The call for applications for the International Circus Arts Biennial circus creation project presentations is open. Artcena and the Pôle National Cirque Archaos jointly organize this time of encounter and exchanges between professionals and artists, around artistic projects in the process of creation whose performance will take place in 360°.

Purpose of presentations

The objective of these presentations is to help companies find partners in residencies, co-productions and pre-cchats to complete the production of their creation and give them visibility.

This presentation of creative project allows the winning artistic teams accompanied by their sponsor to present, orally with a PowerPoint, in front of professionals the current state of their show being created in 10 minutes (7 minutes for the artistic team and 3 minutes for the sponsor).

Eligibility criteria and procedures

To answer this call, several criteria are mandatory. It is intended:

  • professional companies in the contemporary circus sector, whether based in France or abroad;
  • artistic projects proposing a scenography allowing the installation of audiences at 360°, with or without a capital;
  • the shows having their creation planned between winter 2024 and winter 2025;
  • companies accompanied, on the day of the presentation of their project, by a sponsor. He or she must represent a structure/institution that actively supports your creative project, whether through co-production, a reception in residence, prechats or a grant. This person will help you convince their peers to support your project. As soon as the application is submitted, you must provide its name, structure and contact information. Make sure they are available before completing the form. Also ensure that your sponsor is not already committed to supporting another project during these presentations, as non-cumulating is a project selection criterion - the sponsor must support only one project.

Deadline for submission: November 06, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.


Organized by Archaos, a national circus centre, the International Circus Arts Biennial is supported by the Ministry of Culture/ Drac Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

The national poles circus

Certified by the Ministry of Culture, the National Circus Poles (PNC) participate in the renewal of artistic forms and aesthetics of the circus. They organize their activities mainly around support missions and support of creation and dissemination in the field of circus. 

They bring together 14 reference institutions in support of the creation, production and dissemination of circus arts. They constitute a structuring network in favor of the influence of the circus, as well as the renewal of its artistic forms and its aesthetics for the benefit of the widest public.