Bounce - professional development programme
Europe and the world
All year long

Bounce - professional development programme




    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. The programme offers an individual 16-hour tailor-made programme and a collective reflection on the participants’ work and professional environment.

    • 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 (Diverse body/ies) and include it in their practice. 
    • A 16-hour development programme with a facilitator from Circostrada members and external experts; 
    • Participation in a kick-off event in order to meet the other participants and facilitators (including travel, per diems, and accommodation);
    • 3 workshops (1 online and 2 on-site) guided by experts and connected to Circostrada’s annual red thread. Participants will reflect on this topic with researchers, thinkers, and workers focused on projects and actions around fairness, equity, equality, inclusion, diversity and/or accessibility; 
    • A 250€ budget for a mobility grant for an in-person meeting with your facilitator or a fee for an external expert of your choice to advise you on your project; 
    • A meeting with last year's Bounce programme participants; 
    • Participation in the Circostrada General Meeting (including travel, per diems, and accommodation);
    • An alumni platform where participants can exchange and create a long-lasting community, including last year's participants and 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. 



      1. Professionals from the contemporary circus and outdoor arts sectors residing preferably in Creative Europe eligible countries;
      2. The candidate must have between 3 to 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. 

      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 (Common body/ies for Year#3)

      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 artistic projects nor proposals dedicated to touring or creating new shows. 


      Want to have some concrete examples? Check out the first year participants' profiles HERE



      If your application is selected, your presence will be required throughout the entire programme, at the kick-off event during the Fresh international seminar in France (19-22 September, 2022) and at the Circostrada Annual General Meeting in Rastatt, Germany (28 May - 2 June) for the Tête-à-tête festival.

      You can apply by using our form (launching in April 2022). You will be asked to upload a CV that must be written in English. Any material about your current project (photos, note of intent, mocks-up etc.) must be collected and sent as one pdf. attached.

      • 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. 
      • Project proposals that are in line with this year’s red thread: “Diverse body/ies” (fairness, equity, equality, inclusion, diversity and accessibility) will be prioritised, but the programme don’t exclude projects with another approach. 


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

      Bounce seeks to establish a safe and welcoming space that ensures participation of the widest range of participants. Circostrada 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.





      Guillem Fuster / Producer and Coordinator (Spain)

      Guillem Fuster was born in Valencia in 1993. He has been working in theatre since 2015 occupying different positions and roles as an actor, stage assistant, coordinator and producer. In 2018 he and his colleagues established Emília Gargot, a street theater company and in 2019 the same team funded Cruma, the first theater school of Tàrrega. From this project, in 2021, was born SPASA, which is coordinated by Guillem, a series of street performing arts workshops that invite performing arts professionals to know how to work in the public space. 

      He is collaborating with other companies like Fadunito and he is a member of the network of Spanish street arts PATEA.

      More info:


      Matteo Giovanardi / Cultural Project Manager (Italy)

      Matteo Giovanardi is a young cultural project manager with a strong focus on festivals, cultural centres, audience development and community empowerment. He graduated from University of Bologna’s Cultural Management and Performing Arts Entrepreneurship master’s degrees, and since 6 years has been involved in the development of new projects and communities for festivals and cultural centres in the Emilia-Romagna region.

      He collaborates with Dinamico Festival, one of the main contemporary circus festivals in Italy, on local and international projects and he has participated in international networks such as Trans Europe Halles and Adeste+, as well as collaborating with public space performances and regeneration projects such as Periferico Festival and Laboratori Aperti Emilia-Romagna.

      More info: LinkedIn 


      Alice Greenhill / ZirkusON Network Coordinator (Germany)

      Alice Greenhill is the network coordinator and the administrative and financial director of Zirkus ON - the German alliance for contemporary creation. Living in Berlin for almost 10 years, she did a career change in 2019 from the business sector to the circus art sector. Since 2019 she is active in the federal association of contemporary circus in Germany called “BUZZ” and is working for the recognition of circus as an art form.

