Baltic Nordic Circus Network (BNCN) partners Cirkus Syd (SWE), Cirko – Center for New Circus (FIN) and Arts Printing House (LTU) are looking for under 30-year-old professional circus artists from the Nordic and Baltic countries to participate in the Dramatic Fields project in 2021-2022. The project explores together with the participants the structures and practices of meaning making in circus, ie. circus dramaturgy. 

Dramatic Fields consists of an online kick-off seminar and two workshops that are organised in a hybrid format where the local area participants can participate in person on location and participants from other countries can attend online (but if the global situation gets worse, the workshop will happen entirely online). The participants will be actively involved in forming the content of the workshops based on topics they find important to deal with in relation to contemporary circus dramaturgy. Dramatic Fields workshops are facilitated by Jarkko Lehmus, dramaturg and producer of Cirko – Center for New Circus (FIN).

The main criteria for selection of the participants are age (all participants have to be under 30), gender equality, geographical coverage and professionalism. Ideally we are looking for participants that can commit to all of the project activities, however one day tickets are also available.

Apply to the project by filling in the application form and writing a motivational letter based on the following questions and send it via email as a PDF-file to dramaturgy@cirkussyd.com by 29.8.2021.

  • What do you think is specific in the aesthetics of contemporary circus in the Nordics and Baltics?
  • What are the key issues in the society you find important to deal with at the moment?
  • How are you planning to deal with these issues through your art?
  • What kind of facilitation would you like to have to further articulate the possible answers to the previous questions?

Participation fees

€30 Baltic participants full programme           

€40 Nordic participants full programme       

10€ One day ticket

BNCN can offer travel bursary for participating artists in need of financial support:

10 x 50€ for Helsinki & Vilnius respectively. Please inquire about the project and the travel bursary via email from dramaturgy@cirkussyd.com

Schedule

Seminar & workshop content meeting @ Zoom 15.9.2021 10-13 EET

Online kick-off seminar @ Cirko, Helsinki / Zoom 26.10.2021 10-15 EET

1st workshop @ Cirko, Helsinki / Zoom 27.-29.10.2021 10-15 EET

2nd workshop @ APH, Vilnius / Zoom 17.-19.3.2022 10-15 EET

workshop leader

Jarkko Lehmus works as the producer responsible for the artistic programme of Cirko – Center for New Circus in Helsinki (Fi), and as a freelance dramaturg, director and choreographer specialising in non-verbal performative arts. He holds an MA Dramaturgy & Writing for performance from Goldsmiths, University of London, MA Arts Policy & Management from Birkbeck, University of London and BA (Hons) Theatre from Guildford School of Acting. Over the past three decades Jarkko has worked internationally in the performing arts. His professional experience ranges from physical theatre to neoclassical ballet and conceptual performance art to acting on the stage and in front of the camera. In his work regardless of the professional title he concentrates on physical effects of imagination, emotions and empathy and the collaboration between arts and sciences

Project partners:

• Cirkus Syd – cirkussyd.com
• Cirko Centre for New Circus – Cirko.fi
• Rigas Cirks – Cirks.lv/en
• Arts Printing House – menuspaustuve.lt/en/
• Dynamo Workspace – www.dynamoworkspace.dk
Associate partners
• Ørkenfortet/AFUK – www.afuk.dk/
• Estonian Contemporary Circus Development Centre

This project is supported by:

For any questions write Giedrė, info@balticnordiccircus.com