BENDE MEANS BOTH MESS AND GANG. WE MAKE A MESS WITH OUR GANG. WE ARE CIRCUSBENDE.
We stand for disorder, contemporary circus, experimentation, for a society that thinks outside of the box and for refreshing encounters. It’s our ambition to give contemporary circus a position in public space, where everyone is welcome.
It started in 2018, when our first festival, in the middle of a heatwave, was hoisted into formation. This took place at the NDSM-warf in Amsterdam. We jumped from 40 tickets to a packed venue, from messing around to organizing and we wanted more. The following year the festival was at least three times as big, the wind was howling in our ears at force eight and a tornado shot across the IJ, but this did not spoil the fun- both inside and outside the air was filled with enchanting sounds, daring acrobatics and gleaming faces. In 2020 it was not the weather that took its toll, but a devious virus that came into play. So there was no big festival, but an outdoor program consisting of three weekends with short performances and workshops. And this experience we will take with us to 2021. And that is where we are now. Together with an all-inclusive festival team we roll up our sleeves for Circusbende festival 2021.
Circusbende was formed by Chiva Bons and Do Verschragen. In 2020 our promotional-parakeet, Lida Ladwig, was flown in and at the beginning of this year our producer, Toa Maes tumbled into the bunch.
More essential gang members are: Tamar, Britt, Ella, Bart, Jet, Alexis, Yke, Anja, Aukje, Elske, Els, Esther, John, Niels, Dick, Ilan, Elisabeth, Julie, Dylan, Marylka, Marijn, Suzy, Mark, Reinier, Taco, Adam, Erika, Renee, Alex, Robbert, Roos, Claire, Kevin, Terry, Bajka, Jasper, Wessel, Jente, Marly, Lisette, Berk, Patricija, Anita, Will, Rosa, Cjara, Pieter, Nico, Ruben, Ward en Ward.
Do Verschragen // circus director // email@example.com
Chiva Bons // circus director // firstname.lastname@example.org
Lida Ladwig // promo chief // email@example.com
Toa Maes // producer // firstname.lastname@example.org