Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe
CircusNext 2013-2017 is a European multi-annual cooperation project co-funded by the European Commission (strand 1.1 of the Culture program). It is coordinated by the French organization Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe and is carried out by eight co-organizers and about forty associated partners in Europe and beyond.
CircusNext 2013-2017 includes two editions of our identification and support schemes for circus emerging artists in 2013-2014 and 2015-2016, a European Season of Circus Arts in 2016-2017, as well as a reflection, evaluation and documentation. Through this project, CircusNext partners have also set the following objectives: creation processes qualification, productions models renewal, European cooperation reinforcement, and incentives for an evolution of national cultural policies.
CircusNext 2013-2017 aims at fostering the development conditions of the plurality of contemporary writings that exist in Europe and at developing long-term relationships between artists, professionals and audiences so that artists can develop their creator paths and share their views on the world with as many people as possible.
From JTC to CircusNext
Jeunes Talents Cirque scheme was created in 2001-2002, on the occasion of the year of circus arts led by the French Ministry of Culture. Carried out by the French organization “Scènes de cirque”, this innovating and concrete project aims at identifying young contemporary circus artists, and at supporting their emergence through a grant and residencies. This first edition was a success: in October 2002, thirteen young companies presented their creation projects at Théâtre de la Cité Internationale (Paris, France). Among them were Camille Boitel, Baro d’evel cirk cie or Ludor Citrik, now leaders of the French circus arts scene; all of them benefited from Jeunes Talents Cirque’s support to create their shows in good conditions and make a name for themselves.
This support scheme was renewed by cycles of 2 years, and extended to other European countries. In 2007, the organization Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe was created. It is entirely dedicated to the production and organization of the support scheme, and implementing a network of European partners. In 2009-2010, the first officially European edition was carried out: it will be renewed 3 times since then and will be named CircusNext from 2012-2013 on.
Over the years, Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe / CircusNext has become a key scheme in the development of contemporary circus and for the acknowledgement of circus as an art form in itself. The supported artists have been developing diverse and innovative aesthetics, and have distinguished themselves through their will of experimenting new forms. As contemporary circus is multidisciplinary, they have been opening to other performing arts (dance, theatre, music) and to new technologies (video, digital arts). Their shows have been broadly presented across France, where Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe is now well known, Europe – along with the development of the network – and the whole world (Asia, Africa, America). Contemporary circus has gone through a true development, and even the Avignon Festival programmed two contemporary circus shows in 2010; one of them, Singularités ordinaires (Le GdRA), was created with the support of Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe.
Going deeper into its Europeanization, Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe scheme became CircusNext in 2012-2013: platform and cooperation project designed at European level, CircusNext offers optimal conditions to contemporary circus authors. The scheme proposes an important support program and favors maximal mobility of the artists across the European territory.