      More info:


      Dora Komenda / Artist and Programme Coordinator (Croatia)

      Dora Komenda is a Croatian architect and circus artist. Since 2018. she is also the curator and programme coordinator in Cirkus Kolektiv - association for contemporary circus and related artistic practices in Split, Croatia. She works as an architect since 2014, owns an architecture agency Kolektiv tri since 2021 and is active in both professions simultaneously.

      More info: Instagram




      Koen Allary / PERPLX Artistic Director (Belgium)

      Koen Allary is currently the artistic coordinator of PERPLX, one of the leading circus creations centers in Flanders. PERPLX focuses on helping emerging artists by coproduction, residencies and mentorship.
      Koen Allary is also quite internationally oriented, for example he is vice president of the European platform circusnext, board member of Cie XY and Latitude 50. Koen Allary was director of Circuscentrum for 10 years, with which he and his team put contemporary circus on the cultural map in Flanders.
      His motto: circus is not an act, circus is an attitude.

      More info:


      Bruno Costa / Bússola Co-director (Portugal)

      Bruno Costa holds a master’s degree in Management for the Creative Industries from Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP), with academic research in the processes and mechanisms for internationalization of artistic projects and
      international cooperation, in particular the construction of European cultural identity. He is PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at the Universidade de Aveiro and guest lecturer for “Partnerships, Networks and Internationalization in Creative
      Industries”, at UCP. As co-director of Bússola he has experience in cultural management and strategy, artistic

      More info:


      Isabel Joly / FEDEC Director (Belgium)

      After studying communication and journalism at the University of Lille, Isabel joined the European Commission in the education and cultural directorate and this immersion in cultural issues at European level gave her professional life a decisive direction.
      She continued her EU experiences by working for the European Parliament, especially in the organization of the Lisbon World Exhibition in 1998. She joined RESEO, the European Network for Opera and Dance education, in 2002, becoming its Director. After 14 rewarding years, Isabel left RESEO for an Antwerp-based musical theater organisation,
      Zonzo Compagnie, whose cutting-edge performances delight the ears of young audiences.
      There she was responsible for coordinating a Big Bang festival that takes place annually in 10 European cities.
      Since January 2018, Isabel is director of FEDEC, the European federation of professional circus schools, where she shares her passion for arts education with its 80 members worldwide, professional schools but also organisations placing the development of circus arts at the heart of their project.

      More info:


      Lucy Medlycott / ISACS Director (Ireland)

      Trained in sculpture and public art in Limerick School of Art and Design in the early '90s, Lucy Medlycott went on to establish a street arts and carnival company in Wexford (BuiBolg) with a group of colleagues in 1994, with the aim of making art accessible and available to all.
      Lucy has continued to work across the area of street art, spectacle and more recently circus arts believing passionately in the power of arts in and with the community. She is currently the director of the Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network, a membership organisation which aims to celebrate, advocate, grow and sustain these
      collective art forms.
      Lucy has been chair of the County Wexford Community Forum, sat on the board of the Wexford Arts Centre, was a member of the steering committee of Circostrada, held a position on the County Wexford Development Board and the Local Community Development Committee and is a current member of the Royal Society of Arts.

      More info:





      Valentina Barone / Freelance cultural manager, editor, and producer (Germany/Italy)

      Valentina Barone is a freelance cultural manager, content editor, and creative producer specializing in the contemporary circus and performing arts sector with a focus on international relations. With a master's in Relational Design, she applies its principles to curatorial practices. As a freelance cultural manager and creative producer, she supports organizations, festivals, and artists' companies, taking care of their design, promotion, and managing goals.

      As an editor and coordinator for the digital platform Around/About Circus, she creates content to reflect and disseminate knowledge about the international circus and performing arts artistic productions.

      More info:


      Sabine Maringer / Circus artist and circus advocat (Austria)

      Sabine Maringer, MA is an circus artist and circus advocat as well a cultural manager in the field of contemporary circus in Vienna. She is the co founder of Kaskade Festival for contemporary circus in Austria, the co founder and manager of an online calender for contemporary circus events in Austria and on the board of IG Kultur Vienna, responsible for Street theatre and Circus, as well she was the director and performer of Belle Etage Streettheater an international touring street theatre company from 2010 to 2022. Currently she is researching the topic : SEX AND CIRCUS - an approch to sex- and bodypositivity in the fields of contemporary circus.

