“circusnext is a small team in Paris, along with their board members and a great number of artists and partners throughout Europe, who work together to create and defend contemporary circus which deserves to be better recognised.
Our team runs “circusnext Platform”, the only platform dedicated to contemporary circus supported by the European Union: 24 members (creation & performance venues) in 15 European countries and a jury of artists join their forces to ours to identify emerging authors who create original and unseen circus. Together, we support these artists in their creation process and present their works to the public.
When our team talks about circusnext, boldness is the key word. The boldness of all those who are part of circusnext. First, the boldness of the artists who venture down the path of research and creation, and who take the risk of revealing work in progress to audiences, sometimes at a very early stage of their creation. Then comes the boldness of circusnext’s juries: they select creations in-the-making, of which they do not know the final form, but through which they foresee artists who may reinvent circus. There is also the boldness of circusnext partner venues. Because they too encourage reinventions in circus arts, they host these promising artists in residency and show their creations to their audiences who are curious to discover new circus forms. Finally, there is the boldness of the audiences who come to discover the works of artists they don’t yet know, allowing themselves to be surprised by the unexpected.
Thanks to all those who make the circusnext adventure possible. And thank you to our financial partners for giving us the means to foster this bold spirit by supporting circusnext and the new generations of circus creators, for over 20 years, year after year.”
The circusnext team