Contemporary Circus Arts Festival, Aarau

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Kultur macht Schule

cirqu' is supported by Kultur macht Schule

In June 2023, the Aarau cirqu'9 festival will return to showcase contemporary circus art in all its diversity and bring to the city a broad spectrum of nationally and internationally renowned guest performances that have left their mark on contemporary circus.
In addition to pieces that playfully deal with traditional forms, the festival brings productions that show circus in another dimension and take the audience out of the usual framework of the familiar - unconventional experiments and quirky staging trifles.

The atmospherically unique and newly converted Alte Reithalle Aarau is the festival centre. There are also other venues in the city.

Circus Festival performances tend to play in the evening. School performances and individual programmes can also be shown in the afternoon. Many of the plays are well suited for children and young people aged 6 to 18. The detailed programme will be published in April 2023.

Please feel free to contact us directly for further information. We are also happy to accept enquiries and bookings.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Cooperation and partnerships

cirqu' is an active member of several different organizations and initiatives. Not only is cirqu' organizing the festival in Aarau, but is also actively promoting artists and further developing the contemporary circus as a genre.

Circus Re:searched

Circus Re:searched is a cooperative project developed by cirqu', Berlin Circus Festival and Kreativ Kultur Wien, which focuses on the promotion of the contemporary circus in Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
The project accompanies selected artists from the German-speaking region and enables them to engage in an interdiciplinary artistic research involving the art of the circus and other art forms, or to work on their respective projects. On one side, Circus Re:searched enhances the visibility of the contemporary circus in the German-speaking area and, on the other side, strenghtens the circus community of these three countries.
From 2019 to 2022, selected artists will have the opportunity to participate in residencies, performance events, feedback sessions and "Watch&Talk" formats in all three countries.

This project is supported by: ProHelvetia, Allianz Stiftung und Bundeskulturamt.