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VAL by Svalbard Company

The newest work by internationally acclaimed circus ensemble Svalbard.

VAL by Svalbard Company
VAL by Svalbard Company

Time & Location

07 Sept 2023, 17:00 CEST – 10 Sept 2023, 18:40 CEST

Various locations in Malmö/Lund, Gubbabacken, Hermodsdal, 215 50 Malmö, Sweden

About the Event

Awakening the imagination, weaving a story of hope and resilience in the face of challenges, Val transforms the city through art to embody the spirit of the circus.

A womb, a church, a belly. The organic remains of something ancient resembling an upside down Arc. VAL is a multipurpose performance & light sculpture, a blend of wooden bones and LED lights suggesting the merge of the digital and physical realms and an omen of what humanity is moving towards. What is a digital fossil? How do we find the rhythm in the algorithm? VAL is a choice and a place to gather.

Witness the change of its appearance from day to night, immerse yourself in its womb and experience a cast of international circus artists throw themselves at it.  

VAL is the new creation by internationally renowned circus company Svalbard. Artists on stage are curated by Svalbard company member and Artistic Director Tom Brand who will explore and improvise in and around the installation. Expect experimentation!

AGE GUIDANCE:  Showings after 21:00 X-rated 15+. Other showings no warnings, people friendly, recommened for children 

5 years+


FREE, no ticket, no registration, just turn up! You can register to this event to join the mailinglist and receive news specific to this event. 


Svalbard Company are a multi disciplinary contemporary performance company composed of 4 international artists (Ben Smith - UK, Alexis Akrovatakis - Greece, Tom Brand - Germany, Santiago Ruiz– Spain) based in Stockholm who graduated from DOCH ( in 2014.

They gained international recognition with their debut show “All Genius all Idiot” which toured globally in over 30 countries and 4 continents almost 200 times from 2016 to present date.

Over the last two years they have been developing immersive, multi-disciplinary experiences in site-specific locations, bringing in international collaborators and producers to create bespoke works of live art in unique spaces. Working closely with long time collaborators Deadbeat Films (London based film production company) and Salteli The Band (European Jazz Fusion quartet) they have collaborated with a variety of international cultural institutions and local artists - Co-productions include “Svalbard Cabaret Night” at Riga Cirks, Latvia (2019); “An Evening With Svalbard Company” at Dynamo Festival, Odense (2019) and “Braintown” at Join The Docks Festival, London (2020). Through the multimedia development of this work, they have also produced a feature length film PROTEST (2020) which has since been screened in Denmark, Sweden, Poland and Argentina.


Come join us and see something you never imagined possible at the Southern Sweden Circus Festival launch celebrations. Witness bold and beautiful work by the greatest circus artists and companies in Europe playing over 4 days across Malmö and Lund as we give you a taste of what to expect next year.

The full festival will be happening in 2024, but we just couldn’t wait until then to share our excitement about circus. We want to welcome as many people as possible so many events are free to attend, check out the programme for full details.

Whether you’ve never seen circus or you want to see how circus has changed since the big top shows of your childhood, there is something for everyone. The Southern Sweden Circus Festival presented by Cirkus Syd in partnership with Malmö and Lund cities, is your chance to explore everything that classical and contemporary circus has to offer.


  • 40 minutes

    VAL - Hermodsdal Malmö

    Gubbabacken, 215 50 Malmö

  • 40 minutes

    VAL - Hermodsdal Malmö

    Gubbabacken, 215 50 Malmö
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