Circus Days and Nights

The spectacle of circus meets the splendour of opera in a striking new work by Philip Glass and Cirkus Cirkör.

Om Circus Days and Nights

Join a circus troupe on the road, in a stunning show inspired by the poems of Robert Lax. From magical moments to daily struggles – Circus Days and Nights spirits audiences into the extraordinary everyday of a circus performer, and beyond to greater questions about life itself.

Written by the legendary composer Philip Glass in collaboration with Cirkus Cirkör, Circus Days and Nights is a boundary-blurring performance that weds the spectacle of the circus with the splendour of the opera.
Circus Days and Nights premiered in May 2021 at Malmö Opera. The show is available for touring from 2024.

Philip Glass turns the circus into opera that’s magical and profound



Officiell trailer för Circus Days and Nights

A genre-bending spectacle inspired by a passion for circus and life. Experience the amalgam of poetry, opera and circus.


It’s quite a spectacle, and one of a kind certainly

The Guardian

Together, Glass and Björfors and the entire cast and crew have created a show that is far more than the sum of its parts and is a declaration of love to life and creativity.


Explicit and beautiful when Glass captures the circus life


Cast & crew

The performance is an all-embracing piece of art created by everyone involved - on and behind the stage. 

Creative Team

Music: Philip Glass
Libretto: David Henry Hwang & Tilde Björfors
Based on the poems of Robert Lax
Conductor: Minna Weurlander
Director & Concept:  Tilde Björfors
Set & costume: Magdalena Åberg
Choreography: Simon Wiborn & Methinee Wongtrakoon
Light: Ellen Ruge & Robert Hvenström
Sound: Avgoustos Psillas
Rigging design: Saar Rombout


Young Robert Lax: Elin Rombo / Margaux de Valensart
Old Robert Lax: Jakob Högström / Anton Ljungqvist
Robert Lax as a child: Methinee Wongtrakoon
Mr Cristiani ringmaster: Simon Wiborn
Mrs Cristiani ringmaster: Karolina Blixt
Mogador eldest son Cristiani, aerial acrobat: Nikolas Pulka
Belmonte, second son, acrobat: Aaron Hakala
Paraito: youngest son, acrobat: Andreas De Ryck
Bruno, former circus star: Lars Johansson Brissman
Julia, sideshow artist: Susanna Stern
Enrico Rastelli, juggler: Peter Åberg
La Louisa, trapeze artist: Pierre Heault
Penelope, aerial acrobat: Bia Pantojo
The Orphan, a lion tamer: Methinee Wongtrakoon


Mathieu Grégoire & Saar Rombout


Minna Weurlander accordion
Viktor Nordliden
Inga Zeppezauer
Blagoj Lamnjov
Oscar Fransson
Martin Jönsson
bass trombone
Sigvald Fersum