> Supporting European young authors in the field of circus arts
Arisen from the observation that young artists and companies encounter real difficulties in their creative process, CircusNext is intended to identify and support the emergence of young creators and to foster new ways of working within the field of circus arts. Considered as one of the main support operations for young authors and creators in this field, CircusNext maintains its objective of supporting and accompanying creation and public promotion.
Carried out for the first time in 2002 in France, the operation became European in 2009. Over the years, it has become a key structure in the development of contemporary circus. The artists supported have been developing diverse and innovative aesthetics, and have distinguished themselves for experimenting new forms. The selected artists are assisted in their creative processes through a range of initiatives including residencies, a creation grant, and networking with international performing arts professionals.
BabaFish, I, Mistress & Wife - Photo by BabaFish
CircusNext: a 6-step operation
The selection process becomes annual from April 2012. Six major steps occur every year:
· Call for projects: published throughout Europe. Applying artists are required to have completed their education and to be involved in a creation project, which must be either their first or second professional show.
· Selection on application files: a jury gathering artists and performing arts professionals from all over Europe is in charge of selecting twelve projects.
· Pre-selection residencies: an innovation of CircusNext 2012-2013. Pre-selection residencies aim at equalizing the preparation to the selection for pre-selected candidates. They are hosted by our European partners.
· Selection week: the twelve pre-selected artists present a 20-minute model of their project to the jury in the Theater op de Markt in Neerpelt (Belgium). At the end of the week, five projects are selected and receive a creation grant.
· Residencies: laureates benefit from at least one month of residency in one or several partner venues, which allows them to work on their models and make their project evolve. These residencies occur in the best possible conditions (appropriate places for circus arts practices, mentoring,...).
· Public presentations: laureates present a finalized extract of their show to an audience of performing arts professionals and artists, but also general public. A public presentation gathering about 250 European professionals is held each year in Paris, at the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale, and concludes the support scheme.
Subliminati Corporation, File-Tone - Photo by Ben Hopper
A selection process led by renowned artists
To favour the emergence of truly innovative researches and aesthetics, the selection process is led by a jury made up of European experts, including renowned artists and performing arts professionals (members of the JTCE network).
In 2012/2013, the members of the selection committee will be Antonia Kuzmanic (artist and laureate in 2010, Room 100 Company, Croatia), Giacomo Scalisi (director for Movimenta-te, performing arts venues in 5 cities in the South Portugal) and Jean-Michel Guy (researcher, reviewer specialized in circus arts, director for La Scabreuse Company, France). The jury will be chaired by Camilla Damkjaer (researcher in the performing arts field, Sweden).
Room 100, C8H11N02 @ Théâtre de la Cité Internationale - Photo Milan Szypura
An area for exchange with performing arts professionals
The CircusNext platform is a way for the artists to meet performing arts professionals and make themselves known, in particular during the selection process and public presentations. This networking is essential to the development of the projects and their viability.
> A European-wide cooperation platform
CircusNext is a cooperation project designed and organized by a variety of European partners (cultural centres, artistic creation centres, performing arts venues, education venues and circus schools, festivals, organisations dedicated to circus arts development, organisations dedicated to artistic support).
Convinced of circus arts wealth and of the benefit of working together, several European cultural operators have decided to work together in order to set up a support scheme for the next generation of circus authors in Europe.
Les Objets Volants, Tournemains et autres objets – Photo by Alain Julien
The project aims at encouraging the emergence of new artists in Europe, creation and mobility, circulation of contemporary circus arts, and intercultural dialogue.
By actively encouraging and facilitating meetings between circus performers and artists from other fields and different countries, Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe fosters artistic diversity for the development of circus arts in Europe. This involves sharing different experiences and acquiring a professional practice.
All the partners implement CircusNext’s activity program. Each member of the platform hosts some of the activities (residencies, selection weeks, public presentations, labs, etc.) and co-finances the creation grants.
Members of the CircusNext platform:
France : Association JTCE // Les Migrateurs associés pour les arts du cirque // Le Maillon - Scène européenne // La Cascade, maison des arts du cirque et du clown // La Grainerie
United-Kingdom : Circus Futures // Crying Out Loud
Belgium : Circuscentrum // Theater Op de Markt // Humorologie // Fondation Mons 2015 // Le Manège
Sweden : Subtopia
Norway : Circus Xanti
Finland : Cirko
Germany : UteClassen Kulturmanagement
Spain : La Central del Circ // Carampa // Circo Nove
Italie : Festival Mirabilia
Poland : Keijos
Portugal : Centro Cultural Vila Flor
Czech Republic : Cirqueon
> Why do we use crowdfunding?
At the moment we need to find new fundraisers and we would like to involve you in our project!
Our goals for this first experiment of crowdfunding?
- to achieve our collect of the necessary funding to improve our support scheme for young circus authors in Europe
- to spread the word about CircusNext
- to share our passion for contemporary circus
- to be closer to you!
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