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Boosting European Trends and Artists in Circus Arts

BETA CIRCUS aims to address new trends in contemporary circus and to offset the lack of opportunities for artists to get trained at a high professional level. The project also propose moments for the audience to experience those new languages and concepts with live performances, especially in the partner countries. Is a cooperation project that expects to develop a new European vision dedicated to the capacity building process for emerging contemporary circus artists looking for innovative works, trends and languages in Europe, with special focus on countries with a lack of high level circus education and reduced recognition of the circus domain in the field of contemporary arts.




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European vision

Contemporary circus is significantly growing in Europe during the last years: this kind of performance attracts the audience more and more; productions reach increasingly refined levels of artistic research; public bodies increasingly recognize the institutional role of circus and support its production and promotion. However, in some countries, less connected to the central Europe innovation wave, there are no opportunities for higher training and still few significant experiences of new trends in circus arts for the local productions. In this global context, BETA CIRCUS partners recognize a strong need for a European coordination and/or integration of forces to disseminate the new circus languages and techniques around countries, promoting the mobility of young artists and professionals in the frame of transnational capacity building and exchange programmes. Understanding the lack of opportunities for the new generation professional and technical upgrade, we build an informal network of partners that trust in the force of collaborative education, based on the strong possibilities of mobility around Europe.

A Cooperation in between 4


BETA CIRCUS is managed by a partnership of four institutions from four countries that are connected to the same lack of opportunities to circus high level education and training. All the partners are organizations with a long-term commitment for circus development, being connected to the recognition of contemporary circus as a valid domain in contemporary performing arts in their own countries, as well as being connected with a solid European network of contacts/partners for different projects during all the year.