Introducing the First Annual

International

Circus Awards

In the vein of the Tony Awards® and the Academy Awards® comes the International Circus Awards, the only one of its kind that companies, artists, and circus producers from around the globe will have their shows recognized for their outstanding achievements.

Celebrating extraordinary achievements within the global circus community

We believe the best way to help our community prosper is by honoring the artists engaged in creating, performing, directing, and designing circus shows. Adjudication of each award is grounded in three guiding principles:

01

The show demonstrates an innovative, challenging, new, or experimental approach. 

02

The show makes a meaningful contribution to the field by: expanding knowledge; acting as a catalyst for future inquiry; raising awareness of an understudied issue; or promoting diversity in subject matter, participants, or audiences.

03

The show exhibits an exceptional caliber and quality of execution within an award category. 

Awards Categories

Beginning in July 2021, a committee of more than 30 voting members from 15 different countries will adjudicate up to 200 full-length circus show submissions. The committee will nominate and vote to award achievements in multiple categories including:

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01

Outstanding Production

Outstanding production within the season.
02

Outstanding Digital Production

Outstanding production produced for digital viewing.
03

Outstanding Performance by an Artist

Outstanding performance by a single artist or act within a production.
04

Outstanding Achievement in Circography

Outstanding achievement in the overall direction, staging, movement and/or choreography within a production.
05

Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy

Outstanding achievement in the storytelling, imagery and/or the created worlds or themes within a production.
06

Outstanding Achievement in Design

Outstanding achievement in the design of technical elements within a production, including but not limited to costumes, lights, sound, music and scenic design.
07

Outstanding Emerging Company

Awarded to an emerging circus company.
08

CircusTalk Critics Choice Award

An award granted by critics and writers from CircusTalk News for excellence in the circus arts.
09

Audience Choice Award

Awarded to an overall production as chosen through voting by the general public.
10

Community Impact Award

Awarded to a person, organization or institution who has made an outstanding impact within the circus community.

Awards timeline

20
May
INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR
10
jun
INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR
01
Jun
OPEN SUBMISSIONS FOR APPLICANTS
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30
jun
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE
01
jul
BEGIN ADJUDICATION
31
aug
END
ADJUDICATION
13
sep
ANNOUNCEMENT OF NOMINATIONS
02
oct
DIGITAL AWARDS CEREMONY

2021 Voting Committee

Charlie Burrows
CEO & Founder, International Casting Agency
Michiko Tanaka
Director, Setouchi Circus Factory
Philippe Bachman
Artistic Director & CEO, La Comète, Scène Nationale
Sosina Wogayehu
Director, Ethiopian Circus Center
Ruth Wikler
Deputy Director of Programming, Circus Arts, Tohu
Amy Vashaw
Audience & Program Development Director, Penn State Center for the Performing Arts
Modou Fata Touré
Circus Artist & Artistic Director, SenCirk
Lea Toran Jenner
Julia Sanchez
Cedacirc A.C, Creative Director
Howard Richard
Gabriela Ricardes
Programmer & Artistic Director
Agata Quintero
Executive Director, Escuela de Circo del Caribe
Anke Politz
Artistic Director, Chämeleon Theatre-Berlin
Monique Martin
Independent Producer & Curator
Louis Patrick Leroux
Professor and Associate Dean of Research, Concordia University & Montreal Working Group for Circus Research
Thomas Lenglart
Actor and Talent Management Specialist, Ubisoft
James Lemons
Executive Director, Lake Placid Center for the Arts
Lori Jones
Director of Programming and Audience DevelopmentQuick Center for the Art
Jessica Hentoff
Artistic & Executive Director, Circus Harmony
Nicolas Germaine
Chantal Djédjé
Cultural Promoter & Director, La Fabrique Culturelle
Amy Cohen
Founder & Director, Circus Culture
Marco Antonio Coelho Bortoleto
Critac/Enc-MTL / CARP CIRCUS Platform / University of Campinas/Brazil Director Circus Research Lab (CIRCUS) - Associated Professor / PhD
Dong Hee Cho
Director, Seoul Street Arts Creation Center
Yu-Lun Chiang
Hsingho Co., Ltd. & HoooH Co-Founder
Gwen Hsin-Yi Chang
Curator for 2021 Weiwuying Circus Platform
Linda Catalano
Creative Director & Executive Producer, Quiet Riot
Antonella Casella
Curator, Circus Arts Hub
Kim Campbell
Editor, CircusTalk
Nicolas Boivin Gravel
Circus Arts Teacher & Acrobatic Performances Conceptor
Charlie Barnett IV
Vladimir Amigo
Jodie Adams
Programmer & Producer, Assembly at Edinburgh Fringe

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