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Cirkus Cirkör’s new performance Epifónima finds its inspiration in women’s voices, endeavors, ways of creating and organizing themselves.
“… the gentle and enveloping feeling that encompasses all of us is difficult to resist and is anything but a separatist experience in this circular circus creation with a big beating heart.”
Seven women circus artists highlight and honor the courage and values necessary to bring about change. Epifónima, which means ”exclamation” in Greek, is a natural extension of Tilde Björfors’ recent productions Borders, Limits and Movements, all centered around the themes of boundaries, limitations and migration.
“Less than 100 years have passed since women in Sweden were given the right to vote. Indeed, in our ensemble, there are women who still do not have voting rights in their homelands. Thanks to centuries of struggle, it is now possible for us to bring to life this production with an essentially all-female creative team. Every privilege and opportunity that I have today was made possible by those who came before me.”
The right to a voice
The production’s music will be composed by Rebekka Karijord, who previously wrote the music for Cirkus Cirkör’s Wear it like a crown. The composition will primarily build on rhythms and women’s voices that Rebekka has gathered from the four corners of the earth and that will be blended with the ensemble’s own voices.
Limitations and boundaries
Epifónima is a natural extension of Tilde Björfors’ recent productions Borders, Limits and Movements, all centered around the themes of boundaries, limitations and migration.
”Clearly, we have already witnessed the havoc that war wreaks and the deadlock it leads to! In this production, we want to explore what happens if we break up the traditional hierarchies, think in circles rather than right angles, look one another in the eye instead of up and down, walk side by side rather than single file.
In Epifónima the ensemble will work across boundaries as co-creators together with the creative team behind the production. The performance is an all-embracing artwork created by everyone involved. The ensemble consists of seven women circus artists with roots in Canada, Greece, Palestine, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland.
World premiere on September 7 2018 at Östgötateatern in Norrköping
Epifónima is produced in collaboration with Östgötateatern and is created both at the Cirkör House in Alby and in residency in Norrköping Aug/Sep 2018.
Creative team and ensemble
A list of everyone involved in creating Epifónima is found here
Marianne Ahnlund Technician, rigging
Lisa Angberg Artist
Eirini Apostolatou Artist
Joakim Björklund Sound technician & stage manager
Kajsa Bohlin Artist & text
Liv Karlsson Technician & props
Sarah Lett Artist
Vilhelm Montán Lindberg Technician, lights
Ashtar Muallem Artist
Lucie N’Duhirahe Artist
Irene Ramilli Assistant Director & Tour manager
Jessica Thorzén Driver
Karolina Wojtowicz Artist & text
Jonna Bergelin Costume Designer
Tilde Björfors Director
Marta Forsberg Sound Designer
Susanna Hedin Lighting Designer, Lumination of Sweden
Rebekka Karijord Composer
Anna Lagerkvist Pole- and clown coaching
Kajsa Lindgren Sound Designer
Linda Sandberg Make-up design
Fanny Senocq Set Designer & props
Nandi Vileika Vocal coach
Methinee Wongtrakoon Choreographer