Limits

Are limits real or imaginary? Explore the reaches of human possibility in an explosive, thought-provoking show.

About Limits

We are capable of much more than we believe, if we dare to challenge our limits. For people in extraordinary circumstances, sometimes there is no choice but to take the leap.

The circus has long been a place to test frontiers and travel across boundaries. From traversing countries, to blurring disciplines, to touching the edges of what's possible with the body. At the circus, we're at home when we're not at home. So where better place to tell the stories of the displaced, of the struggling, and the astonishing resilience of fellow humans?

In an award-winning show, Cirkus Cirkör take dizzying risks, retell remarkable journeys and imagine a world without restrictions. 

Limits premiered in 2016 in Västerås.

Limits. Foto: Timisoara2021
Limits: Foto: Max Gordon
Limits. Foto: Franzi Kreis
Limits. Foto: Einar Kling Odencrants
Limits. Foto: Mats Bäcker
Limits. Foto: Mats Bäcker
Limits. Foto: Mats Bäcker
Limits. Foto: Mats Bäcker
Limits. Foto: Timisoara2021
Limits. Foto: Martin Hauer
Limits. Foto: Franzi Kreis
Limits. Foto: Mats Bäcker
Limits. Foto: Mats Bäcker
Limits. Foto: Mats Bäcker
Limits. Foto: Mats Bäcker
Limits. Foto: Mats Bäcker
Limits: Foto: Max Gordon
Limits. Foto: Martin Hauer
Limits. Foto: Franzi Kreis
Limits. Foto: Mats Bäcker
Limits. Foto: Mats Bäcker
Limits. Foto: Mats Bäcker
Limits. Foto: Mats Bäcker
Limits. Foto: Mats Bäcker

Reviews

a passionate portrayal of our shared humanity

DN

Limits is ultimately a mesmerizing, thought-provoking night of theater.

DC Theatre Scene

... an agenda to soften hearts about strict border policies" /.../ "this mission leads to fascinating art.

Washington Post

Exquisite circus poetry

SvD

Ensemble & Crew

Limits’ ensemble has worked across boundaries as co-creators of the production.

Touring ensemble
Saara Ahola – Acrobatics, aerial acrobatic and vocals
Anton Graaf / Nilas Kronlid – Acrobatics and teeterboard
Einar Kling-Odencrants / Oscar Karlsson – Acrobatics and teeterboard
Sarah Lett  – Acrobatics and roue cyr
Peter Åberg – Acrobatics, juggling and vocals
Samuel Långbacka / Thea Åslund – Musicians

Original ensemble
Saara Ahola acrobatics, aerial acrobatic, vocals
Anton Graaf
acrobatics, teeterboard
Einar Kling-Odencrants 
acrobatics, teeterboard
Manda Rydman
handstand, contortion
Peter Åberg
acrobatics, juggling, vocals
Samuel “LoopTok” Långbacka
musician

Creative team
Director and concept: Tilde Björfors
Text: Tilde Björfors, the ensemble, Nadia Ben Belgacem, Arash Dehvari, Kajsa Bohlin, Tatiana-Mosio Bongonga, Qutaiba Aldahwa, Javid Heidari
Composer: Samuel ”Looptok” Långbacka
Set design: Fanny Senocq, Stefan ”Drake” Karlström, Joel Jedström, Tilde Björfors
Costume design: Jonna Bergelin
Video scenography/projections: Johannes Ferm Winkler, Tom Waldton and Per Rydnert/Visual Relief
Lighting design: Fredrik Ekström
Sound technician: Fredrik ”Börje” Danielsson

Voice-over: Qutaiba Aldahwa, Javid Heidari
Choreography: Olle Strandberg
Make up design: Madelene Söderblom
Costume production: Hilda Junker, Jonna Bergelin, Emilia Esping
Constructions: Joel Jedström
Assistant director: Maria Wallin, with the support of Alexander Weibel Weibel
Assistant set and costume design: Emilia Esping
Filmed material: Malin Nicander, BLAM Ateliers, Visual Relief
Researcher: Pinja Lehtonen
Artistic coach: Alexander Weibel Weibel
Vocal coach/ vocal arrangements: Maja Långbacka
Sound/video: Joakim Björklund
Stage/truss: Kasper Holm
Lights: Fredrik Ekström /Casper Wijlhuizen
Tour manager: Irene Ramilli
Technical manager: Stefan ”Drake” Karlström
Production managers: Amy Fee, Sara de Vylder

Limits was partly developed in residence at The Watermill Center, USA – a laboratory for performance – during the fall of 2015, as well as in residence at Västmanland's Teater in the spring of 2016.

Limits is a coproduction with Archaos, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque Méditerranée. Limits is the sequel to Borders, performed at Malmö City Theatre in May and June 2015.