In Cirkus Cirkör's new performance, seven female circus artists challenge traditional structures and hierarchies. Epifónima, which means exclamation in Greek, has been inspired by contemporary as well as historical women's struggles.

In Epifónima, the ensemble works across borders and co-creatively with the creative team. The performance is a work of art created by everyone involved. The ensemble consists of seven female circus artists from Greece, Canada, Palestine, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland.

"It is less than a hundred years since women gained the right to vote in Sweden. In our ensemble there are those who still do not have the right to vote in their home country. Thanks to centuries of struggle, we have been able to create this show with an almost all-female creative team. Every privilege and opportunity I have today is possible because of those who have gone before me." - Tilde Björnfors 

Right to one vote - voting rights
The music is composed by Rebekka Karijord, who previously composed the music for Cirkus Cirkör's performance Wear it like a crown. The music is mainly created by rhythms and female voices that Rebekka has collected from all corners of the world and which are mixed with the ensemble's own voices.

Limits and restrictions
Epifónima is a natural continuation of Tilde Björfor's recent performances Borders, Limits and Movements, which focused on borders, limitations and migration.

"We have already seen what war creates and the deadlocks it leads to! In this production, we want to explore what happens if we break the traditional hierarchies, think in circles instead of right angles, see each other at eye level instead of from the top down, and walk in widths instead of rows." - Tilde Björfors 

Tilde Björfors and Cirkus Cirkör's production Epifónima is inspired by women's voices, aspirations and ways of creating and organising themselves. The role models range from the goddess Ishtar, Hildegard of Bingen, The Begin movement and Pocket magazine R to today's fighters who Fatemeh Khavari and Tarana Burke. We want to highlight and celebrate the courage and values that have been required to bring about change. In humble admiration, we link ourselves to the long chain of women who have paved the way for us to be where we are today, with the ability to look forward.

Epifónima, which means "exclamation" in Greek, is a natural continuation of Tilde Björfors' recent performances. Borders, Limits and Movements which focused on borders, restrictions and migration.

The music is composed by Rebekka Karijord, who previously composed the music for Cirkus Cirkör's performance. Wear it like a crown.

Epifónima is produced in collaboration with Östgötateatern and created both in Cirkörhuset in Alby and in residence in Norrköping in August/September 2018.

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[T]he soft and enveloping mood that encompasses us all is hard to resist, an anything but separatist experience in this circular circus set with a lot of heart.

-Ylva Lager Crantz Spindler, SvD