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The open call 2024/25 is closed.


Information about the three selected projects can be found here (in German only).

The open call for the 7th edition is expected to be published at the beginning of December 2024.







Open Call 2024/25



Open Call: 3 circus arts projects in creation:

Apply now for the Zirkus ON creation programme, edition 6 (2024-25)!

Application period: 6/12/2023 – 11/2/2024 | Application deadline 11/2/24, 8pm CETZ

Individual artists and companies can apply with the plan to implement a pioneering contemporary circus art creation in Germany in 2024-2025.

The creation alliance for circus arts -
Zirkus ON is looking for new, open-format circus creations that strengthen and inspire the existing and future repertoire of contemporary circus art productions in and from Germany. 


The application documents are checked for formal correctness by the team. Complete applications are made available to the jury.
In a first jury conference, all applications are discussed, statements for the subsequent feedback for applicants are documented and a shortlist is selected.
In the second jury conference, shortlisted applications are discussed by the jury and the final 3 projects for the 6th Zirkus ON edition 2024-25 are selected.  The list of criteria is public, part of the open call and the basis for the jury selection.

The creation alliance’s alliance partners will be allowed to read submitted applications if permission was given in the application form.


          Who can apply?       

- Professional, freelance solo artists, companies and groups with a billing address or registered office in Germany

  Application documents  

- Completed application form - Work sample of material, concept or prototype as a visual impression of the already started creation (link to the video in the application form, video duration: At least 1 min. - max. 2 min.) - 2 photos (1x landscape, 1x portrait, min. 72 dpi) and a short description (500 characters) for press release if project is being selected

   Application Conditions  

- The project deals with circus arts (open format) - Creation has already begun - Creation is primarily taking place in Germany in 2024-25 - Availability on the following dates: digital ON-boarding 8/4/24 10-12.00am CET in attendance: Opening presentations 16-22/05/24 and Stage presentations 14-20/09/24

    Optional attachments   

- Presentation of the creation’s contextualization (possible formats: max. 2 DIN A 4 pages graphics as png, jpeg or pdf or max. 2 min. video/audio .wav or mp4) - Tech Rider (pdf) - Green/Eco Rider (pdf) - Access Rider (pdf)


- A total of 3 project projects selected by a jury are being accompanied by the creation alliance through: - Mentoring by 2 mentors per project in 2024 in the areas of production and artistic development - 3 residencies at alliance partners’ in 2024 - Presentation opportunities - Knowledge transfer formats and networking opportunities - Subsidy budget for material, research and video teaser

              Jury 2024              

The 2024 jury of the Zirkus ON creation programme consists of persons nominated for positions and commissioned by the creation alliance, who fulfil the perspective to be represented by their professional activity/artistic practice in the jury. - Perspective of Zirkus ON alliance partner, venue: Yogi Mohr, Schloss Bröllin - Perspective of Zirkus ON alliance partner, festival: Stefan Schönfeld, ATOLL Festival - Perspective of artist / Zirkus ON alumni: Roxana Küwen - Perspective Dramaturgy, research, theory: Jana Korb - Perspective outside the circus, art and society: Kaja Jakstat, Zwei Eulen - Büro für Kulturkonzepte Links to bios:


Who is part of the artistic core team of the project? What is an Access Rider? What is a Green Rider?

      Accessibility info         

Information on the accessibility of each part of the Zirkus ON creation programme can be found here.


Zirkus ON answers your questions in the FAQ’s as well as during the digital Info Sessions on December 7th (EN) and January 11th (DE).

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