Supporting the creation process in contemporary circus
CIRCa, as a national hub for circus arts, devotes substantial means to supporting the creation process in all aspects of contemporary circus. .
Every year, about thirty artistic teams are hosted in Auch to create their future show. It can be either to write, work on techniques, do artistic or scenography researches, or even for the final stretch before the première. Artists come in residence at different stages of their artistic project.
The Circus Innovation and Research Centre is an ideal place that offers working spaces, on site accommodation and catering.
CIRCa also co-produces some of the shows.
How CIRCa supports circus creation
Residential programmes and co-production
CIRCa is willing to support circus creation nation-wide and on a European scale.
CIRCa does not have a specific framework for the artists in residential programme, but studies and seeks with each company the appropriate conditions.
Thus, CIRCa is able to:
If necessary, a meeting will be scheduled.
CIRCa is committed to promote the under-big-top projects and artists who want to come in residence or participate at the Nomades programme (residence all over the territory). To select artists in residence, a first short list is done under artistic criteria, then priority is given to big circus teams requesting to stay for at least two or three weeks.
Additionally, CIRCa is committed to supporting one or two projects of local professional companies of any performing arts, on a yearly basis.
Following up emerging talents
CIRCa is also committed on an on-going basis to support emerging talented circus artists and help them create their show, and with production work if necessary.
This support complements the incubator for circus arts run by La Grainerie and the Lido.
With the aim of shaping the circus sector, CIRCa follows up the progression of artists from the incubator for circus arts of Grainerie and offers support in terms of co-production and/or help for public relations. Projects are selected to strengthen the career of the artists and to reinforce the collaboration between organisations.
Facilitating high visibility
Supporting the creation process by facilitating high visibility to programmers, partners, institutional bodies and any person or organisation likely to follow up on the project.
The Festival of Contemporary Circus, at the end of October in Auch, is a key event for the professionals who want to discover the latest circus productions. Professional meetings, presentation of circus productions to come, discovering work of future artists (students of circus schools from all over the world)… These many opportunities facilitate high visibility and encourage meetings.
In addition to the Festival of Contemporary Circus in Auch, from 2007 to 2017, CIRCa organised in collaboration with the Lido and La Grainerie with the support of the County Council, Toulouse City Council and Grand Auch Agglomération (local council) the most important circus showcase in France during Avignon Festival: “Occitanie fait son cirque en Avignon”. This event is now organised by La Verrerie, national hub for circus, in Alès.
This showcase is a great success. Other French and European regions also take part. The high attendance of hundreds of professionals and institutional bodies give to shows a great visibility and help them to tour.
Co-produced projects these last three years
Photos by Ian Grandjean.