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Below Zero


Circus theater

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Maaspodium , Rotterdam
From € 9,00
Maaspodium , Rotterdam
From € 9,00

PACE is the first production of the Scandinavian made circus company Below Zero. The show is an intimate duett with the hand to hand couple Axel and Sara. It touches on the idea of relationships - status, power imbalances, consent, and equality. Though the show concerns a lot of heavy subjects the piece is filled with humour, warmth, feelings, original movements and the highest level of modern circus.

To see PACE is seeing our human heritage. It’s a story of two people as well as a story about society, of equality, where society is going and where we wish society as a whole can go. With music ranging over different genres the soundscape is unpredictable which makes the performance even more alive as electric beats mixes with Scandinavian folk music.

With a simple yet impressive scenography PACE makes the stage come alive. From small intimate spaces to huge rooms with walls staring down at the artists, the scenography changes in an organic way together with the performance. The gentle light that the fatigued fabric imposes on the space creates a bridge between the industrial doorframe of solid steel and the human fragility of the artists bodies.


This performance is part of the Circusvierdaagse/ Circus4days at Maaspodium. Four days of circus theater! Combo tickets are also available to watch multiple performances. More info coming soon!

About the makers

During the summer of 2018 four circus artists set sail in the Swedish archipelago. When they came back to shore, the dream of Below Zero had come to life. Below Zero is a Swedish circus company that is doing modern and innovative circus arts performances. The company’s first piece PACE got high praise after it’s premiere in 2019 and for 2020 the company is going further, growing bigger and premiering their second piece; KORUS.

The cold weather of Sweden shapes the company’s artistic expression as creating warmth and human contact in many ways characterizes Below Zero. The company’s name is inspired by the circus artists ability to look weightless in their actions, flying almost like falling snowflakes, time can seem to be frozen and weight non-existing. 

Below Zero consists of four individuals with a similar past but entirely different careers. Klara Sköldulf Philipp, a tight wire artist who’s inspired by nature has been working on site specific performances and social circus. Axel Ahl and Sara Runsten have been performing their hand to hand duo with clowns without borders as well as corporate events, always looking for emotion in physical practice. Lukas Ivanow has toured his teeterboard act around the world, winning the esteemed Grand Prix at Cirque De Demain and performed for some of the biggest companies in the world. Constantly feeding from his movement and playfulness. Even though Below Zero is based in Stockholm, we work globally.


Performers (concept & interpretation):

Axel Ahl (SE) and Sara Runsten (SE/ESP)

Scenography & Light Design:

Joel Jedström (SE), Saara Ahola (FIN), Evelina Jensen (SE), Villhelm Montán Lindberg (SE)


The University of Dance and Circus (SE), Benjamin Richter (DE), With support from The City of Stockholm (SE)

Video and Photo:

Isak Stockås (SE)

Special Thanks:

Saska Särkilahti (FIN/SE), Fanny Senocq (SE), Pau Portabella (ESP), Christina Simpson (SE), Johan Kivi (SE)

Sara grew up in the suburbs of Stockholm. With a multi-cultural family it’s not surprising that she has a broad view on the arts, although her Spanish heritage hasn’t helped her during the cold winters. She started practice circus at thirteen years old when the lack of creative thinking in sports disappointed her, and since then her creative process has been on going. More than once Sara has been told she is a female version of Charlie Chaplin, but she would rather describe herself as a jumping jack.

Axel grew up on the Swedish countryside where the blistering cold stays for the majority of the year. He found love for stage art performances in his early life and he loved it all, acting, dancing, musical theatre and concerts. As a fourteen year old he saw his first contemporary circus show and fell in love with the art form. Since then, he’s dedicated his life to explore the art that is contemporary circus. Axel is never cold and everybody knows he’s strong as a bear.

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