Circus Days and Nights

The spectacle of circus meets the splendour of opera in a striking new work by Philip Glass and Cirkus Cirkör. Premiere: 2021.

  • Join a circus troupe on the road in a stunning show inspired by Robert Lax's poems. 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. It premiered in May 2021 at Malmö Opera.

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


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

  • Join the Circus!

    Robert Lax, Philip Glass and Tilde Björfors have all fallen in love with the circus. Lax left everyday life and traveled around with the Cristiani family. Tilde has dedicated the last 26 years of her life to the circus and Glass was longing and looking for a circus company to compose for.

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Ensemble & Crew

Foto: Mats Bäcker

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

  • Creative Team

    The performance is an all-embracing piece of art created by everyone involved - on and behind the stage. 
    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
    Circus Riggers: Mathieu Grégoire, 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


    Minna Weurlander accordion
    Viktor Nordliden cello
    Inga Zeppezauer violin,
    Blagoj Lamnjov clarinet,
    Oscar Fransson trumpet
    Martin Jönsson bass trombone
    Sigvald Fersum percussion

    Malmö Operakör


    CIircus artists  Hamadi Khemiri, Matias Salmenaho, Joel Roxendal
    Circus rigger Matt Horton

  • Malmö Opera

    Assustant Director: Melker Sörensen
    Stage Manager: Peter Tyllgren
    Technical Stage Manager: Pär Petersson
    Producer: Camilla Gustafsson
    Orchestra Manager: Martin Brommann
    Orchestra Personnel Manager: Kristian Svensson
    Managing Music Librarian: Magnus Johansson
    Music Librarian: Pontus Hambe Rubin, Benjamin Staern
    Orchestra Technicians: Patrick Bongart, Johan Palm
    Artist Manager: Elisabeth Boström
    Chorys Master/ Conductor: Elena Mitrevska
    Vocal Section Administrator: Bo Nordström
    Chorus Manager: Magnus Skoog
    Musical Preparation: Max Lörstad
    Repetiteur: Max Lörstad/Tomas Johnsson
    Managing Producer: Ingrid Fransson
    Production Coordinator: Hanna Nygren
    Language Coach: Timothy Augustin
    Prompter: Angelica Larsson Asp
    Assistant Artistic Advisor & Subtitles: Tor Billgren
    Text Display Operator: Tor Billgren, Boel Adler, Malin Levallius
    Head of costume, wig & makeup: Ulrica Lydahl
    Buyer/ Costyme Supervisor: Katarina Karlsson
    Distresser:  Susanne Nilsson Dahlberg
    Wig & Makeup Manager: Johanna Brandt
    Wig & Makeup Coordinator: Karin Amasalidis
    Running Wardrobe Manager: Christel Rönn
    Techincal Director: Fredrik Täck
    Head of Stage: Björn Winberg
    Scene Shop Manager: Erik Pilesjö
    Head of Sound: Svante Axbacke
    Head of Lighting: Daniel Bexell
    Set Dsign Cooridnator: Paula Sjöblom
    Scene Painting Coordinator: Agneta Persson
    Carpentry Coordinator: Anders Blomqvist
    Upholsterer: Ida Enebro
    Blacksmith Coordinator: Petter Ekström Forsberg
    Special Effects Designer: Magnus Nilsson
    Technical Designer: Anders Turesson
    Sound coordinator: Anders Ekstedt
    Light Board Operator: Katarina Hansson
    Prop Master: Kari Ståbi
    Stage Automation Operator: Alexander Olsson
    Light Technician: Mats Ödbratt
    Streaming Producer: Johan Eklund, Good Film
    Livestreaming: Patrick Bongart, Josefin Granqvist, Lars Hallin, Joel Bexelius
    Follow Spot Operator: Arash Assadi Khomami, Marta Banal
    Stage Technician: Patrick Larsson, Tove Johansson, Erik Nieddu
    Marketing Director: Carina Ostrander
    Project Manager Marketing: Sigrid Landström Petersen
    Press Manager: Torgny Nilsson
    Content Manager: Martin Paulsson
    Art director: Pia Lindgren
    Copy Writer: Sofia Samuelsson
    Web Editor: Anna Sigvardsson
    Photo: Mats Bäcker (performance), Martin Paulsson (portrait)
    Stage director & Artistic advisor: Elisabeth Linton
    CEO & Artistic Director: Michael Bojesen

    Cirkus Cirkör

    Assistant Director: Saara Ahola
    Headrigger: Mathieu Grégoire
    Truss Construction / Rope Wheel / Rigging Consultation: Mattias Lindström
    Shadowplay Concept: Peder Bjurman
    Shadowplay Construction; Jollify 4ever, Daniel Cheng
    Technical Consultant: Anders Amrén
    Manuscript Advisor to Tilde Björfors: Peder Bjurman
    Artistic Advisor: Linda Zachrison
    Assistant to David Henry Hwang: Ida Esmaeili
    Poster Photographer: Karolina Henke
    Live Photos: Mats Bäcker
    Trailer Filming: Johan Bååth, Johannes Ferm Winkler
    Techincal Producer: Jesper Nikolajeff
    Coordinator of Circus Technics: Fredrik Deijfen
    Marketing & Communications: Henrik Sundin
    Creative Producer: Camilla Hammarström 
    Head or Touring - Development & Collaboration: Anna Nerman Sylla
    Circus Equipment: Jesper Nikolajeff, Bruno Tardat
    Producer: Anne Koutonen
    Techincal Manager: Ola Fuchs
    Head of Arts & Production: Lena Kjellander Stockhaus
    Artistic Director: Tilde Björfors
    CEO: Elin Norquist