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Bounce - professional development programme

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    WHAT IS BOUNCE

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    • Facilitator: someone who takes part in a professional development programme in order to facilitate the creative, business and relational evolution of another person. 
    • Participant: someone who takes part in a professional development programme in order to develop his/her creative, business and relational practices. 
    • Performing arts workers: any skilled person who works in the performing arts field (artist, artistic programmer, presenter, director, producers, etc.).
    WHAT IS IT?

    Bounce is a mentoring programme dedicated to providing tools, connections, knowledge and resources to the next generation of contemporary circus and outdoor arts workers. It proposes skills for future steps, giving a space for participants to explore creative, relational, and economic potential in an international context and deepen their reflection on their working environment through the prism of Circostrada's annual red threads. 

    TWO SIMULTANEOUS ACTIONS
    • An individual 16-hour tailor-made programme with a facilitator who will help structure the participants' individual career plans;
    • A collective reflection on the transformation of the participants’ work and professional environment guided by experts and connected to Circostrada’s annual red thread  “Living body/ies”. Participants will reflect on this topic with researchers, thinkers, and workers from the ecological field, encouraging the opening of their own professional practice to sustainability and ecology. 
    OVERALL OBJECTIVES
    • To encourage mutual transmission between more junior and more senior contemporary circus and outdoor arts workers; 
    • To help tomorrow's contemporary circus and outdoor arts workers grow and gain experience;
    • To enrich and diversify the understanding of the issues and realities of the contemporary circus and outdoor arts sectors; 
    • To connect the next contemporary circus and outdoor arts workers with one another in order to develop a sustainable community of solidarity
    • To reflect on the annual topic of Circostrada (Living body/ies) and include it in their practice. 
    WHAT DOES THE PROGRAMME OFFER?
    • A 16-hour development programme with a facilitator from Circostrada members and external experts; 
    • Participation in a kick-off event in Paris on 24-25th February 2022 in order to meet the other participants and facilitators (including travel, per diems, and accommodation);
    • 3 workshops (1 online and 2 on-site) with international experts; 
    • Participation in the Circostrada General Meeting in Kaunas, Lithuania in June 2022 (including travel, per diems, and accommodation);
    • An alumni platform where participants can exchange and create a long-lasting community.
    WHO ARE THE FACILITATORS?

    The facilitators are members of Circostrada Network. Each facilitator will be chosen according to the criteria described and proposed by the participant in their application. Each facilitator will have the possibility to invite experts to join the programme punctually and help the participant in their specific needs and challenges. 

    CHECK OUT THE PROGRAMME CALENDAR HERE. 
    
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      HOW TO APPLY

      WHO CAN APPLY?
      1. Professionals from the contemporary circus and outdoor arts sectors residing preferably in Creative Europe eligible countries;
      2. The candidate must have between 3 and 7 years of professional experience in the contemporary circus and outdoor arts fields;
      3. The candidate must be working in the field of contemporary circus or outdoor arts and have a specific project in mind as the focus for this programme.
      WHAT KIND OF PROPOSALS CAN YOU SUBMIT? 

      Bounce is dedicated to contemporary circus and outdoor arts workers who wish to expand their creative, relational and business capacities, and reflect on their professional environment in the light of the annual red thread of Circostrada (living body/ies). 

      Example of contemporary circus and outdoor arts proposals that can be submitted (non-exhaustive list): 

      • Editorial projects (print and digital); 
      • Development of a cultural center programming; 
      • Production of a festival programming; 
      • Production of academic events (laboratories, symposiums, hackathons, etc.); 
      • Development and production of residencies. 

       

      The programme does not accept proposals dedicated to touring or creating new shows. 

       

      WHEN AND HOW TO APPLY?

      THE CALL FOR APPLICATION IS CLOSED FOR THIS YEAR. 

      If your application is selected, your personal presence throughout the entire programme, at the kick-off event in February 2022 and at the General Meeting in Lithuania (8-11 June, 2022) is required. 

      Apply by using our online form. You will be asked to upload a CV that must be written in English and cannot exceed 1 page. Any material about your current project (photos, note of intent, mocks-up etc.) must be collected and sent as one pdf. attached. 

      SELECTION CRITERIA? 
      • The motivation of the candidate; 
      • The innovative aspect of the project*; 
      • How the projects foster and empower contemporary circus and outdoor arts; 
      • The candidate’s ability to identify their needs. 

       

      The Circostrada steering committee and coordination team will be responsible for selecting the participants. Each year, the programme will host 4 participants. 

      The programme seeks to establish a safe and welcoming space that ensures participation of the widest range of participants. The organizers will be particularly vigilant in ensuring that the programme is inclusive in terms of geography, backgrounds, identities, abilities, type of project and sector affiliations. 

       

      *By "innovative", we mean the aspect of your project that brings added value and encourages a change in the status quo. It may be a new way of connecting with communities, changing the way we think about performing arts, thinking about the economic  reality of contemporary circus and outdoor arts workers, etc.

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      CONTACT

      Laura Jude (applications, production): laura.jude@artcena.fr 

      Laura Gérard (visibility, communication): laura.gerard@artcena.fr

       

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