Tall Tales Company

Square Two

411-411-31-31-411 could be an algorithm, password or perhaps a curious arithmetical code. Instead, these digits are the starting point of Square Two, in which three jugglers and the audience follow a trail through a distinctive building, neighbourhood or unusual location in which the physical and numerical world coalesce to become one.

Based on the mathematical artwork of Dutch visual artist Don Satijn, Tall Tales Company explores how codes can be the basis of movements and juggling.

Square Two changes your perspective towards juggling, visual arts and your own familiar surroundings.

Facts & Figures

  • outdoor | indoor
  • walk act
  • Dutch | English | French
  • 8+
  • 55 minutes
  • 3 x per day
  • Website

Tall Tales Company creates visual circus performances in which object manipulation and acrobatics are used to tell stories. With a fascination for human nature, the company presents accessible performances with multiple layers: magical, with risk and a touch of humor.

Tall Tales was founded in 2012 by Harm van der Laan and Maartje Bonarius. Their collaboration already originated at the circus school Codarts Rotterdam where they specialized themselves in aerial works (Maartje) object manipulation (Harm) and partner acrobatics (together).
After a brief additional study in Toulouse, the duo decided to return to Rotterdam, their hometown. From this base they want the Netherlands to get acquainted with circus as an art form.
Under the leadership of theatre maker / dramatist Luc van Esch, they created Weg (2013), an acrobatic and poetic theatre performance about a couple trapped in a relationship. After this experience, they acquired a taste for creating performances and, together with Luc van Esch, they created Solo (2013), a piece about the (im)possibilities of romantic love and Langs (2017) a theatre performance about loneliness with juggling, (air) acrobatics, magic, dance and theatre.
In between, Harm and Maartje created together the performance Turbulence (2015) a family piece about a pilot and a stewardess who are going to fly without an airplane.

In One of these Days (2018), the makers duo opted for a more choreographic approach.
Together with Thomas Falk, they created a performance in which, for the first time, they also enter the stage with four performers.
In 2019, Bonarius and Van der Laan were the second circus theatre makers ever in Dutch history selected for the ‘new makers arrangement’ of the Dutch Fund for the Performing Arts.
Square Two (2020) is the first show to be created and played entirely by Tall Tales Company. A site specific performance in which juggling patterns and visual art merge.

Concept   Maartje Bonarius, Harm van der Laan
Visual Artist   Don Satijn
Performers   Joris de Jong, Sophia Oltmanns, Harm van der Laan, Maartje Bonarius
External Eye   Sean Gandini
Dramaturgy   Luc van Esch
Music   Studio Boeke
Text   Mischa Andriessen
Voice   Jasper Boeke (NL), Kevin Walton (EN)
Soundsystem   WG Theatertechniek

Rotterdam Circusstad

Fonds Podiumkunsten, BNG Cultuurfonds, Kickstart Cultuur Fonds, Gemeente Rotterdam, Norma Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht, CBK Rotterdam, Elise Mathilde Fonds, Mr. August Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds, Erasmusstichting

With the support of
Universität Münster, La Maison des Jonglages, Atelier Blanchefosse, Schouwburg de Lawei and Sea Change Arts

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