5.6.2022. Sunday at 19:00

Big Hall of Pogon Jedinstvo

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Grasshoppers is a reproduction of the resilience and vulnerability of nature and the role that we as humans play in it. The ‘living’ green in this world has to endure a lot. With a turf in the lead, Circus Katoen is looking for a playful way to visualize this process. 

The grass is a living material and recognizable to everyone. On the one hand very vulnerable and on the other hand, it can really take a few knocks. In Grasshoppers Circus Katoen removes a piece of green from its natural habitat and brings it above ground level using trestles, planks, rope and their bodies. The audience follows the artists transforming the grass into an object that is literally mobilized, manipulated and controlled. A portion of nature ends up in unnatural situations, a speciality of mankind

Made and played by: Willem Balduyck and Sophie van der Vuurst de Vries
Coaching: Kitt Johnson and Hanne Vandersteene
Artistic advice: Benjamin Kuitenbrouwer
Costumes: Lorelinde Hoet


About the group

Sophie van der Vuurst de Vries (Rotterdam 1990) and Willem Balduyck (Lichtervelde 1989) both entered the circus world at a young age at the youth circus from Bruges and Rotterdam.

They met during their studies at Codarts Rotterdam Circus Arts, where they graduated in June 2012. They share their passion for nature, simple objects and for searching a unique style, in which they can express themselves through their own company: Circus Katoen.

After they finished their studies they created their first performance: ‘Ex Aequo’, with which they have been touring since 2013 in their homelands and abroad.

Their project ‘As heavy as it goes’, was premiering at Festival PERPLX 2017 (Belgium). With this performance, Circus Katoen is a laureate of CircusNext 2015/2016, a European platform for young emerging circus talent.

Circus Katoen’s performance in Zagreb, Split and Klanjec was supported by funds from the Flanders State of Art.

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