Rigas Cirks Residency Program welcomes applications from contemporary circus artists and artist groups (up to 4 persons; any of circus disciplines) from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Deadline for applications: June 25

Results: July 1

Residency periods:
1–21 July, 2024
3–9 August, 2024

Duration of a residency: 1–3 weeks

About the program

Rīgas cirks is located in Riga, Latvia. It is one of the oldest purpose-built circus buildings in Europe. Built in 1888, it reopened its doors on November 30, 2022, after the reconstruction of the historical dome and arena.
The Rīgas cirks Residency Program is created as a laboratory for new forms of artistic research and art practices within the circus field. Our main mission is to promote contemporary artistic practices, mainly focusing on circus development in Latvia and the Baltic region. During the residency, artists are expected to work on ideas for new performances.

Application documents

– A short written application explaining who you are and what project you would like to develop in the Rigas Cirks Residency – max 3600 characters. The application should specify the preferred length and dates of the residency;
– Visual material (footage, photos, sketches, etc.) of the project or its idea – optional;
– Information on the technical requirements;
– Portfolio of previous performances – optional.

Please submit application documents until June 25 via e-mail: rezidences[at]cirks.lv

Working space

– Circus arena diameter: 11 m / frontal stage: 10 x 10 m
– Height: 11.65 m
– 76 rigging points (no floor/wall anchors for the moment)
– Shared kitchen, dressing room, showers

Rīgas cirks Residency Program covers

– Stipend of 40 Eur per day/per person
– Travel costs (round trip from other cities in the Baltic region to Riga – bus/train/fuel);
– Accommodation in an apartment – for the artists from Lithuania, Estonia, and other towns of Latvia located more than 60 km from Riga;
– Technical support – rigging, light and sound facilities

Presentation of the outcome

Artists in Residence are required to show the residency results to the public in a form of a work-in-progress presentation. The format can vary from brief scenes to video material, excerpts of movement material or a full run-through of a near-complete production.

Rigas Cirks terms and conditions

– The Artists in Residence must credit Rigas Cirks as a residency partner in all marketing and communications relating to the residency as well as the production developed during the residency.

– The Artists in Residence must have personal accident insurance that covers both rehearsal and performance for the entire working group.

– The technical needs of the project should be communicated in the application. Any additional technical requirements that arise during the residency will be considered but not necessarily satisfied.

Kontakti un pieteikšanās:
Rezidenču programmas kuratore: Odrija Kalve
Pieteikšanās pa e-pastu: rezidences[at]cirks.lv

Supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia