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WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION GUIDELINES?

The residency with the Lake Placid Center for the Arts has a few guidelines. We are looking for companies of 1-5 people to develop a multidisciplinary show that identifies as “circus.”

DOES THE COMPANY NEED TO HAVE PRIOR EXPERIENCE WORKING TOGETHER?

Nope! A company  can be a group who have created work together before, or a set of artists who have always wanted to work together but have never had the chance. The only requirement is that all the artists who are a part of the company when it applies are the actual artists who will be involved in creation. Any change to the line-up of artists warrants re-examination for the residency.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN ‘MULTIDISCIPLINARY’, AND ‘IDENTIFIES AS CIRCUS’?

The Circus Now Residency Program works together with our venue partners (in this case LPCA) to set guidelines that make sense for the community that the residency takes place in. In this case, with Lake Placid being a former winter Olympics site, they are interested in hosting an athletic, high level of technique, multi-disciplinary show. That means acrobatics, aerials, juggling, contortion, balance; in other words anything goes! You don’t need to include ALL the circus disciplines, but a show that has ground, aerial, and manipulation will be more likely to be selected than a show that is only aerial or only juggling.

We are interested in developing the American circus sector; that’s Circus Now’s mission! This residency is perfect for companies that want to change and evolve the way that the American public views and thinks about circus. In the past, American circus artists have had to identify as “dance” or “theater” in order to get residencies like this one, grant money, or to just create the work they want to create. Our goal is to change that, and create a thriving sector where artists can call their work “circus” without losing opportunities, audiences or grants and helping to foster new circus work is one of the best ways we can do that. So if you’re willing to create work that proudly says “This is circus!” we want to help you.

If the work you want to create would be better served by calling it dance or theater–that’s awesome! There are many other opportunities for dance and theater work to be developed: this residency is for developing circus.

HOW IS THE COMPANY SELECTED?

All the applications will be vetted down to five finalists by Circus Now’s Artistic Advisory Committee during the month of October. The finalists will be notified by November 1st at the latest, with the final selection being announced by November 15th. The final selection will be a joint decision between LPCA, Circus Now’s Managing Director, and the outside director we find to work with the company. The director who will be involved will have the final say.

WHO IS THE DIRECTOR THE COMPANY WILL WORK WITH?

We don’t know yet! We’ve done a lot of brainstorming and feeling out, but we want to wait and see what applications we get before we decide for sure. Once we know who the finalists are, we’ll know what type of director will be the best fit.

ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?

We are committed to developing the highest level of circus talent and technical skill we can find. If you’re just starting out in the circus arts, or if this would be your first professional show, this residency may not be the right fit for you. Check out our Residency & Grant Database to find other opportunities at circus schools around the country that can help you develop your first work!

This residency is geared more towards professional level circus artists or recent graduates who have experience performing abroad or at home and have always dreamed of creating their own artistic show with the support structures they need to succeed.

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