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."




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 grew up at the black forest near Freiburg, Germany. He is an energetic person with a minimalistic lifestyle. The passion to discover extraordinary abilities and possibilities of the body and objects are at the heart of his artistic expression and source of motivation.
Redefining the Diabolo and translating the emerged qualities of Diabolo and Cyr wheel into different context are in the focus of his work.
After graduating 2018 from Codarts Circus Arts in Rotterdam, he produced and is touring his solo performance 'CYCLE'. His award winning act „Senses“ took him on a journey through 9 countries with over hundred shows.

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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