Broken Body Ballet
When you take piano lessons, you play piano recitals. When you take circus in your high school, like the kids at St. Botvids Gymnasium in Sweden, you work with a company called Circus Cirkör on your recital, and it is called the “Trasiga kroppars balett,” or Broken Body Ballet.
The show played out like a cabaret, in which students from the school showcased their circus acts. It took two weeks to put together, and played three times. Directed by Victoria Dalborg, the Broken Body Ballet was a cast of twenty-odd students from St. Bodvids, all whose characters were given some kind of physical flaw. Blindness, a hunched back, or conjointedness with a twin… it is intriguing because, unlike classical Cirque Nouveau (made famous by the Cirque du Soleil company in North America), rather than being perfect onstage, this cast was doomed to imperfection. A poignant message, coming from a bunch of high school kids.