Circumstances is the circus and dance company under the artistic direction of Piet Van Dycke. On the one hand, it are always (wordless) circus and dance performances, in which Piet works as a choreographer with circus performers. And on the other hand, there is always created in/for/with other circumstances: location and/or theater performances from different circus disciplines, with children/young people/elderly,
for different target groups…
Piet Van Dycke graduated in 2018 as a choreographer from the Fontys School of the Arts in Tilburg. Despite the intense focus on dance during his training, his circus past remains inextricably linked to his makership. Not only his dedication and discipline, but also his choreographic signature have their origin in his earlier training as an acrobat.
His movement language is infused with fast, acrobatic partner work and the choreographies are always clear and mathematically structured.
At the beginning of March 2021, Piet was chosen as PLAN maker (2021-2024) with DansBrabant and Festival Circolo as main partners.
Promising talents receive support in developing their cultural entrepreneurship, building audiences and the visibility of their work. Transformation is being researched within the multi-year PLAN process. On the one hand, the transformation of space (EXIT, 2022), on the other hand, the transformation of the body (GLORIOUS BODIES, 2023).
With this PLAN trajectory, Piet also wants to bridge the gap between his Dutch and Flemish network.
“Piet Van Dycke draws in his work from both contemporary circus and dance. This results in playful performances that stand out because of their original use of space, objects and bodies. He tackles his themes through the interaction between movement and acrobatics, creating images that energetically fold into different folds.”
(Jury report BNG Bank Dance Prize 2021)
2021 BNG Bank Dance Prize (striking choreography talent)
2020 Most promising maker by Annette Embrechts (Volkskrant)
2019 Most Promising Maker by Wendy Lubberding (Theatre Newspaper)
2018 ’Jacques de Leeuw prize’