Open Call Young Savages 2022

The Junge Wilde project represents the promotion of young artists within the CircusDanceFestival. Three ensembles of young adults will present themselves at the CircusDanceFestival in early June 2022.


This announcement is addressed to already existing companies of young adults from the field of contemporary circus with dance and artistic elements. We are looking for a national as well as an international group with semi-professional background.

All information about the project and the application can be found in the call for applications:

Open Call – Residency

As part of the “CircusDance Residency Program”, the CircusDanceFestival invites applications for two rehearsal residencies in Cologne for fall 2021. The call for applications is addressed to professional artists or companies living in Germany with reference to the hybrid artistic form between circus and dance.

More information can be found in the attached pdf.

CircusDanceFestival 2021 | Support wanted!

A successful festival cannot be managed alone. Many hands are needed to actively support the smooth running of the events. If you feel like supporting us with muscle power, team spirit and an eye for keeping hygiene measures and smell some festival air, please contact us.

Registrations can be sent to until 10.5.2021. More info in the announcement.

Residency 10 – February 2021 | Sinking Sideways

Company Sinking Sideways visiting ehrenfeldstudios from 08. – 14.02.2021

Sinking Sideways, ​that’s Xenia Bannuscher (DE) und Dries Vanwalle (BE). Both graduated as dance acrobats from the Circus department of the Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam (NL) in July 2020. ​Sinking Sideways ​is working at the crossroad of circus and dance. Dries’ background lies in circus, Xenias lies in dance. And their discipline is inspired by both of these art forms.

Our first creation called ​René i​s based around one movement, which is repeated time and again. There’s two bodies in space, continuously moving in sync, staying in one rhythm at all times, never standing still. We invite the audience to follow our movement, discover it new every time, to let themselves in on all the details. We want to share our process and our outcome openly with the viewers, we want to invite them to see our struggles and our fascination.

René ​will premier in October 2021 in Kortrijk (BE) with ​PERPLX ​festival.​

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CircusDanceFestival Residency Program Summer 2020 started in August, including work-in-progress showings

All information about the residency program and the artists* can be found here

  • Roman Skadra, Work in progress Showing on 16.8. at 15:00 @ehrenfeldstudios (unfortunately cancelled due to short-term changes in the specifications for protection against corona)
  • Overhead Project, Work in progress Showing on 15.8. at 13:00 @TPZAK Cologne
  • Erin Skye, Work in progress Showing on 20.8. at 14:00 @TPZAK Cologne
  • Maria Madeira and Laura Schönlau, Work in progress Showing on 1.9. at 16:00 @ehrenfeldstudios
  • Cie kraD Arachnur, Work in progress Showing on 11.9. at 16:00 @TPZAK Cologne