Focus France! Introduction to the dance and circus fields 18–20 May 2021

Which are the key dance festivals or circus venues in France? Where can I find a good residency? How do the doors to France open for an artist and company based in Finland?

Join the meetings to hear more and ask our local experts what you’ve always wanted to know about the French dance and circus fields.

CircusInfo Finland and Dance Info Finland organize a series of online meetings for Finland-based dance and circus artists and producers 18.–20.5.2021. In the meetings we’ll get to know the French performing arts field and more specifically the key residencies, venues and festivals for circus and dance, from an international perspective and with the guidance of local experts. 

For whom: The content is aimed at dance and circus artists and producers based in Finland. Also other dance and circus professionals interested in France and international work are welcome to join.


18.5. at 14:00-15:00 Introduction to the French performing arts field

Guest speakers are Onda, Institut français and Institut finlandais

We will hear about the performing arts field in France and about the services that key organisations promoting internationalization offer for foreign artists, companies and producers.

20.5. klo 13.00-14.30 Focus on the circus field in France
Guest speaker Stéphane Segreto-Aguilar, Circostrada & Artcena. Introduction to the circus networks Territories de Cirque and Circostrada as well as Artcena and their key residencies, venues and festivals.

20.5. klo 15.00-16.30 Focus on the dance field in France
Guest speaker Elisabetta Bisaro, La Briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne. Introduction to the dance networks CDCN and CCN and their key residencies, venues and festivals. The CDCN network (Centres de Développement Chorégraphique Nationaux) consists of 13 centres and the CCN network (Centres Chorégraphiques Nationaux) consists of 19 centres all around France.

All times displayed are Finnish time (EET).

Place: Zoom

Sign up by 17.5 by filling in and sending this form: 

You can sign up for all three meetings or only some.

The Zoom link will be sent to all attendees on 18.5. and 20.5. before noon.

The event will be in English and is organised by CircusInfo Finland and Dance Info Finland. The moderators are Katarina Lindholm and Lotta Nevalainen.

Lotta, , + 358 50 303 8339
Katarina, , +358 40 182 1621

Guest speakers:

Geoliane Arab, Adviser, Onda

ONDA, the French office for contemporary performing arts circulation promotes the dissemination of contemporary performing arts through information, expertise, networking, financial support, surveys.

Michaël Toledano, Cultural counsellor
Emilie Renouvin, Project Manager Performing arts / Dance
Vanessa Silvy, Project Manager Performing Arts / Circus, Street Theatre, Puppetry

Institut Français

Created in 1968, Institut français supports and promotes French-Finnish exchanges in various fields of cooperation. For cultural cooperation, Institut français organizes events, provides networking opportunities for culture professionals from both countries and support Finnish institutions on projects that contribute to the presence of French culture in Finland. We conduct these missions in collaboration with many partners, such as local festivals, artistic companies and cultural institutions. In addition, one of our key roles is to communicate on French and Francophone events in Finland.

Johanna Råman, Director, Institut finlandais 
Tanja Juntto, Producer, Institut finlandais

Institut finlandais is an independent and multidisciplinary platform between Finland and France. Institut finlandais was opened to the public in 1990. The facilities of the institute are located in a former cinema, in the heart of the Quartier Latin in Paris, which is an attractive international meeting place and platform to present Finnish culture, know-how and society.

Stéphane Segreto-Aguilar, ARTCENA & Circostrada

Stéphane Segreto-Aguilar is the Head of International Development at ARTCENA, the French National Center for Circus Arts, Street Arts, and Theater, as well the Coordinator of Circostrada, the European Network for circus arts and street arts. Holder of a MA in Arts Management and European Cultural Policies, he has been exploring for more than ten years the interconnections between culture, identity and international relations, while promoting artistic creation as a tool for social transformation and experimenting with new ways of cooperation and governance. He’s a member of the board of On the Move, the cultural mobility information network, and a member of the Perform Europe consortium.


Circostrada is the European Network for Circus and Street Arts. Created in 2003 with the core mission of furthering the development, empowerment and recognition of these fields at European and international levels, over the years the network has become an important anchoring point for its members and a key interlocutor in the dialogue with cultural policy makers across Europe. Circostrada supports circus and street arts professionals by implementing a wide range of advocacy and capacity building initiatives. The focus is on boosting professional exchange and innovation, gathering information and resources, fostering continuous training and knowledge- sharing. With more than 120 members from 35 countries, Circostrada acts as a bridge between actors in the field and EU policymakers, relaying their needs and expectations and advocating for the implementation of cultural policies best suited to their specific features.

ARTCENA is the French National Centre for Circus Arts, Street Arts and Theatre, funded by the French Ministry of Culture. It coordinates the Circostrada network and has a permanent seat on its Steering Committee. It works towards its missions in three main areas: sharing knowledge and resources through a digital platform; supporting professionals via mentoring and training; promoting and strengthening the circus, street arts and theatre fields by carrying out international development projects.

Elisabetta Bisaro, Head of International Development
La Briqueterie – Centre de développement chorégraphique du Val-de-Marne

Elisabetta has worked in a programming and managerial capacity in the field of dance and the performing arts across three countries. After her initial steps in Italy, she rooted herself in Ireland as Programme Manager of Dance Ireland in Dublin for 6 years. During this post she was responsible for curating and managing the organisation’s artistic professional programming and all international projects, including four EU-funded projects (Modul-dance, Tour d’Europe des choréographes, E-Motional Bodies & Cities, Léim). In 2012, she curated Made in Dublin, a special season of new dance performances, dance film screenings and talks to mark the inaugural event in Dance Ireland’s 21st anniversary programme. Since September 2013, she has overseen the international development of La Briqueterie – CDCN du Val-de-Marne in Vitry-sur-Seine (France), managing several EU-funded projects (Creative Europe and Erasmus +) and other international cooperation projects. She leads on a large scale project entitled Dancing Museums – The democracy of beings (2018-2021), involving dance organisations, museums and research centres from 7 EU countries. She is the president of PlanTS, an all-women arts organisation based in Trieste. Elisabetta holds an MA in Translation Studies from the University of Trieste, Italy.