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“…a poetic and beautiful performance about fleeing and boundaries that places itself squarely at the centre of the most difficult period of our times”


Västerbottens-Kuriren, Sweden

Stretching physical frontiers,
Soaring beyond boundaries


In addition to transforming Big Top razzmatazz into an art form, contemporary circus in the Nordics has developed a distinctive aesthetic all of its own, where music, drama, dance, acrobatics, and multimedia are ingeniously integrated into perspective-widening social commentary. In Limits, Sweden’s largest cirque nouveau focuses on compassion and the global refugee crisis. Here, those fleeing for their lives, only to be confronted with closed borders, find their counterparts in the performers’ risk-taking aerial acrobatics, teeterboard wizardry, and possibility-pushing juggling in a jaw-dropping display of physical and mental bravery, resilience, and creativity. A galvanising production offering an inspirational route to fresh understanding on displacement, barriers, and the essence of humanity.

Limits Ensemble/ Crew
Circus Artists: Esmeralda Nikolajeff, Nilas Kronlid, Einar Kling-Odencrants, Sarah Lett, Peter Åberg
Musician: Samuel "LoopTok" Långbacka
Stage Manager / Lights: Fredrik Ekström
Sound / Video: Joakim Björklund
Stage / Truss: Fredrik Deijfen
Tour Manager: Irene Ramilli


Supported by Botkyrka Municipality, Swedish Arts Council, Region Stockholm, Stockholm City and SCANIA Coproduction with Archaos, Pôle National des Arts du Cirque Méditerranée


Photos: Mats Bäcker, Mattias Edwall, Einar Kling Odencrants

Tilde Björfors


Artistic Director and one of the founders of the Swedish company Cirkus Cirkör, Tilde has over 20 years of experience directing cross-border stage performances in opera, theatre, circus, as well as movies and exhibitions. She has directed a majority of Circus Cirkör’s large-scale productions, including Epifónima, Satyagraha, Limits, Borders, Knitting Peace, Wear It Like a Crown and Inside Out.

Her works have been presented on stages and theatres all over the world, and she has been given numerous prestigious awards for her artistic achievements, for instance, H.M. The King´s Medal of the 8th dimension with blue ribbon (Sweden), and the Premio Europa per il Teatro Europe Prize New Theatrical Realities.

Incorporating circus art into her creations has always been Tilde’s unique trademark. As a pioneer and a driving force, she is striving to establish contemporary circus as an art form in Northern Europe.

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    Want to safely create a human pyramid together with your friends? A brilliant way to enter the world of acrobatics, under the guidance of Cirkus Cirkör’s professional performers, while building up trust with best buddies.

    21.10    Mon    7:30–8:30pm
    Podium Workshop, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Administration Building

    Fee: $160
    Quota: 30


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    22.10    Tue    7:30–8:30pm
    Podium Workshop, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Administration Building

    Fee: $160
    Quota: 30

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    26.10    Sat    11am–12nn
    Podium Workshop, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Administration Building

    Fee: $160(Adult); $80(Child)
    Quota: 30

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Tilde Björfors
Artistic Director, Cirkus Cirkör

Anything is possible! Boundaries are meant to be crossed. Limits are meant to be exceeded! We human beings can do so much more than we believe, if we dare to challenge our limitations! That was the feeling I had when I giddily walked out of my first-ever contemporary circus show, the French group Archaos’ guest performance in Stockholm when I was in my 20s.

In France, a few years later, I understood that this was not an isolated event but part of an established art form–cirque nouveau. Here, the boundaries of the possible were being pushed. Here, there were practice facilities and even a contemporary circus college. Imagine if this had existed in Sweden when I was growing up? What would my life have been like then?

Maybe the fact that I was a fairly frightened person was what made the boundary-pushing inspiration of contemporary circus so important to me. If this could make me want to be more daring, there were likely others who felt the same. My friends and I began dreaming of bringing contemporary circus to Sweden.

The journey from being a few naïve, young people with a dream to what Cirkör is today (in the media often referred to as a “circus empire”) has been at once a tumble dryer and a roller coaster. Loads of hard work, risk-taking, sore muscles and growing pains mixed with magical moments. If there’s one thing we’ve seen proof of time and again, it’s that human beings have so much more capacity than we think. At Cirkör, we have created jobs for ourselves and others within a field that no politician nor recruiter could have imagined. We have seen dreams become reality, the fearful become fearless, the lost find themselves focused, chaos transformed into order and control issues morph into trust.

For several years now, in collaboration with brain researchers and circus artists, I’ve been trying to understand how boundary-crossing works, which is absolutely crucial to those of us who defy a limit. It depends on whether we are focused on the risk or on the possibility, before we could create something new or go where no one else has ever ventured.

During the fall of 2015, I was one of the many in Sweden who tried to welcome displaced people in a spirit of common humanity. I was involved in establishing a transitional housing facility and also opened my own home. Hundreds of people. Hundreds of boundary-crossers. Every encounter a new story, a personal tragedy. I became aware of limitations within myself and society. Several times, I felt that I could not take in any more. There was no room. But every time I started to shut my door, one of the most vulnerable souls showed me there was still hope. It felt as if my heart was stretching and growing a little. Suddenly there was room for more! Contrary to what we often claim, our boundaries are supple. Both our hearts and our brains have an innate capacity for growth.

There’s a big difference between a circus performer who takes risks of their own free will, and an individual fleeing for their life. Someone fleeing has no choice. Yet the way they handle risk is the same. A person fleeing knows what it’s like to be afraid, while at once being brave. They know that when you venture out into the unknown, it is only the belief that it is possible that keeps you going. That faith in oneself and others is a necessity; there is no other choice. Planning, preparation and organisation are all good, but to be able to handle all the unforeseen things that arise, it is even more important to be present in the moment.

It is shocking to watch Europe close border after border, when our circus has dedicated the last 20 years to pushing boundaries. The word “circus” is often used disparagingly, but I think the opposite is true – the world should practise more circus!

Play with the idea of the world as a body… Imagine that the task facing this World-body is to learn a new, advanced circus stunt. It is my conviction that if we exercise our World-body, we will become better at dealing with the risks instead of, as is now the case, focusing so hard on them that we become inhuman. No one is forcing us, but we can choose to accept this challenge! And yes, for a while chaos will likely ensue, and our current order will be jolted a bit. There is always a moment of disorder when something new is created and our brain neurons have to connect new paths. But if we all stretch a little, perhaps we can transform these risks into possibilities for all of us.

If we look in history’s rearview mirror, good things have generally come out of change. And usually, it is those who succeeded in maintaining a humane and compassionate perspective that we remember with respect! Imagine what the world might have been like if no one had ever taken a risk. At times a little breathing room might be a good thing. But to deal with the challenges we now face, it’s about time we get our World-body into intensive training.

Welcome to Cirkus Cirkör and our performance Limits.

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Auditorium,
Sha Tin Town Hall

25.10 (FRI) 8PM
26.10 (SAT) 4pm

SEAT PLAN
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Contemporary circus

$420, $320, $240*, $160*

* Some seats may have restricted view

Approx 2 hrs 15 mins incl an interval