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.

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Outside eye: Kim-Jomi Alstadsæter

Music Production: Maria Di Pace                                                                    

Costume: Loek Cruchten and Nastasja Jagodić                                                                    

Light Design: Edwin van Steenbergen

Live Music and Composition: Flavia Escartin

Flavia Escartin, born in Gent and raised in a small village near Barcelona, began playing the cello at the age four. While her foundation lies in classical cello, she eagerly explores other styles: Scottish, Irish, American, Spanish folk music, and traditional jazz. Graduating from Codarts Conservatory in June 2022 under Jeroen Den Herder and Joachim Eijlander, she now studies Jazz Cello at the Amsterdam Conservatory. She collaborates with diverse bands spanning Contemporary Jazz, Free Improvisation, Classical Ensembles, Turkish traditional music, and interdisciplinary circus projects. Flavia is part of the Escarteen Sisters, Ayal, Hartwin Trio, Frida Trio, Java Collectief, and The Talking Hands. Since the summer of 2023, Fenja and Flavia collaborate for Cyrrealism.

It’s a dance with risk for both sides. We know our choreography but we don’t know the variations, we will encounter in the moment of the performance. On stage we create a symbiotic relationship: The sound I make comes from what I see. It makes me experience Fenja’s physicality and serves her as a reflection and amplification in return. She opens her wheel, I breathe: Inhale. Silence.“  

Cyrrealism can be booked as a „duett“ with live music, or as a „solo“ featuring a recording of Flavia’s composition on Fenja’s side.