Wires Crossed: Head Heart Balance – Open Call for Artists – Deadline December 4th

Opportunity for 5 artists to form a new professional funambulism ensemble as part of the Creative Europe funded project, ‘Wires Crossed: Head, Heart, Balance.’

Ecole De Cirque De Bruxelles, Galway Community Circus, The Serious Road Trip Romania and the Université Libre de Bruxelles are looking for 5 artists to form a new professional funambulism ensemble as part of the Creative Europe funded project, ‘Wires Crossed: Head, Heart, Balance.’

The Ensemble

We are currently looking for 5 artists aged 18+ (no upper limit) to form this exciting new funambulism ensemble. This opportunity is aimed at either emerging funambulists, or artists experienced in other forms of equilibristics with strong physical performance skills.

Funambulism will be the main circus discipline used in the performance. However, during the creation process we will also work to explore other disciplines to create a show combining circus, visual poetry and physical theatre. For that reason we require artists to have a knowledge of ensemble work and strong body-awareness, and be open to improvisation in dramaturgy and performance. Competence in other circus disciplines is an advantage.

Project Timeline (exact dates TBC unless specified)

Artistic Residency 1 4th-9th May 2020 Brussels, Belgium
Performance 1 10th May 2020 Brussels, Belgium
Artistic Residency 2 June 2020 Timisoara, Romania
Artistic Residency 3 28th July – 7th August 2020 Galway, Ireland
Performance 2 8th – 9th August 2020 Galway, Ireland
Artistic Residency 4 April 2021 Brussels, Belgium
Performance 3 April 2021 Brussels, Belgium
Artistic Residency 4 June 2021 Timisoara, Romania
Performance 4 June 2021 Timisoara, Romania


Selection of the ensemble will include an audition composed of different phases where we will explore the concepts mentioned above through guided exercises. The audition will be an informal process designed to allow each participant to explore their artistic abilities in a supportive setting.


A daily rate of 130 euro is provided for artists for creation and performance for a minimum of 35 days and a maximum of 40 days during the project. Travel, accommodation and daily subsistence is covered on top of this.

How To Apply

Applicants are required to send an Artistic CV, a 90 second motivational video explaining why they would like to take part in the project, and a 2-4min showreel of their previous work to their local Project Partner:

Galway Community Circus
Ireland and the United Kingdom

The Serious Road Trip Romania

The Balkan Countries (Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Albania, and Greece)

Ecole De Cirque De Bruxelles

Mainland Europe, excluding the Balkan Countries

The deadline for applications is 12noon (GMT+1) on 4th December 2019

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an audition workshop with the Artistic Team in Brussels on 11th and 12th January 2020.

For more information or to apply, please contact the Project Co-ordinator for your local Project Partner:

Ecole De Cirque De Bruxelles Maria Claudia Pastena funambule@ecbru.be

Galway Community Circus Becca Clayton becca@galwaycircus.com

The Serious Road Trip Romania Imre Nagy tsrt.romania@yahoo.com