C.A.R.E. – Circus Art Research Exchange

Heute stellen wir euch das Projekt C.A.R.E. – Circus Art Research Exchange vor. C.A.R.E. ist ein weiteres Projekt aus dem Zirkusbereich, das durch die Europäische Union gefördert wird. Um herauszufinden welche Erfahrungen das C.A.R.E. – Team mit dem Creative Europe Programme gesammelt hat, haben wir für euch die Projektleiter vom Zirkus Cirkör aus Schweden befragt.


What is C.A.R.E.? What are the aims of the project?

Presentation care lab la putika © Christina Simpson

Presentation care lab la putika © Christina Simpson

CARE – Circus, Art, Research, Exchange is a 2 year EU project within the EU cultural program, funded with support from the European Commission (Culture Programme, Strand 1.2.1 – Cooperation Projects).
CARE is a network that consists of 7 partners from 6 European countries:

- Cirk La Putyka from the Czech Republic
- Circo Aereo from Finland
- Cahin-Caha & Un Loup pour l’homme from France
- Nordic House from Iceland
- Cirkus Xanti from Norway and
- Cirkus Cirkör from Sweden (who is also the project administrator)

The partners represent contemporary circus companies, venues and festivals. In addition, a large number of established and young artists, students, designers, researchers and the audience has had access to the various project activities.
The network is created to be sustained and to expand in the future. It works to enable international artists and companies to collectively, through interdisciplinary meetings and collaboration, raise and work with questions that will deepen and strengthen the artistic work in the field of contemporary circus. Share experiences and expertise and support the development of the art form based on the different conditions in respective country.

CirkLaPutyka © Christina Simpson

CirkLaPutyka © Christina Simpson

CARE aims to:
- Develop a sustainable network for future collaborations on artistic topics for contemporary circus companies and individuals
- Encourage intercultural dialogue between artists from different countries and circus cultures
- Support the trans-mobility of people in circus before it’s a ready production
- Support and inspire the establishment and development of contemporary circus in different countries through shared experiences and expertise

Who had the idea and why?
The partners listed above. Most of the networks existing for circus arts today are run by, and for, administrators, programmers and schools. We think it’s important to create meetings build around the actual artistic work that the whole circus cultural system relies upon.
Contemporary circus is a young art form that has established itself in Europe during the 70’s. There are currently a large number of artistic training and support facilities for emerging artists around Europe, but a lack of education, infrastructure, venues and exchanges of experience between experienced actors, directors, set designers, choreographer, playwriters and professionals in the circus arts. CARE is a long-awaited platform for exchange of expertise that we currently cannot access anywhere else.
The research part of the project is in focus. The project is an answer to how to include more artists in the processes and also to create labs and research opportunities together, to share, research, learn, get to know each other and other art forms as well.

Who is funding you? Why did you choose the European level to apply for funding?
The partners have their own self-financing, at least 50%. Sometimes with national support for part of the self-financing.
European funding was logical as the partners are from several countries.

What is funded by Creative Europe?

Lab sircus and choreography © Christina Simpson

Lab sircus and choreography © Christina Simpson

2013-2015 (2 year project). EU contribution is 200.000 Euro.
The 21 CARE activities that have taken place 2013-2014; Interdisciplinary Labs, Workshops, Residencies, Artistic Meetings and research, Seminars and Network meetings.

Were own financial recourses needed to get the funding? If yes, how many percent?
A little bit more than 50% needed.

How was the application process? Was it formal/informal; how big was the administrative effort; was is hard to find partners?
No, we did not search for partners. The partners saw the need of the project, created it and decided the actives together.

How is the administrative effort throughout the project?
A lot of administration. Quite hard to coordinate so many activities and have the time for the documentation of each one. All partners are hard working so the extra administration has to be done on top of the regular work.

Are you somehow monitored/controlled through the „Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency“?
Yes, with a final report, before the final payment is made from the EU.

How do you prove the success of your project at the end of the project?
We are leaving the FB page accessible to all and also printing a magazine as a project report. We are also hosting an open seminar/presentation with the partners on the 26th of March 2015, in Stockholm.

After all you experienced, is the Creative Europe Programme a good/helpful/reasonable programme for supporting circus projects in Europe?
We can only judge from the perspective of this project and for us it has been good. I don’t know how many applications were made or how many of them got funding.