Open Call: Circunstruction 13

Dear Dutch Based Circus Professionals,    

Circusstad Festival is looking for proposals from circus talent who would like to develop their idea into a full concept and take the first steps in their creation in September /October 2024. 
This will include a work-in-progress presentation on the 15th of November at Maaspodium in Rotterdam.

Circusstad Festival supports the Dutch Circus field and emerging circus talent. We co-produce and commission to challenge Dutch circus companies/makers to take an exciting step in their artistic development and we program Dutch companies with their shows and work-in-progresses during Circusstad Festival in May.

Circunstruction is the residency program of Circusstad Festival that supports emerging talent. The trajectory was created to bridge the gap between graduating from a professional circus education and the professional field. It concentrates on developing a profound concept and the first weeks of developing the new performance. Next to that, we offer workshops that will help you to professionalize your practice in the field of circus and performing arts.  

Many of the former Circunstruction projects have ultimately performed successfully in the Netherlands and abroad, including Sinking Sideways, Lily & Janick, Harvey Cobb, Julia Campistany, Knot on Hands and more.

We’re looking forward to your proposals.!
DEADLINE: 17th of March 2024

What we ask:   

– An idea for the content of a new circus performance and the interest to deepen out your    idea/theme in correlation to your aspired audience.
– You live/work in the Netherlands, preferably in or around Rotterdam.
– You’ve graduated from Codarts or Fontys or have professional circus experience.
– Availability in September, October, and in the beginning of November 2024. (Make sure that you are free on 12, 13 and 15.11).

What we offer:   

– Support by developing a profound concept.
– Budget for about 1 to 3 artists for creation (approx. 2-3 weeks) and performances, artistic advice (e.g. director/dramaturg), and a small budget for travel costs, costumes, props, set.
– Workshops in dramaturgy, budgeting, fundraising, marketing/branding, assistance in making a simple light plan.
– Showings to get feedback from the working field.
– Possibly more performing options during Circusstad Festival in May 2025. With the possibility to present your creation at the Dutch Circus Showcase.

Does this sound like the perfect challenge for you?   

Please fill out the google-form for  Circunstruction 13 (English or Nederlands) at the website of circusstad festival.

Link to google Form

DEADLINE: Sunday 17th of March 23:59!  

You are very welcome for a pretalk about the questions in the application form. Please don’t hesitate to send a short email to to make an appointment.

We are looking forward to discussing and reading your proposals.    

Jördis Cordua – talent development & Menno van Dyke – artistic director

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