Company O&B


Welsh tour dates include:

The Riverfront, Newport – Thursday 1st December, 8pm  tickets

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon – Saturday 3rd December, 7.30pm (includes a public workshops between 4 and 5.30pm) tickets

The Black-E, Liverpooltickets 

Dance House, Cardiff  – Saturday 10th December, 8pm tickets 

Links to reviews: Mike Smith, Jane OrielBritish Theatre Guide  and Circus Diaries

Company Olivier & Buchtler

presents ‘OTUS’

Two beings living in an abstract world, ‘OTUS’ is rooted in human nature. Here is a unique perspective, a glimpse into their lives, motivations, relationships and habits. Utilising circus, physical theatre, movement, clown and set design ‘OTUS‘ explores tension, the space between characters, objects and the wooden world in which they reside. With precarious piles of cut wooden planks, a rope, table and trapeze, their peculiar domain is set. Immersed in their own nuances and rendered through acrobatics, juggling, rope, trapeze and staff manipulation, their world unfolds.

Company O&B, is made up of international circus artists Hugo Oliveira (Portugal) and Sage Bachtler Cushman (USA), whose skill and artistry were featured in Nofit States’ award winning show Bianco, each receiving critical acclaim for their contribution to the production. They have since been supported by Wales Millennium Centre’s Incubator Programme and the Black-E, Liverpool to develop their own work and subsequently commissioned to create a full-length production fusing circus and dance by Chapter’s Creative Producer for Dance programme, Coreo Cymru. Company O&B are part of the new wave of circus artists who are taking circus out of the big top and into the theatre with extraordinary and exciting results. 

                                     “an exquisitely understated juggling act so fluid that the balls seem like an extension of the juggler’s limbs, possibly even a manifestation of his thoughts” 

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

                                     “a transcendent closer… the flame-haired, tattooed angel Sage Cushman’s celestial finale on the high trapeze”  

David Zampatt, The West Australia

Company Oliveira and Bachtler believe that it is in the exploration of many stage disciplines that they will find their own form of artistic expression. Their goal is to create a unique and multi-faceted physical language, pushing themselves and the UK performing arts scene forward.


OTUS has been commissioned by Coreo Cymru with support from Arts Council of Wales’ National Lottery Scheme.

Photo: JP Martins