TENT house for contemporary circus

Saar Rombout was born in Amsterdam in 1989. She obtained a BA Honors degree in Circus and Performance Art from ACAPA (NL, 2012), then an MFA in Contemporary Circus Practices from DOCH (SE, 2020). In 2021, she studied Narrative Design at SKH (SE).

Sianna Bruce was born in Scotland in 1991 and graduated with a BA honours degree in Dance from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 2013. She is currently studying part-time to obtain an Msc in Education for Sustainable Development.

We met in 2012 at the Irish Aerial Dance Festival where we were both teachers and performers. We performed together for the DOCHS MFA graduation show and in a research presentation with ropes and suspension at the European Aerial Dance Festival 2020. 

As we both underwent surgery in October, this project uses our previous knowledge in Vertical Dance and creative rigging to explore the question "What changes when a circus body is not in perfect shape?". We want to experiment with forces and weightlessness to enable movements that the injured body would otherwise not be able to do. Besides the physical challenge, we also look at the psychological consequences, both as a performer and from the audience's perspective. Can the fragility of the no longer possible open new doors for unexpected movement?

Saar met the TENT directors during her youth training at circus Elleboog and has been involved since the start, including being a house rigger for a period. Being a Maker for a Week is the first step in our research process and we look forward to this opportunity to work together again.

What changes when a circus body is not in perfect shape? A physical and mental exploration of using suspension as a method for rehab


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