FAQ

Why we organize Cyrkulacje Contest?

The Cyrkulacje Contest came into existence in order to support New Circus community: with the use of financial award on one hand, but mostly through enabling the exchange among the artists and through the creation of a meeting platform for the artists and festivals organizers.

Who can participate in the contest?

The rules state that the participants of the contest could be the New Circus artists, who are citizens and/or residents of following countries: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finnland, Belarus, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ukraine, Slovakia. This means that for example, even if one is not a Polish citizen but lives permanently in Poland – hence co-creating Polish contemporary circus scene – he/she can participate in the contest (it applies to all above-mentioned countries)

Are there any age restrictions for the participants?

No. It is possible for people of all ages to apply for the contest. Underage participants must have permission to participate in the contest from their parent or legal guardian.

Can I send any film showing my skills for the preliminaries?

No. It should be a film showing a specific presentation for the contest with all of its elements. It cannot be also a trailer composed of a series of intakes, but a full record, without cuts.

It does not necessarily have to be a record of performance in front of an audience – it can also be a film recorded in the training room, on the condition that costumes and music will be the same as those presented on stage. Thus, it is worth taking care of sufficient lighting and a contrasting background

Can I send more than one entry form?

Yes.

Is it possible to apply for the contest again, even If I have already taken part in the finals of the Cyrkulacje Contest?

Yes, but only If it is a completely different, new act.

Why can’t the act be longer than 8 minutes?

The time of contest performance was restricted to 8 minutes because an étude is a short form – it is possible to show your idea and skills in a timeframe equal to each participant. Lack of time restriction or longer performances would be troublesome not purely for logistic reasons, but also for the fact that they would make a uniform assessment impossible.

What are the parameters of the stage where the final will be held?

The final of the contest will take place in The Centre for the Meeting of Cultures in Lublin. Parameters of the stage:

Main stage area – 490 m2

Stage width – 23,5 m

Depth – 28,5

Height from stage level to battens park position – 24m

Which acts have the biggest chances to qualify for the final stage of the Contest?

There are no more or less “doomed to succeed” fields – both acrobatics and juggling have the same chances to win :). However, the contest jury will certainly pay attention to acts, which are expected to bring a new, fresh perspective on the circus art. We are eager to see the results of your research, that will not be an easy duplication of “circus standards”.

Who will sit in the contest jury?

The specialists of contemporary circus and theatre field from Poland and Europe will sit in the contest jury. Until now, the jury has been composed of i.a. Urs Jaeckle, Tobias Fiedler, Katarina Pokorna, Ewelina Drzał-Fiałkiewicz, Paweł Passini, Cox Ahlers, Samuel Roy, Karolina Rozwód, Matthias Romir, Jenny Patchowsky.

The contest holder, namely the Sztukmistrze Foundation, cannot influence the verdict and will know it at the same moment as the audience gathered on the final performance.

What are the jury’s assessment criteria for the performances?

The performance’s assessment is a result of various criteria. The jury takes into consideration the technical quality of a performance, its innovation, artistic concept, the costume, music and, of course, the scene appearance and contact with the audience.

When will the finalists be known?

The last day of sending applications is the 30th of June 2019. We’ll contact the finalists until the end of July.

What is the schedule of this year’s final of the Cyrkulacje Contest?

The arrival of the finalists: 20th October 2019

Rehearsals: 21st -24th October 2019

Final performances: 25th – 27th October 2019

The departure of the finalists: 28th October 2019

The finalists are obliged to participate in all rehearsals and performances.

Do the artists receive any remuneration for their performance?

The Cyrkulacje is a competition – that is why all the artists performing in the finals do not receive any payments. They have, however, a chance to win a prize. Also, representatives of circus industry, festivals organizers and bookers, who often provide jobs to our finalists, are invited to watch the shows.

Our artists are provided with accommodation and full board.

Are the finalists of the contest guaranteed accommodation and meals during the week of rehearsals?

Finalists are provided with accommodation (in shared bedrooms) and 3 meals a day. Other costs are not covered.

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Do you have any questions concerning the contest?

Write to us via cyrkulacje@sztukmistrze.pl