KNOT is the internationally acclaimed circus and dance work by Nikki Rummer and JD Broussé. The performers interweave hand-to-hand circus skills with dance and storytelling in English in order to closely examine their own relationship. Physically exhilarating and touchingly poignant, KNOT is award-winning contemporary circus from London that is by turns daring and endearing.
How can we be honest with ourselves without hurting those we love? In KNOT, Nikki and JD tell the tale of an impossible choice, finely crafting a portrait of love and the struggles of commitment. Created in collaboration with award-winning choreographer Ben Duke of Lost Dog Dance Company, KNOT is a very modern affair told with delicate sensitivity through daring acrobatics and heart wrenching dance.
KNOT is a winner of the Total Theatre & Jacksons Lane Award for Circus 2019 and Herald Angel Award 2019, and runner up for the prestigious Carol Tambor Best of Fringe Award.
The show KNOT is presented within the series of guest performances PLAY. The program is a powerful and contemporary homage to circus. Young, up-and-coming companies from Germany, cool insider tips, and renowned award winners from the last festival year perform in the span of two months. The scheduled pieces represent a wonderful collection of different circus styles, are all outstanding creations, and a unique opportunity to travel the world of New Circus without a moment's stress.
“Great work, sophisticated, sexy and yearning.” Lyn Gardner for Stage Door
“KNOT is brutally honest and highly personal” Herald Scotland ★★★★★
“KNOT is a beautiful, touching show, performed with magnificent skill and so much heart.” The 730 Review ★★★★
"Is there a word for the love an audience can feel towards two circus performers? If not, there ought to be." The List ★★★★
Performers: Jean-Daniel Broussé, Nikki Rummer
Directors: Jean-Daniel Broussé, Nikki Rummer, Rosamond Martin
Dramaturg: Ben Duke
Choreography Mentor: Ellis Saul
Movement Mentors: Pippa Duke, Martin Corri
Light Design: William Ingham
Costume Design: Oliver Garcia
Music: Annobon by Aldo Romano, Louis Sclavis, Henri Texier; original music by Tim Lenkiewicz; Chopin Nocturne in F Minor – Op. 55, No. 1 (variation) by Chad Lawson, Portrait of a Man by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Sway by Dean Martin.
Producers: Split Second
KNOT is co-commissioned and supported by Jacksons Lane, Déda, Jerwood Choreographic Research Project II, The National Centre for Circus Arts, Arts Council England and Warwick Arts Centre.