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Custom-designed contemporary circus

This spring, students from the Cirkus Cirkör Upper Scondary School and the Designgymnasiet in Sickla worked with the picture book The Arrival, by the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award Laureate Shaun Tan. On June 8, you can see the results in the form of a 30-minute contemporary circus at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm.

What happens when literature is transformed into contemporary circus and costume?

We invited the Cirkus Cirkör Upper Secondary School and Designgymnasiet in Sickla to collaborate to find out.

The 24 upper secondary school students spent the spring reading different books by ALMA laureates before settling on Shaun Tan’s The Arrival (2006), a wordless picture book about an emigrant family waiting for a new life to begin. Inspired by images from the book, Cirkus Cirkör students created a variety of scenes which they will perform in costumes designed and sewn by first-year students at Designgymnasiet in Sickla.

See the show

Performance times: June 8 at 2 PM, 3:15 PM and 5 PM
Venue: Studion, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern
Length: About 30 minutes
Book tickets here

Stage performers:

Students from the Contemporary Circus Program at Cirkus Cirkörs Upper Secondary School: Antonia Djurestad Kolocoudias, Edvin Broms, Elisa Franzen, Khaled Mohamad, Selma Berge and Tuvia Andersson.


Created by Class H20 in the Craft Program with the Specialization in Textile Design at Designgymnasiet i Sickla: Anhelina Arkhipova, Alva Borgenstierna Ploski, Ploy Aritsara Chaiwong, Astrid Degsell, Ebba Ekbom, Diego Fernandez Choque, Rebecca Forsell, Linnéa Frejd, Elliot Grûnewald, Tindra Leiderman, Ana Marusciac, Hanna Matajzik Karlsson, Bilguunzaya Nasanjargal, Hugo Saeed, Olivia Sannerholm, Hedvig Ströberg, Yume Estelle von Peltzer and Mattis Wendleman.

Photo credit: Freja Nyström.