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Nikki & JD: Knot

Running Time: Fri 27 Mar, 8.30pm. 55min
Price: £15 (£14)
Certificate: 6+

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About this event

Physically exhilarating and touchingly poignant, Knot is the internationally acclaimed circus and dance work by Nikki Rummer and JD Broussé. These talented performers use hand-to-hand circus skills to tell the tale of an impossible choice: How can we be honest with ourselves without hurting those we love? Knot is a finely crafted theatrical journey through 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 breath-taking acrobatics and heart wrenching dance.

About Nikki & JD

Nikki & JD an acrobatic duo with a unique blend of skills in circus and contemporary dance. Since the beginning of their collaboration they have sought to push and refine our use of hand-to-hand acrobatics, dance and storytelling. Their mission is to achieve strong storytelling while dancing what needs to be danced. They believe that acrobatics and movement are two ingredients that should support, and not distract, from the stories we tell. 

With support from the Jerwood Choreographic Research Programme (JCRP II) in 2016-2017, we discovered new ways to combine hand-to-hand and dance within choreography. We continue to innovate with our acrobatics and movement to increase their usefulness in telling tales.

In 2016, their first show, Knot, premiered as a 20-minute piece at The Place’s Resolution festival, London, and was selected by Crying Out Loud to join a 2016 tour with the Circus Evolution Programme. Since then, Knot has been awarded a place at the prestigious CIRCa Festival in Auch (Oct 2017), and 2018 Avignon OFF Festival, France, as part of the Spotlight UK programme.

In 2018, Knot was extended into a full-length piece and has received international acclaim as part of the Seoul Circus Festival in South Korea and Bird Theatre Festival in Tottori, Japan. In 2019, Knot toured the UK and was at the Ediniburgh Fringe where it received the Jacksons Lane and Total Theatre Award for Circus.
They have also performed with Barely Methodical Troupe in the company’s production, Kin, which premiered at the Roundhouse’s Circus Fest 2016.

They performed with Taiwan’s circus company, FOCA, in April 2017; and became finalists in 2015’s Circus Maximus Udderbelly competition. In 2019, they performed in Nosedive by Ellie Dubois, the Samuel Beckett Award show at the Barbican.

They are Associate Artists at Deda, Derby & Jacksons Lane, London.


great work, sophisticated, sexy and yearning
Lynn Gardner for Stage Door
Is there a word for the love an audience can feel towards two circus performers? If not, there ought to be.
★★★★ The List

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