Sawdust Symphony

Michael Zandl | David Eisele | Kolja Huneck



Craftsmanship confronting circus.


Sawdust Symphony is a circus performance in which Michael Zandl, David Eisele and Kolja Huneck combine their passion for crafting, fresh wood and object manipulation.


This piece talks about the human desire to create: the process from vision to construction, the tragedy of work and the relationship between tools and humans. Obsessed characters discover and transform their space and themselves to take the spectator into a unique DIY experience.


Sawdust Symphony is an intense dialogue between satisfaction, frustration and the smell of gasoline.



"Sawdust Symphony is unique; I have not seen anything like it on stage, in the circus ring or anywhere else. There were echoes of Dada, Samuel Beckett and even Alien but there were moments of breathtaking brilliance, inspired originality and astounding wit. Brilliant, absolutely brilliant."






Théâtre Jean Arp

Clamart - France





Toneelschuur Haarlem

Haarlem - Netherlands



Cultureel Centrum Corrosia

Almere - Netherlands



Podium Hoge Woerd

Utrecht - Netherlands



La Transverse

Corbigny - France



Theater Bellevue

Amsterdam - Netherlands



Lieve Vrouw

Amersfoort - Netherlands



Espace Germinal

Fosses - France



Scène Nationale de l'Essonne

Evry - France



Recontre des Jonglages

La Courneuve - France



Ins Blau

Leiden - Netherlands




Michael Zandl, David Eisele and Kolja Huneck graduated 2017, 2018 and 2019 from Codarts Circus Arts in Rotterdam and became good friends with complementing artistic approaches. Through the process of creating their individual solo pieces 'Janus', 'Cycle' and 'CM_30', Michael, David and Kolja discovered their passion for building and crafting. This is what brings them together to create as a collective.


Michael Zandl

Michael Zandl is a circus creator and performer from Austria and graduated from Codarts Circus Artsin Rotterdam in 2017.
His work reflects his passion for absurd situations and subtle humor. He finds these tools a powerful source of expression.
Technical intricacies and special effects are at the rendezvous of his shows. Building the scenography, props and illusions by himself is a full-fledged part of his creation process.
In 2021 Michael started as a house choreographer of Korzo Theatre in Den Haag and is currently touring Sawdust Symphony and his solo piece Janus.


David Eisele

David Eisele was born and raised in Freiburg and is an energetic person with a very wide view on the art form he is part of. Circus gives him the opportunity to express his fantasies and gives him space to let his energy ow in a beautiful way. Researching the possibilities of combining and redefining his circus discipline, the diabolo, not just with other elements from circus, but with everything that occurs in his life as a circus artist.

After graduation from Codarts in 2018 he produced and is touring his full-length solo performance CYCLE.

Kolja Huneck

Kolja Huneck is circus author and performer from Munich, Germany and graduated in 2019 from Codarts Circus Arts in Rotterdam. Currently, the focus of his work and interests are on contemplative circus pieces and alternative dramaturgies that stimulate thoughts or provide ephemeral sensory impressions. His signature objects are vinyl records and self-developed disks. Besides working in the collective with Sawdust Symphony, he is touring his solo piece 'CM_30'.


Authors + performers:   David Eisele, Kolja Huneck, Michael Zandl

Artistic advice:   Lucho Smit, Darragh McLoughlin

Sound design:   Juliano Abramovay, Lasse Munk

Light design:   Sanne Rosbag

Stage design/Special effects:   Philipp Dünnwald, Michael Zandl

Technicians:   Wilbert van den Boogert, Roland Kumpl

Marketing/Publicity:   Diana Weber

Production:   Mirjam Zwanenburg


Produced by: Korzo Den Haag

Funded by: Federal Chancellery of Austria

Co-produced by: Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof - Theater op de Markt

Le Palc - Pôle national cirque - Châlons-en-Champagne


Partners/residencies: Latitude 50 - Pôle des arts du cirque et de la rue, Werkplaats Diepenheim,

Dynamo - Workspace for circus and performing arts, La Transverse - Scène Ouverte aux Arts Publics,

Gutsverwaltung Fischhorn, TENT


Special thanks to: Christine & Josef Zandl, Batist van Baekel, Daniel Beiter, Birgit Haberkamp



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