Circus Katoen


Creation 2021

Grasshoppers is a reproduction of the resilience and vulnerability of nature and the role that we as humans play in it. The 'living' green in this world has to endure a lot. With a turf in the lead, Circus Katoen is looking for a playful way to visualize this process. Grass is a living material and recognizable to everyone. On the one hand very vulnerable and on the other hand it can really take a few knocks.
In Grasshoppers, Circus Katoen removes a piece of green from its natural habitat and brings it above ground level using trestles, planks, rope and their bodies.
The audience follows the artists transforming the grass into an object that is literally mobilized, manipulated and controlled.
A portion of nature ends up in unnatural situations, a specialty of mankind….

Facts & Figures

  • outdoor | indoor
  • fixed place
  • language no problem
  • 8+
  • INdoor 50 - OUTdoor 45 minutes
  • 1 or 2 x per day
  • Ghent (BE)
  • Website

Circus Katoen is a Flemish company consisting of Willem Balduyck (BE) and Sophie van der Vuurst de Vries (NL).
They both met at the Codarts CircusArts in Rotterdam and graduated together in 2012.
Their shared love for nature, simple objects, visual humor and a search for individuality support their  creativity, and make these themes regularly return in their performances.

After Codarts they immediately created their first performance. The result was 'Ex Aequo', which toured almost 300 times across Europe, in cultural centers, and at circus- and street theatre festivals.
With the performance: 'As heavy as it goes' they became laureate of CircusNext 2015-2016.
CircusNext is a European platform for young emerging circus talent. "As heavy as it goes" played for example at the renowned Festival SPRING in Normandy, the Cirkopolis festival in Prague and at CCAF in Copenhagen.

Grasshoppers is the third creation of Circus Katoen and will tour festivals from spring / summer 2021. After 2021 the performance will be re-created and adapted to perform in theatres.

Artistic direction    Willem Balduyck & Sophie van der Vuurst de Vries 
Performers   Willem Balduyck & Sophie van der Vuurst de Vries 
Coaching   Kitt Johnson and Hanne Vandersteene
Artistic advice   Benjamin Kuitenbrouwer
Costumes   Lorelinde Hoet
Technicians   Margot Jansens / Bram Vandeghinste / Paul Roussier / Hanna de Vletter / Shira Lob

Vlaamse Overheid

MiramirO (BE), PERPLX (BE), Theater op de Markt (BE)

Atelier Blanchefosse (FR), Latitude 50 (BE), PERPLX (BE), MiramirO (BE), L’essieu du batut (FR), Subtopia (SE) Vlaams Centrum voor Circuskunsten (BE) en Theater op de Markt – Dommelhof (BE)