Aging remains a taboo in our society and certainly in the circus world. Similar to top athletes, most acrobats stop their intensive training regimen after a certain age. How do the most perfect bodies transform? As a human being, can you ever make peace with your own body? Can you be completely in harmony? GLORIOUS BODIES shines a light on the process of aging in a unique way. A process that happens to all of us. Something that is, in fact, happening right now, at this very moment.
The roots of the performance can be found in partner acrobatics and movement. GLORIOUS BODIES dismantles the clichés about the older generation. An impressive, charming, and humorous performance that shows us what the human body is actually capable of. A capacity that is clearly timeless and ageless.
Concept, choreography: Piet Van Dycke
Performers: Winfried Deuling , Astrid Schöne, Det Rijven, Thorsten Bohle, Paul Griffioen en Johannes Fischer
Music: Kris Auwers
Installation: Arjan Kruidhof en Arjen Schoneveld
Dramaturgy: Marie Peeters
Costumes: Oona Mampuys
Lightdesign, technique: Casper Van Overschee
Executive producer: Sam Cunningham
Coproduction: PLAN, Festival Circolo, DansBrabant, Cirklabo, Circuswerkplaats Dommelhof, PERPLX, Perpodium
Special thanks to: Miramiro, Destelheide, Wybren Wouda
With support of: The Flemish Government, Grensverleggers/deBuren
★★★★★ - Frens te Kiefte, Circusweb
Do aging artists still matter? The pure performance, intense collaboration, and acrobatic mastery make any doubt about the answer to that question completely unnecessary.
The acrobatic tricks are excellent. They are higher and riskier than expected, and the six acrobats, especially the two ladies, are enviably agile. Furthermore, Glorious Bodies is captivating and touching, thoughtfully designed, and very strongly choreographed.
Margot De Grave Loyson, e-tcetera
The standing ovation and the minutes-long applause testify the beauty and power of the performance that touched the spectators of all ages.
Wijbrand Schaap, Cultuurpers
I was deeply moved. Here we see people who don't give up, but who no longer have to hide how hard work this is for them. You feel the admiration that the choreographer has for his performers and notice how intensely they enjoy that performance.
Tuur Devens, Theaterkrant
The four men and two women play with pleasure and pride what their then-perfect bodies have transformed into, and how it can evoke admiration and wonder. They continue to play, they continue to enjoy their performance. For an hour, they were able to shine, virtuosic and also fragile.