The people behind “Kompani Paradiso” are Jan Unestam and Magnus Jarlöv, who after many years on stages around the world, longed for the more intimate and improvised – and therefore decided to start their own performance company.
Jan Unestam is an actor, and a circus artist. In 1995 he was one of the founding members of the famous Swedish company “Cirkus Cirkör” and has through the years contributed to 11 of that company’s productions which has brought him all around the globe. His most famous act is ”The Balloon Man” in which he acts from the inside of a giant balloon – an act which also has been commemorated on an official stamp(!) Jan has worked as an actor and a circus artist at most of the major theatre institutions in Sweden: Stockholms stadsteater, Göteborgs stadsteater, Malmö stadsteater, Östgötateatern, Helsingborgs stadsteater… Today, Jan is also the Artistic Manager of the circus company “Kanalje”.
Magnus Jarlöv is a circus artist, a teacher and a comedian. He has founded many companies through the years, such as the jester and clown group “Jauvet”, “Clownen brinner” (“The clown is on fire!”), “Verbalista” and “Burnt Out Punks”. Magnus has also been on the board for “Clowns Without Borders” and has worked around the world as its Project Manager. For a number of years, Magnus was instrumental in building Cirkus Cirkör’s function for people with disabilities. Magnus has also performed at many major arenas around Scandinavia, such as the Stockholm Globe Arena and the famous Skansen Open Air Museum.