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DOCH's students shake the circus in My Own Bodies - Shaking the Circus

Pressmeddelande   •   Okt 24, 2016 15:59 CEST

In My Own Bodies Shaking the Circus DOCHs circus students shake the ground in a performance that mixes circus, dance and performance art in a joint trembling experience. The performance is based on a concept by Tove Sahlin who is also directing the show.

Shake is the smallest common denominator for all bodies – old, new born, ill, strong, safe and scared. People describe traumatic events in their lives as being shaky. We all shake in moments of fever, strong emotions and sexual pleasure. One can also shake it on the dance floor, shake off uncomfortable experiences and shake up a room with one’s presence.

In her solo piece My Own Bodies Tove shakes persistently for 45 minutes transforming her body in several stages and conditions. In Shaking the Circus, she takes the concept to the students of the Bachelor Programme in Circus in an intent to shake the performers and the virtuosity of the circus art! The audience will also be subject to a physical sensation of shake, not only through the performers, but also by means of sound, light and space.

Teeterboard, juggling, aerial acrobatics, tight wire, chinese pole and other spectacular circus feats are brought to the audience with an innovative and contemporary approach that is unique to the circus education at DOCH. My Own BodiesShaking the Circus is a performance and an experiment where circus students of high artistic and technical level explore how their shaking bodies can shake the circus.

1 December at 19.00

Other performance dates:
2 December at 14.00
2 December at 19.00
3 December at 14.00
3 December at 19.00

The performance is about one hour and takes place in DOCH’s circus hall at Brinellvägen 34.

Tickets will be available at from 28 October.

About the Bachelor Programme in Circus
The circus education at DOCH uses the skills and the artistic traditions as a foundation on which to build high level technical and artistic competences in new practices. At DOCH the students are given the opportunity to research their specific discipline and develop a personal expression. The aim is to educate circus artists able to make independent aesthetic choices and use their artistry to contribute to the development of circus art.

Our students and their visions will challenge the present and move the world!

About the director Tove Sahlin
Tove Sahlin is a performance maker and doer based in Stockholm and working in the field of dance and theatre both nationally and internationally. She works as a director, choreographer and performer in both commissioned works and within her own independent company Shake it Collaborations.

Lately she has been working as a director at Malmö Stadsteater, a choreographer at Backa Teatern and Folkoperan, and a performer at Damaged Goods/Meg Stuart.

Her last piece was called S.A.D. and premiered at Turteatern in September. 2015 she created Miss U with her whole family on stage. Her solo piece My Own Bodies was created 2013 and has since then been on tour to Beijing, Örebro, Viljandi, North Hampton and San Francisco.

Choreographer and workshop concept: Tove Sahlin
Music: Rebecca Neumann
Set design, light and costume: Josefin Hinder
Artistic sound technician: Hella Collett
Photo: Ben Hopper
Artist in the photo: Quim Giron
Participating students: Aino Savolainen, Aleksi Niittyvuopio, Andreas De Ryck, Arttu Lahtinen, Ben Collis, Carlotta Risitano, Damian Santibanez, Dea Lundström, Elisabeth Künkele, Felix Greif, Hampus Wallin, Jakobe Geens Jarno Polhuijs, Jean-Hicham Rahmoun, Kert Ridaste, Kipat Kahumbu, Leila Maillard, Philomene Perrenoud, Richard Sullivan, Saana Leppänen, Saska Särkilahti

In collaboration with Shake it Collaborations.

With the support of:
The City of Stockholm
The Swedish Arts Grants Committee
The Swedish Arts Council

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Den 1 januari 2014 etablerades Stockholms konstnärliga högskola. DOCH Dans och Cirkushögskolan, Operahögskolan och Stockholms dramatiska högskola har gått samman för att skapa en ledande internationell forsknings- och utbildningsmiljö. Miljön ska utvecklas i nära dialog med det omgivande konst- och kulturlivet, vara en dynamisk och pådrivande kraft för konstnärlig kunskapsbildning och verka för konstens betydelse för samhällsutveckling.