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Call out for lead Irish artist on Circus250 circus / hip hop artist for 2018

Call out for lead Irish artist on Circus250 circus / hip hop artist for 2018

Cork Midsummer Festival is seeking an Irish based lead artist to take part in an exciting international Circus250 circus hip hop project. **Deadline extended!*

A successful bid to Creative Europe means we’re delighted to announce that a partnership between Crying Out Loud (lead partner), Far From The Norm, Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde, Cork Midsummer Festival and Subtopia will deliver an international circus hip hop project for Circus250 – the anniversary of the birth of the modern day circus by Philip Astley – in 2018.

Talented hip hop and circus artists will work with early career artists in four countries to devise and perform shows that explore the connections between multi-cultural Europe through the lens of football.

  • One highly skilled Irish circus artist will be selected to work alongside other circus artists with the Far From the Norm team on a circus and hip hop production that will tour to all 4 countries, receiving mentorship from circus artist Gaëtan Levêque of the AOC Collective.
  • Up to 10 early career Irish circus and hip hop artists will benefit from local workshops and residencies under the leadership of award winning choreographer Botis Seva from Far From the Norm, Gaëtan Levêque of the AOC Collective and the Lead Artist from each country.
  • A version of this ensemble production will be developed for Cork Midsummer Festival in June 2018, integrating the different skills of the Irish artists and exploring the work’s themes specifically to Ireland.

Interested in applying?

We are looking for experienced artists with:

  • At least 3-4 years post-training professional experience in portable circus skills such as acrobatics, Cyr wheel, Chinese pole, Teeterboard, juggling.
  • And/or a strong interest and experience in hop hop, B-boying or parkour.
  • Artists should have a strong sense of rhythm & musical interpretation within their craft.
  • Must have experience of working as a team, we are looking for a natural collaborator.
  • Proven track record in running workshops.
  • Available for research, residencies and performances in all countries (see schedule below).
  • Live in Ireland as your main residence.

Please note: Aerial artists are not eligible for this project.

This is a paid opportunity. We value diversity and we want to represent the wide range of individuals living in these four countries.

13 - 24 November 2017 - Paris Research and Development
21 Jan until 2 February 2018 - Stockholm Research and Development
9 - 22 April 2018 - Stockholm final residency and show
May 2018 - 3 workshops for emerging local artists
6 - 17 June 2018 - Cork final residency and show
17 - 29 July 2018 - London final residency and show
10 - 23 September 2018 - Paris final residency and show

Fees, travel, per diems and accommodation will be paid for the selected artist.

The selection process will take a number of stages:
1.   Initial shortlisting of artists through applications made
2.  Skype interviews with Botis Seva, choreographer from Associate Partners Far From The Norm and Rachel Clare, Director of Lead Partners Crying Out Loud
3.   Second stage shortlisted artists must be available to meet Botis Seva and Rachel Clare on Saturday 23 September.
4.   One lead artist selected post 23 September

To apply, please email a one page highlighting how you meet the above criteria, your CV outlining professional experience and training background (maximum 2 pages), any reviews of your work plus video links demonstrating your skills. 

Please send to Kath Gorman, Cork Midsummer Festival by Friday 25 August, 5pm (

With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.