With the support of the Ministry of Culture, Artcena set up in 2022 a new aid for the circus teams: "Writing for the circus".   This device supports dramaturgical writing by giving circus authors dedicated means, both to constitute documentary corpus intended to nourish their reflections and imagination and to work their writing with a playwright during residencies. 

 

Endowed by the Ministry of Culture with 50.000 euros per year, this new device will support dramaturgic writing by giving circus authors dedicated means, both to create documentary corpus intended to nourish their reflections and their imaginations and to work with a playwright during residencies.

Purpose of the device

“Writing for the Circus” aims to:

  • Facilitate playwright collaborations by giving circus authors dedicated means, both to create documentary corpus intended to nourish their reflections and their imaginations and to elaborate the dramaturgy of their writing during residencies allowing them to experience it concretely.
  • Contribute to the recognition of Circassian scriptures in their specificities.
  • Support the aesthetic evolutions of the circus and promote innovative writing approaches.

Each year, this device will allow to accompany at least five companies in their creation activities.

Proposed accompaniment

  • support for documentary research and provision of resources. 
  • a grant of 5,000 to 15,000 euros to finance one or more dramaturgic writing residencies.
  • visibility to the creations of the companies supported, relying on communication and networks ofArtcena.
     

Eligibility criteria

  • Any circus writing project carried by one or more circus authors is eligible for the «Write for the Circus» feature.
  • The submitted artistic project must be an original creation, excluding any project of recovery, recreation or adaptation of a pre-existing work.
  • The submitted artistic project must be the subject of a production, attested by at least one letter of commitment from a partner. This or these partners will not necessarily be places exclusively dedicated to the circus.
  • «Writing for the circus» accompanies the initial phase of creation. Thus, any application must be made well in advance of the production phase and will only concern the phase of research of documentary materials and the residency time dedicated to the dramaturgic writing of the show.
  • The submitted artistic project must provide for collaboration with an artist known for his experience in the dramatic accompaniment of contemporary creation. The latter, identified as soon as he applied for the «Writing for the Circus» programme, will bring his dramaturgical skills to structure, singularize and enrich the stage writing of the author of the artistic project.
  • The company submitting the application must also present a calendar of creation, providing at least ten days of residence, at a production partner, between the author and the playwright who can be accompanied if necessary by the entire artistic team of the project.
  • The financial aid of the «Write for the circus» scheme is paid to a legally constituted structure, having a SIRET number and a license of contractor of the show in validity.
     

Read the rules

Rules of aid "Writing for the circus"

Application procedures

2023 winners - the 5 selected projects

The advisory committee of the "Writing for the Circus" mechanism met on 24 April to nominate the 5 selected projects, among the 28 applications.

  • Body Territory by Marion Coulomb and Pépita Car (a production of Sirque, Pôle National Cirque Nexon Nouvelle-Aquitaine) with the dramaturgic collaboration of Romain Nicolas
  • Humanimalis (provisional title) by Vincent Welter, Sarah Dreyer and Alfred Gilleron (Compagnie Equinote) with the dramaturgic collaboration of Juliette de Beauchamp
  • Mariana Paradise by Rafael de Paula (Compagnie du Chaos) with the dramaturgic collaboration of Faustine Noguès
  • Seré Millones by Anahi De las Cuevas (Collectif Sismique) with the dramatic collaboration of Aude Schmitter
  • Going out the door (an escape attempt)Juan Ignacio Tula (Cie 7bis) with the dramaturgic collaboration of Mara Bijeljac