Connecting Circus at the Edge of World 

Connecting Circus at the Edge of World
September 15, 2021

En Piste is Proud To Be a Partner of The St. John’s International CircusFest!

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The St. John’s International CircusFest (SJICF) is back! The fourth edition will take place from September 23 to 26, 2021, live in Newfoundland! An exciting program awaits you: performances from Canada's top circus companies, conferences, industry panels, workshops, international delegates, celebrations — a moment for the entire circus community to gather at edge of the world! The festival is also offering online programming those who can’t make the trip to St. John’s.

En Piste caught up with Anahareo Dölle, the festival's artistic director and co-producer, and Carole Demers, artistic coordinator and programming assistant, to give you more details about the programming and to learn what went into the organizing of an international circus festival under the unpredictable constraints of a pandemic.

St. John's, a cradle of creativity and exchange
To encourage interaction, promote professional development, and encourage exchanges between artists and other professionals, the festival is offering conferences, round tables, and numerous events.

Festival-goers will be able to see companies like The 7 Fingers, Cirque Alfonse, and Les Deux de Pique. Three of the shows scheduled in the program are being created especially for the festival, with creation periods taking place directly in St. John's the week before opening.

The festival team is also excited to offer an immersive experience in The Rooms, Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest public cultural space, looking out onto an iconic St. John's skyline. The custom event, directed by Olaf Triebel, opens at 8pm on Friday, September 24.


A hybrid edition of live and online events
After hosting most of last year’s activities online, the return to live, face-to-face interactions is highly anticipated in St John's. More than 100 delegates have already confirmed their participation in this edition, including 15 live panelists.

Some unknowns remain, and the context of the pandemic brought additional challenges.  In order to be anticipate the unexpected, the team took a new approach to their programming: "We wanted to have activities and shows that could be adapted to quickly handle the changing situation. This is what guided the team's choices at all times when planning the festival and the reason why, as in 2020, many panels and workshops will also be presented online.”

The festival will continue on September 27 and 28 with a symposium. En Piste will present the Destination Cirque program on the morning of Monday, September 27. Delegates, please join us!

The festival includes many events and activates offered free of charge. We hope to see you there!

Discover the festival program here