In Context: Limits

Sweden’s Cirkus Cirkör offers an acrobatic exploration of an EU in flux, equal parts high-flying spectacle and trenchant critique. Context is everything, so get closer to the production through our series of curated links, videos, and articles. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #CirkusCirkör.

Program Notes

Limits (PDF)


Exceeding Limits (BAM blog)
Cirkus Cirkör artistic director Tilde Björfors and set designer Fanny Senocq discuss the collaborative creation of Limits.

For denizens of a visual society, there’s something uniquely accessible about the circus and its focus on the physical body. People are not shut out from understanding the experience.

Always Something New: Interview with Tilde Björfors, Founder of Cirkus Cirkör (Critical Stages/Scènes Critique)
Björfors’ history with cirque nouveau (new circus), and how she brought it to Sweden.

How I Fled Isis and Celebrated Christmas with a Swedish Circus (The Local Voices)
Iraqi refugee Qutaiba Ad-Dagher recalls meeting Tilde Björfors at his asylum camp and partaking in Sweden’s Christmas festivities with Cirkus Cirkör.

Watch & Listen

Tilde Björfors: Limits (YouTube)
Björfors speaks about the inspiration for Limits and the importance of crossing boundaries.

Beyond Physical Theater (SoundCloud)
BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo, BAM Hamm Archives director Sharon Lehner, and scholar Duncan Wall attempt to define physical theater and how it relates to circus.

Now your turn...

How did you enjoy the show? Likes? Dislikes? Surprises? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #CirkusCirkör.


  1. Didn't like non secured acrobats in the air, bam should not engage non secured acrobats... disappointed.. security should always be first

    1. I suggest you don't leave your house. Better safe than sorry.

  2. Fantastic show. The performers truly push the limits of what you think they could do, and what we can do. Well worth it.

  3. This is more than a fantastic display of athleticism. It's an intelligent, intellectual approach to a modern dilemma, as borders inhibit freedom of movement of those under threats and danger. It's full of humanity and harnesses circus arts with real life problems.

  4. This show left me wanting so much more out of this great idea. The concept and message behind it is completely solid, but unfortunately the show did not deliver. The acts felt half-developed. The acrobats seemed capable of performing, but the performance didn't take it to the heights. There were several moments where I thought they could have done so much more with their skills. There were also other moments where I thought they could have practiced more to really clean up some of their shakiness. There were missteps and minor falls. I will say, the music was fantastic and was the strong thread that barely held the weak acts together.