Artist – Tilde Björfors

Tilde Björfors is a Swedish circus director, artist and researcher. She was the artistic leader for Cirkus Cirkör between 1995 and 2023.

Part of

Circus direction, Romeo & Julia (2002)
Direction, 99% Unknown (2004)
Circus direction, Havfruen (2005)
Circus direction, Momo (2006)
Direction, Inside Out (2008)
Direction, Wear it like a Crown (2010)
Direction, Knitting Peace (2013)
Direction, Borders (2015)
Direction, Limits (2016)
Direction, Satyagraha (2016)
Direction, Movements (2017)
Direction, Epifónima (2018)
Direction, God's Disobedient Rib (2019)
Direction & libretto, Circus Days and Nights (2021)
Circus direction, Pippi at the Circus (2022)


Every journey begins with a first step. Cirkus Cirkör's former artistic director, Tilde Björfors, took that step in 1995 - out on a tightrope and into a new art form. During her years in the industry, Tilde has had a leading role in establishing contemporary circus in Sweden. For her work, she has won several prizes and awards.

At 22, with a background in theatre, Tilde found her way to the Peking Opera in Paris and L'Académie Fratellini. Here, she stepped onto the rope and began a lifelong love affair with circus. In 1995, Tilde returned to Sweden and, together with Irya Gmeyner, Magnus Neideman, Matti Hechscher and Savannah Agger Forss, founded the non-profit association Cirkus Cirkör.

For his artistic efforts, Tilde was awarded the cultural prize from the Swedish publisher Natur & Kultur, His Majesty the King's medal of the 8th dimension with a blue ribbon, and the Reumert prize for best performance. In 2017, Tilde was awarded two prestigious awards: The Theater Critics' Theater Award and Expressen's Theater Award for Outstanding Theater Arts for his direction of Limits and Satyagraha. In 2018, Cirkus Cirkör and Tilde Björfors were awarded the XV Europe Prize Theatrical Realities European Theater Prize.