Company

We are a collective of six internationally experienced Circus Artist who have come together to create a show. We all met at the “Academy for Circus and Performance Art” in Tilburg, Netherlands and graduated with a Bachelor of Circus Arts (2011).
We come from three different countries and all have successful carries as Solo and Duo Artists as well as performing in different collectives, companies and circuses. Between us we have collected more than a dozen important Circus Awards, amongst them two silver medals at the “Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain” in Paris.
During our worldwide performing we have always had the desire to get together again to share our collective experiences and produce something new and exciting.

Show

Common Ground - how we define the ground we share, the ground we communicate on, the ground we grow on, the ground where we can be both an individual and a group.
At first we are this particular group of circus artists on stage, determining our common ground with the audience. To take it further we are part of a society and part of humankind, were common ground is still the basic principle for communication and understanding and the construction of our common future. A future based on the acceptance of the individual freedom as well as the positive experience of the collective.
Common Ground - because together we are more than just a sum of individuals.

“Common Ground” is a contemporary Circus Show suitable for all ages, indoors and out.

Premiere: Summer 2019

Zinzi and Evertjan

Zinzi Oegema

Zinzi Oegema

Netherlands Hand-to-hand, FlyerCodarts, Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Zinzi started to do circus when she was four and just never stopped. When she graduated at sixteen she was in doubt about what to study; biology or chemistry. But in the end she decided to chase her dream of becoming a circus artist. Besides hand-to-hand, handstand and tissue she discovered a great interest in dance and has a minor in choreography. Recently she took the first steps of being a creator and director herself not only for her own performances but also from the outside.

Evertjan Mercier

Evertjan Mercier

Belgium Hand-to-hand, BaseACAPA, Tilburg (Netherlands)

Evertjan took his first steps into the circus world at the youth circus school of his hometown. After some wandering around the world and the start of a mayor in Archaeology, he came again in contact with the circus world, by chance. Circus would be everything from now on.

Duo Zinzi Evertjan

www.zinzi-evertjan.com

Zinzi and Evertjan started in the two different circus schools of the Netherlands, came together to work as a duo and graduated in both. The two combine their different backgrounds to create original and refreshing performances, in which they research relations and emotions between two people and present them in dynamic and spectacular partner acrobatics. They have been part of different contemporary circus companies and collectives as well as working in varieties. During the summer they perform their street show and recently they created their own indoor piece about identity and (in)dependance. From now on they are happy to throw themselves into this new collective.

Awards:

First prize at Solycirco, Sylt Special prize from the jury at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, Paris Bronze Star at Young Stage, Basel

References:

Les 7 doigts de la main Hyrrä TENT GOP TILT! Flic Flac Kleines Fest XY MEMO COMMON GROUND

Circus unARTiq

Andreas Bartl

Andreas Bartl

Germany Chinese poleESAC, Brussels (Belgium) Circus academy, Kiev (Ukraine)

Andreas decided to make his childhood hobby his profession and specialized in handstand equilibristic. Many years later he discovered the Chinese pole as a second circus discipline, mainly by autodidactic training. As he never stopped being curious about learning something new, he joint professional trainings in acrobatic rigging, rigging security and social circus training. On the other hand he trained Clarinet and Saxophone and graduated in social anthropology and science of education while working as a circus lecturer and doing stage organization.

Lisa Rinne

Lisa Rinne

Germany Swinging Trapeze, Aerial LadderACAPA, Tilburg (Netherlands)

Lisa started training in a gymnastic group and taught in a children circus during her adolescence. After graduating high school, she decided to discover the world of circus on a professional level. During her studies at ACaPA she found her passion for the swinging trapeze. In her solo act, she combines in a unique way two circus disciplines: swinging trapeze and acrobatic rope ladder, an original prop that she developed from scratch. Lisa wants to not only impress with the technical and innovative quality of her performances but also by the "joie de vivre" which she shares with her audiences through her love for flying.

Circus unARTiq

www.circus-unartiq.de

Lisa and Andreas have been producing shows and acts under the label of Circus unARTiq. They created an indoor circus performance as well as a very successful outdoor show. Besides that, they perform their acts all over the world. Lisa and Andreas try to combine techniques from performing arts with their original circus skills. The circus with its artistic diversity stays a great adventure and they will face the many new challenges in the future with the same enthusiasm and passion, which distinguished their performances so far.

Awards:

Silver Medal at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, Paris Silver Elephant at the International Circus Festival in Moscow Silver Lion in Wuqiao Gold Medal at the European Youth Circus Festival, Wiesbaden.

References:

Feuerwerk der Turnkunst Höhner rockin’ Roncalli Flic Flac Circus Krone Roncalli Urbanatix Tollwood Festival COMMON GROUND

Chris and Iris

Iris Pelz

Iris Pelz

Germany Hand-to-hand, Flyer

During her adolescence Iris had all kind of different artistic hobbies. She went dancing, loved to draw and played a lot of music. With seventeen she started to do partner acrobatics in a youth circus, which quickly became her main passion.

Christopher Schlunk

Christopher Schlunk

Germany Hand-to-hand, Base ACAPA, Tilburg (Netherlands)

Chris started in a youth circus at the age of twelve, trying all kind of different disciplines. He formed a little performance group with friends and decided after finishing high school to make his hobby his profession.

Duo Chris Iris

www.chris-iris.com

Chris and Iris met at ACaPA, both looking for a partner to develop their skills in hand-to-hand with. Since then they stayed together to train, create, perform and travel the world. They are known for their unique work, characterized by authenticity and freshness as well as the quality and precision in the way they perform their skills. Their main interest lies in contemporary circus, working in various companies and projects, but they have been always keen on altering the work field by performing in varieties and dinner shows as well. Now the moment has come, for the challenge and pleasure, of being part of this collective, deciding and creating together with a group of friends.

Awards:

Silver medal at Festival Mundial de Cirque de Demain, Paris First price at Newcomershow, Leipzig First price and audience award at Artistika, CH Audience award and two special prices at Young Stage, Basel Special award at the International Moscow Circus Festival.

References:

Cirque Eloize La Soiree Circus Monti Cyclope Urbanatix Akoreakro Circus Cirkör Palazzo COMMON GROUND

Bert and Fred

Bert and Fred have been part of the founding team of Common Ground. They are still supporting the company, but will not be on stage.

  • How common is the ground?
    Quite normal if you stand on your feet.
    But what if you are doing circus?
    When you stand on your partner, your ground is two hands.
    When you climb a pole, it’s a vertical line.
    When you hang on a trapeze, is the ground above?
    For us the ground is not common, but an unusual tool to work with. It’s what gives us reference, but also what breaks us if we fall.
    It’s not the height that endangers us, it’s the ground.
    Often we share a place in the air, but once back on the ground we go separate ways.
    Not so this time.
    We want to define the ground we share. The ground we build our trust on, the ground we communicate on, the ground where we can be both, an individual and a group.
    It’s ours and it’s yours.
    Welcome to this
    COMMON GROUND.

    I.P.

Contact

We're very happy to hear your ideas, proposals or questions concerning Common Ground.
Don't hesitate to get in touch!

General contact

Andreas Bartl, Evertjan Mercier, Zinzi Oegema, Iris Pelz, Lisa Rinne, Christopher Schlunk
mail@commonground.show

Booking

Ute Classen
info@ute-classen.de

Technical questions

Andreas Bartl
tec@commonground.show