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Circuswerkplaats Dommelhof wants to develop the circus of today and supports circus authors and artists in creating and sharing their work.
We offer artists all the time they need to develop their ideas, we make financial commitments to projects and trajectories we believe in, and we offer a stage and an audience during showcases and festivals like Theater op de Markt.
Circuswerkplaats Dommelhof is based in Dommelhof: a domain for culture and movement of the province of Limburg, located in the northeast of Belgium. Next to the river and between the trees, we welcome artists to work, to dwell, and to stay during their artistic process.
Dommelhof, founded in the 1960s as Flanders first cultural center that later transformed into a creation center for performing arts, has more than two decades of experience with hosting artists during their process of creation. Dommelhof, as the organization behind Theater op de Markt, is also deeply rooted within the Flemish and the international circus field.
Dommelhof has an excellent infrastructure for artistic residencies. We offer multiple, technically fully equipped workspaces, a large forest park with enough space for tents or other installations, an accommodation with over a hundred beds, and a workshop for metal and woodworking.
Circuswerkplaats Dommelhof wants to emphasize several aspects within its mission during the coming years.
We are genuinely and sincerely interested in the story, the trajectory, and the plans of an artist. Based on this interest, we embark on long-term collaborative projects, with both experienced and aspiring artists, and we co-invest in their individual or collective artistic path.
We are committed to ideas, not to preconceived formats or narrowly defined genres. A great idea should not be confined to the limits of one particular genre and dares to look for crossovers with adjacent forms.
With Dommelhof, we have all the know-how and possibilities for supporting creations in the ring, location projects, or interventions in public space.
We believe that circus as an arts discipline can engage. Being universal, physical, and often non-lingual, in search of a different relationship to the spectator, and outside of the walls of the theatre, circus connects with a (new) audience.
Circuswerkplaats Dommelhof holds on to several values that determine the choices we make and the direction we take.
Each engagement with an artist is tailor-made
COMPLEXITY & DIVERSITY
We are convinced that there is no such thing as a black-and-white reality
We pursue the highest quality in all parts of our organization
You may go faster alone, but you can go further together
ENGAGING WITH THE AUDIENCE
We want people to look critically and with wonder, both to circus and the world
We bring the world of circus to the region of Limburg and present our region to the (inter)national arts field
Do you have a great idea or do you want to propose your next project to us? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We try to look over all requests that we receive, but we can't answer everything personally. If we are interested, we will certainly get in touch.