BETA CIRCUS presents an innovative project focusing new trends for circus arts

BETA CIRCUS aims to address new trends in contemporary circus and to offset the lack of opportunities for artists to get trained at a high professional level. Also propose moments for the audience to experience those new languages and concepts with live performances, especially in the partner countries. Is a cooperation project that expects to develop a new European vision dedicated to the capacity building process for emerging contemporary circus artists looking for innovative works, trends and languages in Europe, with special focus on countries with a lack of high level circus education and reduced recognition of the circus domain in the field of contemporary arts. 

BETA CIRCUS training is open to participants with a broad band background in the artistic fields [magic, illusionism, circus, dance, theatre, visual arts, scenography, and others]. No age limit is defined; however, the participants may demonstrate a strong motivation to develop something new or innovative in their artistic careers. Applications will be accepted from all the European Union countries, as well other countries currently eligible for Creative Europe Programme. 12 participants will be selected for an international capacity building programme in new trends for circus arts, with focus on new magic, to be promoted in between May 2021 and March 2022 with training weeks in Serbia, Italy, Portugal and Latvia.


International open call available until 15 December 2020.

BETA CIRCUS expects to select a distinguished group with 12 differentiated profiles responding to the criteria of emerging in the field of arts, including turning points and motivations to change careers in the definition of “emerging”. The participants will be selected based on their education and professional background, balanced with the motivations to integrate the project and learn new skills. The selection will focus on diversity of backgrounds and the motivations of the applicants, looking also for the specificities of an international project based on mobility, where the ability to work in big international teams should be a mandatory requirement. Age range, gender balance and European geography diversity will be also taken in consideration in the last phase of the selection methodology.

Selected participants will attend without costs the full capacity building programme of BETA CIRCUS, and the programme will cover the participants expenses, including travels [international flights and local transports at destination], accommodation in the hosting cities and meals [breakfast, lunch and dinner] during the project dates. In addition, participants will benefit from an international visibility and network provided by the project partners and communication, creating opportunities for their careers.

BETA CIRCUS opens up an international programme to support the training of emerging professionals, based on transnational mobility for learning, and give them the opportunity to take a step forward, internationalizing their careers and introducing them to new aesthetics and techniques. For 2 years, the project highlights a specific new trend in contemporary circus aesthetics: illusionism and new magic, among the most currently interesting tendencies. Moreover, audiences, programmers and institutions will discover new trends in circus, illusionism and magic. With the sum of the activities, BETA CIRCUS aims to promote an international supporting circuit for the dissemination of this new tendencies in contemporary circus languages, promoting new artistic and research projects throughout a capacity building process, pushing up the activities of a transnational cooperation, based on the mobility of artists, professionals and partners teams, to discover different realities, artists and audiences.


More information, full conditions and application form are available through BETA CIRCUS website [].  Application are accepted until 15th December 2020.

BETA CIRCUS is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, being promoted by Bússola (PT), Teatro Necessario (IT), Ludifico (RS) and Rigas Cirks (LV).