      More info:


      Sebastiano MoltrerCircus artist and cultural welfare creator (Italy)

      Sebastiano Moltrer is a circus artist and cultural welfare creator involved in performances, social circus and community theatre projects and initiatives to promote the social capital and cultural heritage of individuals, territories and communities. Over the last 10 years he has studied and collaborated with several diverse socio-cultural organisations both in northern Italy and abroad. His performing art is strongly linked to the world of juggling and physical theatre, and since the beginning of 2022, he has been presenting his socio-cultural work under the stylistic banner of luftmensch forum, navigating the constant desire to build radically different concrete and imaginative spaces that are collaborative, plural and sensitive to submerged epistemologies and social justice.

      More info: lnstagram


      Elisabeth Efua G. Sutherland (Ghana) / Artist

      Elisabeth Efua G. Sutherland comes from a background in theatre and contemporary performance, with a career that also encapsulates aerial movement practice, cultural production, new media, film and storytelling. Her personal and artistic practice is broad in scope and depth - covering genres from sculpture, drawing, dance, sound, film, design, construction, to education and technology. She runs the artist-led space Terra Alta in Accra, Ghana which has a focus on artist development and ecosystem building.

      More info: Instagram




      Rachel Clare / Artistic Director, Crying Out Loud

      Rachel Clare (UK) set up Crying Out Loud in 2002 to develop, produce and tour emerging and established cross artform performance including contemporary circus. COL creates opportunities for UK, European and international artists partnering and collaborating with venues, networks and festivals. They also curate and develop one-off special events, the largest was Piccadilly Circus Circus, a pop-up circus spectacular for London 2012’s Cultural Olympiad. At the other end of the scale, during and since the pandemic they have had a focus on Rural Touring with Circus Around & About in the South West of England, and Crossing Borders – Rural Touring in Europe project funded by Perform Europe with 11 partners in 8 European countries. They are in the process of setting up another base in Portsmouth to develop new work interdisciplinary work in the Solent Area.

      More info:


      Marc Eysink Smeets / Executive Director, Circolo 

      Marc Eysink Smeets (The Netherlands) graduated in 1980 as a social worker and got involved in cultural projects by organizing festivals to raise awareness about third-world issues and the multi-culture society. For 10 years he coordinated 13 big music festivals on the Dutch Liberation Day. Since 2006 he’s working as a free lancer to develop concepts for cultural events and to coordinate them. He was responsible for many activities in the Jheronimus Bosch 500 year in The Netherlands and was the founder of Bosch Parade, a floating art procession in ’s-Hertogenbosch. Marc entered the circus field in 2006 by joining the team that was starting Festival Circolo, first as head of marketing and since 2013 as director. He’s founder and board member of Circuspunt, the Dutch platform for the circus sector and of the Circus Chapel, a new circus-residency in The Netherlands.

      More info:


      Kiki Muukkonen / Artistic Director, Subtopia

      Kiki Muukkonen (Sweden) is Artistic Director of the circus department of the Swedish cultural centre Subtopia, where she has developed its activities since 2008. She manages national and international programming, international relations, residencies and support programs for artists, and has over the years taken part in several international and European cooperation projects. In 2009, she founded the Nordic circus showcase Subcase, which has taken place in ten editions. In 2017, she founded the festival CirkusMania, which is intended to run its 3rd edition next year, in collaboration with a large number of venues around the whole Stockholm region.

      More info:


      Gert Nulens / Director, Dommelhof

      Gert Nulens (Belgium) is the director of Dommelhof, a cultural institute of the province of Limburg. Dommelhof aims at supporting artistic creation in the domains of circus arts and transdisciplinary arts. Dommelhof welcomes approximately 35 international companies/artists a year. Dommelhof is also the organizer of Theater op de Markt, a festival for street, site specific and circus theatre. Before joining the Dommelhof team, Gert Nulens worked at the University of Brussels (VUB) as the coordinator of a research team specialized in cultural research

      More info:



      Laura Jude (applications, production): 




      Picture Gallery



      • 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 their 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.).

      Audio presentation

      In order to access this section, you must enter the password that has been sent to you per email.