Circus is traditionally associated with the spectacular: quantifiable feats of astonishing physical skill that defy gravity and flirt with danger of death. Contemporary circus positions itself in the larger context of contemporary performative arts and ultimately contemporary art. This positioning places demands of artistic thinking on the artists that circus training does not always necessarily provide. In order for the art of contemporary circus to develop further and be artistically and societally relevant, the members of BNCN agreed to create a series of workshops with and for Nordic and Baltic contemporary circus artists that aim to experientially develop the artists’ understanding of context, structure and possible meanings of the art they create.

Dramatic fields is a project that, together with the participants from Baltic and Nordic countries, explores the structures and practices of meaning making in circus, ie. circus dramaturgy. 

The project consists of an online kick-off seminar and two workshops that are organised in a hybrid format where participants can participate either in person on location or attend online. The participants are 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).


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 @ Arts Printing house, 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: Nordic Culture Point – Norden 0-30