The artists, circus and dance researchers Laura Murphy Bauke Lievens and Angélique Willkie reflect together on the critical potential and political power of their respective practices. They share the experience and realisation that bodies are always (un)consciously shaped physically and psychologically in the social context. In the circus, particular physical techniques evoke a certain habitus. These inscriptions leave traces of various power constellations in the relational body of the performers. To consciously perceive them opens up the chance for politically relevant agency. Making these (violent) forces visible, emphasising and witnessing them requires vigilance for the danger of repeating criticised attributions. With deconstructive and interdisciplinary approaches, expectations can be broken on many levels. It is necessary to endure paradoxes in order not to lose courage or humour and ultimately to affirm the permeability of bodies.