Circus history archived in the body.

GLORIOUS BODIES is an intimate circus and dance performance about the physical capacity of our body, about seeing and being seen, about the border between classical and contemporary circus with six acrobats, between 53 and 67 years old, with a past in the (more) classical circus. Circus history archived in the body.

Aging remains a taboo in our society and certainly within the circus world. Most acrobats stop training intensively after a certain age, just like top athletes do. How do the most perfect bodies transform? GLORIOUS BODIES highlights the process of aging in a unique way. Something 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. The focus is on the physical process of trial and error. The performance shows us the physical limits, the power of failure, the contrast between ‘wanting’ and ‘being able to’. GLORIOUS BODIES breaks down the clichés about older generations. A performance about the power of the aging body.


Concept, choreography: Piet Van Dycke

Performers: Winfried Deuling , Astrid Schöne, Det Rijven, Wybren Wouda, Paul Griffioen en Johannes Fischer

Music: Kris Auwers

Installation: Arjan Kruidhof en Arjen Schoneveld

Dramaturgy: Marie Peeters

Technique: Casper Van Overschee

Executive producer: Sam Cunningham

Production: Circumstances

Coproduction: PLAN, Festival Circolo, DansBrabant, Cirklabo, Circuswerkplaats Dommelhof, PERPLX, Perpodium

Special thanks to: Miramiro

With support of:  The Flemish Government, Grensverleggers/deBuren


Jonas Van Soom, coordinator CIRKLABO

GLORIOUS BODIES certainly lived up to its title, it shows what the human body is capable of and there is clearly no age on it.

Veerle Van Schoelant, artistic director 30CC

I was very impressed by the richness of the material. It was fascinating to watch this group of elderly acrobats. So virtuoso, focused but playful at the same time.

Annelien Verdeyen, communication officer CIRKLABO

It is fascinating to see how an older, more fragile body moves with so much elegance and strength at the same time. And how certain techniques are still fully integrated.
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