Knitting Peace

Follow the threads to peace in an elegant stage show that marries breathtaking artistry with beautiful live soundtracks.


Skellefteå (SE)October 10 - 11Sara KulturhusTickets
Sundsvall (SE)October 24Entré SundsvallTickets

About Knitting Peace

Scientists believe that the striving for something better is what keeps us alive. The worst case scenario would be to achieve our goals without finding something new to pursue. Circus artists often strive to achieve the impossible. Is the pursuit of an impossibility the way to happiness? Is to strive for peace on earth, to strive for the impossible?

Can the effort itself make a difference?
Is it possible to make peace?

In this poetic circus performance, filled with yarn, tangles, ropes and threads, the artists try to knit their way to peace. Five circus artists create a magically beautiful world of ropes and yarns. Welcome to indulge in enigmatic music, sensitive poetry and a powerful quest for meaning.

”An aesthetic whole, a well-composed visual poem, executed with scenic, contemplative calm."


We Knit for Peace

During its journey around the world, Knitting Peace has engaged and met peace knitters who shared their works and thoughts about knitting peace. The amount of knitting that has come in has been overwhelming and it is clear that the combination of circus, striving and knitting has grown into a movement that spans several continents.


”Breakneck poetry in a homespun world. A charming and sympathetic work where the whole trumps the individual efforts – like stitches in a knitted piece.”

Dagens Nyheter

”An aesthetic whole, a well-composed image poem, executed with scenic, contemplative calm."


Physical skill in combination with beautiful poetry creates fantastic art.

El País

Knitting Peace at a museum, party or event

We have created Knitting Peace-inspired and personally tailored performances at, among others, the Nobel Prize Banquet, the Swedish Institute in Paris and the Army Museum in Stockholm.

Behind the Scenes

Cast & Crew 2022

Alexander Weibel Weibel: slack rope, equilibrist, violin
Aino Ihanainen/Joana Martinho: handstand, live knitting
Nathalie Bertholio/Sarah Lett: floor acrobatics, aerial acrobatics, roue cyr
Mikael Kristiansen: handstand, acrobatics
Tiziana Prota/Joana Dias: aerial acrobatics, singing

Samuel ”Looptok” Långbacka: Music, knitted livemusik
Ariellah Winther: Rigger/Technician
Lina Ståhl/Fredrik Ekström: Light technician
Therese Larsson: Sound technician
Vilhelm Montan Lindberg: Tour manager/Stage manager

Director and concept: Tilde Björfors
Composer & sound design: Samuel “Looptok” Långbacka
Set design: Fanny Senocq, Tilde Björfors, Stefan ”Drake” Karlström, Joel Jedström & the ensemble
Knitted set design & knitted costumes: Aino Ihanainen
Costume design: Anna Bonnevier
Mask design: Helena Andersson
Light design: Ulf Englund

Choreographic advisor & artistic coach: Cilla Roos
Scenographic painter & props: Tomas Helsing
Technical coordination & constructions: Joel Jedström
Circus construction: Ulf “Poly” Nylin
Assistant director: Maria Wallin
Assisting light design: Fredrik Ekström

Livephoto: Mats Bäcker
Posterphoto: Mattias Edwall & Karolina Henke

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

Producer: Lina Dahlgren
Technical producer: Fredrik “Fefe” Deijfen
Technical support: Joel Jedström, Matt Horton, Kent Andersson
Tour & International relations: Anna Nerman Sylla
Head of Arts & Production department: Lena Kjellander Stockhaus
Marketing: Henrik Sundin
Graphic design: Karin Roberts
Digital marketing: Tora Enkvist Carlander
Head of marketing & communication: Hillevi Berg Niska

The renewed performance of Knitting Peace is a collaboration with Borås Stadsteater 2022.

World premiere: January 24, 2013 in Marseille

to all the stage technicians who have tangled their way through the show. The producers, tour planers, and tour managers who have strived to bring the show out in the world. All the artists, supporters and knitting enthusiasts that have been involved in Knitted Peace and the preproduction Knitted Peace during the years.

Med stöd av Kulturrådet, Region Stockholm, Stockholms stads kulturförvaltning, Botkyrka kommun.

Cast & Crew 2020

Joana Martinho: handstand, live knitting 
Nathalie Bertholio/Sarah Lett: floor acrobatics, aerial acrobatics, roue cyr
Mikael Kristiansen: handstand, floor acrobatics
Tiziana Prota/Joana Dias: aeral acrobatics, singing
Alexander Weibel Weibel: slack rope, equilibrist, violin
Samuel ”Looptok” Långbacka: knitted live music

Rigger/technician: Ariellah Winther
Light technician: Fredrik Ekström
Sound technician: Therese Larsson
Tour manager/Stage manager: Vilhelm Montan Lindberg 

Original ensemble & co-creators Aino Ihanainen, Alexander Weibel Weibel, Ilona Jäntti, Jens Engman, Matleena Laine, Niklas Blomberg, Quim Giron