A magnificent musical circus show based on Astrid Lindgren’s story
– by Tilde Björfors, Maria Blom, Magdalena Åberg and Björn Ulvaeus.
Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus to music by Sister Luc-Gabrielle,
Vasilij Solovjov-Sedoj among others and previously released
instrumental music by Benny Andersson.
Pop House Productions and the Astrid Lindgren Company are celebrating Pippi Longstocking’s 75th anniversary in the summer of 2020 with a fun, musical circus show in collaboration with Cirkus Cirkör – PIPPI AT CIRKUS.
Björn Ulvaeus is the executive producer and responsible for the show’s lyrics to previously released instrumental music by Benny Andersson among others. The music will be performed live by a ‘flying’ circus orchestra.
Cirkus Cirkör’s founder, director and artistic director Tilde Björfors is the circus director and alongside her is Maria Blom, director and playwright, who is responsible for directing the actors. Together with Björn Ulvaeus, Maria Blom and Tilde Björfors have written the show’s script, which is based on Astrid Lindgren’s story of when Pippi, Tommy and Annika went to the circus and met the circus princess Miss Carmencita, the line dancer Elvira and the world’s strongest man Starke Adolf. Magdalena Åberg is responsible for the stage design and costume design.
- I had the privilege of meeting Astrid several times and her calm, confident radiance with a bright glitter in her eyes always made a deep impression on me. Västervik, where I grew up, is only 55 kilometres from her Vimmerby, so we are both Smålanders. I especially remember how proud I was when she said that I was ‘a real Emil’. I have the deepest respect for her work and hope we can present something she would have been proud of, says Björn Ulvaeus, Executive producer.
- Imagine being in the audience when Pippi goes to the circus; it’s totally irresistible! Pippi wants to play and not just sit in her place, so this will be great fun. We are extremely excited about this opportunity to share the strong, independent, fun and brave Pippi with this amazing company, says Olle Nyman, CEO The Astrid Lindgren Company.
- To present a circus performance at Cirkus is a dream come true. At last, the circus ring will be filled with circus acts! Being able to present a circus with Pippi, the constant defender of play and fantasy and the champion of making the impossible possible, feels like a perfect way to celebrate Cirkör’s 25 years and Pippi’s 75 years! Right now we are in the midst of a fun-filled but challenging process where the different art forms of the creative team meet, bump and rub against each other. Our aim is to create something new together that none of us could have imagined alone in our rooms. The full ceiling height of Cirkus will be used, both figuratively and physically! Pippi inspires us to dare to turn our different perspectives upside down and be more courageous, says Tilde Björfors, Cirkus Cirkör’s founder, director and artistic director.
Premiere and Tickets:
PIPPI AT CIRKUS has its premiere at Cirkus on Friday 26 June 2020 and will run throughout the summer. Tickets go on sale on Monday 25 November 2019 and can be purchased at www: cirkus.se
For interview inquiries and press photos regarding Björn Ulvaeus, please contact:
Stephanie G. Bonn, Zap PR
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For more information about Pippi at Cirkus, please contact:
Helena Iles, ILES PR
Mobile: + 46 (0)739 80 52 51
About Pop House Productions
Pop House Sweden was founded in 2014 and consisted of Pop House Hotel and ABBA The Museum. Since then, the group has grown with the goal to become one of the world’s top entertainment destinations. In 2017, Cirkus was acquired as part of this. Cirkus has Northern Europe’s largest theatre stage with a theatre capacity of 1,650 seats. The capacity will be about 1,200 when the floor is transformed into a circus ring. Since March 2019, Hasselbacken is also part of Pop House, which includes a hotel, restaurant and event and conference facilities. Visit: www.pophouse.se
About Astrid Lindgren Company
The Astrid Lindgren Company is owned by Astrid Lindgren’s children and grandchildren. The company manages all rights to Astrid Lindgren’s work; its mission is to disseminate and protect Astrid Lindgren’s authorship throughout the world. At present, 17 people are employed by the company, most of them specialising in different types of rights areas. Basically, the business is based on a love for Astrid Lindgren and her work. The company strives to keep Astrid’s values alive in its daily work, with the children at the forefront, with the highest quality, honesty and respect for the outside world, curiosity and openness to people and ideas, reliability, business acumen and a dose of Småland common sense.
About Cirkus Cirkör
Cirkus Cirkör is a politically independent non-profit association founded in 1995 with the goal to establish contemporary circus in Sweden, artistically and educationally, and to put Sweden on the contemporary circus world map. Cirkus Cirkör’s activities include performances on tour in Sweden and around the world, courses and educational programmes for the young, adults and the elderly with or without disabilities, upper secondary school programmes in contemporary circus and events for companies and organisations. Cirkus Cirkör also runs Cirkör LAB – a creative development environment for artists and creators from all around the world. Cirkör is a pun with the French Cirque and Coeur, circus and heart. In 2018, Tilde Björfors and Cirkus Cirkör received Premio Europe per il Teatro’s XV Europe Prize Theatrical Realities – the award ceremony is often described as the Oscars gala for European theatre art.