• Circumstances
  • Indoor performance (blackbox)
  • Premiere: 14 October 2023
  • Age: +8 years

About the performance

GLORIOUS BODIES is an intimate circus and dance performance about the physical capacity of our body, about seeing and being seen, about the border between classical and contemporary circus with six acrobats, between 53 and 67 years old, with a past in the (more) classical circus. Circus history archived in the body.

Aging remains a taboo in our society and certainly within the circus world. Most acrobats stop training intensively after a certain age, just like top athletes do. How do the most perfect bodies transform? GLORIOUS BODIES highlights the process of aging in a unique way. Something that happens to all of us. Something that is, in fact, happening right now, at this very moment.

The roots of the performance can be found in partner acrobatics and movement. The focus is on the physical process of trial and error. The performance shows us the physical limits, the power of failure, the contrast between ‘wanting’ and ‘being able to’. GLORIOUS BODIES breaks down the clichés about older generations. A performance about the power of the aging body.

About the company

Piet Van Dycke graduated in 2018 as a choreographer from the Fontys School of the Arts in Tilburg. Since then he has worked as a dance and circus maker, performer, coach and teacher at various art organizations. He has been active for several years at dOFt, fABULEUS, Cie Woest, TeaTime Company and LAP.

He won the Jacques de Leeuw prize in 2018, was chosen as ‘most promising maker’ by reviewers Wendy Lubberding and Annette Embrechts in both 2019 and 2020 and won the BNG Bank Dansprijs 2021. Van Dycke’s work is characterized by the amalgamation of dance and circus, resulting in wordless circus/dance performances, for young and old.

Piet Van Dycke draws in his work from both contemporary circus and dance. This results in playful performances that stand out because of their original use of space, objects and bodies. He tackles his themes through the interaction between movement and acrobatics, creating images that energetically fold into different folds.

Contact Piet Van Dycke

Concept, choreography: Piet Van Dycke
Performers: Winfried Deuling , Astrid Schöne, Det Rijven, Wybren Wouda, Paul Griffioen en Johannes Fischer
Music: Kris Auwers
Installation: Arjan Kruidhof en Arjen Schoneveld
Dramaturgy: Marie Peeters
Technique: Casper Van Overschee
Executive producer: Sam Cunningham
Production: Circumstances


PLAN, Festival Circolo, DansBrabant, Cirklabo, Circuswerkplaats Dommelhof, PERPLX, Perpodium,
Special thanks to: Miramiro

With support of

The Flemish Government, Grensverleggers/deBuren

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