Fenja Barteldres is a German circus artist born in 1998 and specialized in Cyr wheel. After being a gymnast in her childhood, Fenja discovered her passion for circus at the age of 13. The fusion of dance, theatre, music and acrobatics appeals to her much more than the competitive nature of gymnastics. Additionally, she values collaborating and performing collectively. Being a solo artist though, she discovered a companion in her apparatus that she knows in every little detail like a friend. Their close relationship shows in her performance through deep understanding and playful dance, without any hierarchy between her dance partner and herself. 

Fenja’s circus career started  in a youth circus called Zirkus Ragazzi in Germany. At the age of 14, she discovered her passion for the Cyr wheel, which she is now specialized in. After graduating from high school, she attended Cirus Waldoni’s „Masterclass“ in Darmstadt. Her journey carried her further to Canada, where she deepened her basic skills joining the Année Préparatoire at École de Cirque de Québec. Following she came to complete her circus education with a Bachelor’s degree at Codarts Circus Arts in Rotterdam.

Upcoming Performances


Ab 08.10.2023 | GOP.  Varieté-Theater | Bad Oyenhausen, Germany | More

Cyrrealism Show Premiere

27.01.2024 | Soiree Perplx | Kortrijk, Belgium | More


07 Premiere/08/09 February 2024 | Schauspielhaus Bochum, Germany | More

Mai 2024 | Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Germany | More

05/06/ June 2024 | Flottmanhallen Herne, Germany | More



Cyrrealism Act

29.07.2023 | Wheel Jam |  Antwerp, Netherlands | More

Try-out performance „Cyrrealism“ Show + Feedbacksession


Place: Circusstudio Rotterdam
Address: Schiemond 20-22, 3024 EE Rotterdam

Reserve your free ticket by emailing: jordis@circusstad.nl   Uitnodiging Feedbacksessie Cyrrealism!

Work in Progress showing „Cyrrealism“ Show

04.05.2023 & 05.05.2023

Circusstad Festival

GOP.  Varieté-Theater Bonn

September 7th 2022 – October 28th 2022

Festival Circolo, BNG Bank Circus Award

October 30th 2022 | 17:00
Spoorpark Fontys Arena, Tilburg (NL)
„Cyrrealism“ – Graduation Act

Rode Hond Festival

November 3rd 2022 | 15:00, 18:00
City Theatre, Leuven (BE)
„Cyrrealism“ – sneak peek longer version

GOP.  Varieté-Theater München

October 10th 2022 – January 15th 2023

Current Projects

Cyrrealism Show

Life is not always what we want or imagine.
However, what may seem like an unfortunate situation ends up offering new and beautiful paths. The solo show “Cyrrealism” speaks of how these paths get discovered and new doors can be opened.

The Cyr wheel is a metal ring consisting of separate pieces usually tightly screwed together and used in its solid and round form. Fenja uses her apparatus without the screws, which makes it wobbly and unstable, questioning perfection. Thus, her wheel becomes a totally different device: Sometimes strangely curved, sometimes agile like a snake, and sometimes disintegrated into its individual pieces. The wheel stands as a metaphor to highlight life’s imperfections, proposing new perspectives that result in beauty.

In Cyrrealism, a whole world will grow out of a single metal wheel. The simplicity and perfection of a single round ring will be questioned and deformed into complex, imperfect chaos.
One becomes many, round becomes buckled, clean becomes dirty and confined becomes free.
There will be mesmerizing calm moments, satisfying rhythms in movement, beautiful stunning technique and a poetic relationship between the object(s) and the performer.


Outside eye: Kim-Jomi Fischer