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This is a fun and powerful act that seems to defy the laws of gravity. The modern trickline is combined with the traditional slackrope to create a unique act where everything is possible. Bouncing, swinging, twisting, flipping, rolling, balancing, upside down, on the feet, on the hands, on the rope, on the line, in the air! Watch the trailer of “Bounce!” below.
The slackrope becomes the scene for a story between a man and a fish in a bowl. What happens when the man comes home late one day? Does the fish still like him or will he release his anger? What will the man do to make things right again? How about a little walk on the slackrope together! Watch the trailer of “Piranha!” below.
I was born in Norway in November 1985. At the age of 6 I went to see a circus show with my mom and I immediately knew what I wanted to be; A circus artist! When I got home that day I started practising balancing on a rope that my father set up for me between our house and the fence in our front yard, and since that day I just never stopped balancing!
From 2005 to 2008 I studied at the Ecole Superieure des Arts du Cirque in Belgium where I got the best training I could ever dream of. After graduation until today I’ve been working with many of the most interesting companies around, including Cirque du Soleil, Circus Monti, GOP Variete-Theater and Cirque Baroque. In 2013 I’m on tour for the 2nd time with Circus Monti where I’m performing with my ‘invention’; The Slackrope/Trickline combo!
March – October 2013
I am currently on tour with the new Circus Monti show “popUp!” where I am performing my act “Bounce!”. During the season we will visit 44 places and play 260 shows in the German speaking region of Switzerland.
Sep – Oct 2012 / Bad Oeynhausen / Germany
May – Jun 2012 / Hannover / Germany
Nov – Dec 2011 / Essen / Germany
May – Jun 2011 / Münster / Germany
As part of the show “Short Cuts” I performed the most recent version of my act “Piranha!”. The show was directed by Dethlef Winterberg and contained a number of acts that told some kind of story, so obviously my story of the man with his goldfish suited the theme of the show!
Aug 2012 / London / England
I was contacted by the Olympics Committee because they needed someone to perform a sequence on a slackrope suspended between the towers of a miniature version of the Battersea Power Station during the London Olympics Closing Ceremony. To the sound of The Kinks’ ‘Waterloo Sunset’ I performed my slackrope sequence live in front of the 80.000 people in the stadium and all the people watching the ceremony on TV!
Jan 2011 / Paris / France
Considered one of the biggest festivals for contemporary circus arts today, the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain is an important scene in the circus industry where many organizers and talent scouts come to engage artists for their companies. It’s also a place for young artists who have recently graduated from circus schools to show what they have been working on the last couple of years. I proudly presented my act “Piranha!” and was awarded by the professional jury the “Cirque Phenix Award”.
Nov – Dec 2010 / New York / USA
Cirque du Soleil. Considered by many the number one circus today, contacted me to perform an act in their winter-themed show Wintuk in New York 2010. In Montreal I created the act with the help of the acrobatic coaches, artistic directors and choreographers before performing 85 shows during 6 weeks for a total of 250.000 people! The act told the story of man who lost his pants and had to retrieve them from the end of a clothes line, all in a funny and slapsticky way.
May 2010 / Basel / Switzerland
This festival is relatively new in the industry, but it’s one that has fast become one of the most important one because they only choose the most interesting and innovative acts around. My act “Piranha!” Was awarded the ‘GOP Award’ which included an engagement with the GOP Varieté-Theater in Germany.
Mar – Sep 2010 / France
Mar – Oct 2009 / Switzerland
My first long engagement after graduating from Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque in 2008 was with Circus Monti in Switzerland. It’s a circus that has become well known for it’s use of young artists and it’s also one of the few traditional circuses that has stopped using animals as part of their shows. Only human artists star in Circus Monti today.
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