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CircusDanceFestival | May 20-29, 2023

The CircusDanceFestival brings an extensive performance program between contemporary circus and dance to Cologne at the end of May. Tents, stages and public places will be performed by international artists:inside. The focus of this year's edition: bodies in social negotiation, encounters with non-human bodies and our movements in architecture and space. Further border crossings and backgrounds are provided by the accompanying discussion program with feminist questions and critical perspectives on circus-historical colonial history.

Festival opening - City | May 20 & 21

For free & outside

Installative circus miniatures and moving bodies by Knot on Hands, the Barks Company and Sinking Sideway kick off the CircusDanceFestival 2023. In the middle of the city, everyday structures become tangible as the performers acrobatically reinterpret public space on stairs, columns and walls. With the help of an oversized futuristic apparatus, the pantograph, the air space is measured and weightlessness is tested. A dance-acrobatic gem is waiting to be marveled at in the White Cube of the Haus der Architektur.

On the festival grounds

With the first breath of summer air, the festival grounds in Cologne's northern district offer an opportunity to immerse oneself in the world of international contemporary circus and dance. Marvel, look, reflect, linger, discuss and get in touch. In the circus tents and under the open sky, a multitude of performances, installations and films attract visitors to the lovingly designed festival grounds on the Rhine. Whether in everyday life, at home, in the city or even concerning the whole world: our relationship to bodies is shaped in many ways. The artists take a critical and humorous look at this. The spectrum ranges from the profound preoccupation with pain, vulnerability and care in Elena Zanzu's piece, to the delicate dissection of male iconography by Alexander Vantournhout, to the clown-like performances by Marija Baranauskaité, in which sofas and ducks set the tone. Young signatures from circus and dance enliven the vertical in the 360°shorts - a highlight on the stage architecture designed especially for the festival. The fast-paced, installative short and silent film cabinet by Martin Zimmermann provides a brisk introduction to the colorful hustle and bustle. Starting in the afternoon, there are always other free program points to discover on the grounds - drop by spontaneously.


Some program points are free to discover on the festival grounds. For the other events, tickets can be purchased online. Remaining tickets are available at the information desk on the festival grounds. In keeping with the motto "Everyone pays what they can", there is a three-tiered, solidarity-based pricing system.

Reduced: 10€
Normal: 15€
Cultural support: 22€

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