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Circus Katoen

As heavy as it goes

'As Heavy as it goes' had its première at Festival PerplX 2017. With this show, Circus Katoen is a laureate of CircusNext 2015/2016, which is a European platform for young talent. 

In As heavy as it goes Circus Katoen explores different aspects of physical labour. With the weight of 18 heavy bags as starting material they are looking to re-define their circus practice. As heavy as it goes is a composition of organizing and disorganizing, carrying and dropping and giving attention on finding playfulness when pushing their physical limits.

Weight has always been a key element in Circus Katoen’s practice, especially working with the equilibrium of their two bodies. With this performance they want to grotesquely elaborate on this element by using the bags as a challenge.

By and with: Willem Balduyck en Sophie van der Vuurst de Vries

Artistic Coach: Geert Belpaeme

Physical support: Kitt Johnson

Artistic support: Sebastian Kahn

Light design: Kris Van Oudenhove

Staging: Rinus Samyn and Kris Van Oudenhove   

Circus Katoen



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17/01/20 CC Zwaneberg, Heist-op-den-berg (BE)

18/01/20 CC Belgica, Dendermonde (BE)

27/06/20 PerplX, Marke (BE) - cancelled - COVID19

10/07/20 Deventer op Stelten, Deventer (NL) cancelled - COVID19

11/07/20 Deventer op Stelten, Deventer (NL) cancelled - COVID19


18/01/18 Smells like Circus, Gent (BE)

15/02/18 Cirkopolis, Praag (CZ)

16/02/18 Cirkopolis, Praag (CZ)

20/03/18 Spring Festival, Rouen (FR)

23/03/18 Spring Festival, Granville (FR)

09/08/18 De Donderdagen, Ninove (BE)

11/08/18 Theater op de markt, Hasselt (BE)

12/08/18 Theater op de markt, Hasselt (BE)

03/10/18 Room 100, Splitt (HR)

13/10/18 Rencontre des Jonglages, Parijs (FR)

16/10/18 Festival Circolo, Tilburg (NL)

17/10/18 Festival Circolo,Tilburg (NL)

30/10/18 Dance Blast, Abergavenny (UK)

01/11/18 CC De Schakel, Waregem (BE)

23/11/18 De Spil, Roeselare (BE)

30/11/18 Ter Vesten, Beveren (BE)


06/05/17: Try-out @ Rotterdam Circusstad, Rotterdam (NL)

07/05/17: Try-out @ Rotterdam Circusstad, Rotterdam (NL)

01/07/17 PREMIERE @ PerplX festival, Kortrijk-Marke (BE)

02/07/17 PerplX festival, Kortrijk-Marke (BE)

17/07/17 MiramirO, Gent (BE)

18/07/17 MiramirO, Gent (BE)

15/10/17 Bristol (UK)

17/11/17 Circusdriedaagse Maastheater, Rotterdam (NL)

17/01/19 CC Geel, Geel (BE)

19/01/19 CC Palethe, Overpelt (BE)

26/01/19 C-mine, Genk (BE)

20/03/19 Bora Bora, Aarhus (DK)

21/03/19 Bora Bora, Aarhus (DK)
26/03/19 CCAF, Kopenhagen (DK)

14/12/19 CC De Woeker, Oudenaarde (BE)


02/06/16: WIP CircusNext @ Theatre de la Cité, Paris (FR)


WIP CircusNext @ Theatre de la Cité, Paris (FR)


WIP CircusNext @ Vooruit, Gent (BE)


26/11/15 Work in Progress CircusNext Dommelhof, Neerpelt (BE)

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