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Sawdust Symphony

Craftsmanship confronting circus.


Sawdust Symphony is a circus performance in which Michael Zandl, David Eisele and Kolja Huneck combine their passion for crafting, fresh wood and object manipulation.

This piece talks about the human desire to create: the process from vision to construction, the tragedy of work and the relationship between tools and humans. Obsessed characters discover and transform their space and themselves to take the spectator into a unique DIY experience.


Sawdust Symphony is an intense dialogue between satisfaction, frustration and the smell of gasoline.

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The artists

Michael Zandl, David Eisele and Kolja Huneck graduated 2017, 2018 and 2019 from Codarts Circus Arts in Rotterdam and became good friends with complementing artistic approaches. Through the process of creating their individual solo pieces 'Janus', 'Cycle' and 'CM_30', Michael, David and Kolja discovered their passion for building and crafting. This is what brings them together to create as a collective.


info & credits

Duration: 60 min.

Minimum age: 8+

Date of creation:

theatre/frontal stage version: 24 September 2021, Korzo, The Hague (NL)

outdoor/circular version: June 8, '22, 33rd edition of the Furies festival, Châlons-en-Champagne

authors + performers: Michael Zandl, David Eisele, Kolja Huneck

artistic advice: Lucho Smit, Darragh McLoughlin

sound design: Juliano Abramovay, Lasse Munk

light design: Sanne Rosbag

stage design/special effects: Philipp Dünnwald, Michael Zandl

technicians: Roland Kumpl, Stephan Kalod, Casper van Overschee


produced by: Korzo (Mirjam Zwanenburg)

funded by: Federal Chancellery Republic of Austria, Dutch Ministry of Culture, Municipality of The Hague (NL)

co-produced by: Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof - Theater op de Markt, Le Palc - Pôle national cirque - Châlons-en-Champagne

partners/residencies: Latitude 50 - Pôle des arts du cirque et de la rue, Werkplaats Diepenheim, Dynamo - Workspace for circus and performing arts, La Transverse - Scène Ouverte aux Arts Publics, Gutsverwaltung Fischhorn, TENT
special thanks to: Christine & Josef Zandl, Batist van Baekel, Daniel Beiter, Birgit Haberkamp

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