Autopistes is a collaborative project that aims to create European and North American touring networks for circus performances and to get venues and festivals to collaborate in order to improve the flow of artistic work.
Autopistes traces its origins to four dynamic metropolises for contemporary circus: Montreal, Barcelona, Toulouse and Stockholm. These are areas in which circus is firmly established as an artistic and professional industry, with creative centres, training for professional performers, performer networks, higher education in the field, and an audience accustomed to circus. Complementary needs and expertise exist between, within and around the metropolises, and there are already collaborations and synergies in place that can be reinforced.
In 2014-2015, Autopistes will organise three types of activities:
– Workshops for venues and festivals with the purpose of defining and designing the structures of collaborative circus touring networks. Programme bookers from Southwest Europe, Northern Europe and North America will be invited to attend workshops to be held as part of festivals in Montréal, Barcelona and Stockholm.
– Tours for circus troupes where they are given a chance to try out methods and collaborations. About 15 troupes from Southwestern Europe, Northern Europe and North America will be on tour for the project’s two-year duration.
– Seminars in which experiences, lessons learned and good examples from the project are gathered and evaluated.
Autopistes is a joint project run by La Grainerie, working as coordinator (France), Institut Ramon Llull (Catalonia, Spain), La Tohu (Québec, Canada), Subtopia (Sweden).
The project is kindly supported by the European Commission Culture Programme, the Swedish Institute, Ajuntament de Barcelona, Bureau du Québec à Barcelone, Gouvernement du Québec (CALQ – Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, MCCQ – Ministère de la culture et des communications), Institut Francais, Mercè Arts de Carrer MAC Festival, Région Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse Métropole and Ville de Balma, Nordic Culture Point and Swedish Arts Council.