CARD2 newsletter 2nd edition
Photo: Tove Hellkvist
Photo: Tove Hellkvist

A Close Encounters Conference

CARD2 Conference - Circus on the Edge 

The CARD2 Conference will take place 9th-11th December 2015, with international keynote speakers, workshops, presentations and performances by the leading thinkers and makers in the field of circus. The purpose of the conference is to create a platform for international researchers to introduce and share their research, to discuss, demonstrate and provoke, to agree, find collaborators, critical allies and opponents. Furthermore, to illuminate how circus practice has developed and how the field of artistic research differs from research for production.

CARD2 will be a meeting place for over 40 international circus artists, critical thinkers and trans-disciplinary researchers. The conference is organised around the themes of Translation, Sensation, Transgression and Transformation. Round table discussions, artistic research presentations, workshops dealing with innovative practice, circus on film, keynote presentations, active participation/interaction and regular surprises form a part of what we will be presenting.


After our call for presentations closed on March 1st 2015, we were delighted to have received a lot of applications from both researchers and artists from all around the world. Thereafter our selection committée met at the end of May, read through the proposals and decided upon this year’s participants.  

CARD2 proudly presents the following participants at this year's conference:

·       Bauke Lievens, Belgium

·       Zita Nyarady, Canada

·       Franziska Trapp, France

·       Rauli Katajavour, Finland

·       Nick McCaffrey, Ireland

·       Laura Murphy, England

·       Hamish Tjoeng, Australia

·       Stine Mikés Degerbol, Denmark

·       Roxana Kuwen, Germany

·       Cirkus Cirkör, Sweden

·       Maria Lisa Pilcher, Austria

·       Charles Batson, U.S.A.

·       Sepideh Karami, Sweden

·       Ante Ursic, U.S.A

·       Olga Sorzano, UK

·       Kate Holmes, UK


Preliminary keynote speakers from within Stockholm University of the Arts

» Camilla Damkjaer, Head of Research Education
» Jonathan Priest, PhD Candidate in Circus
» Marie-Andrée Robitaille, Senior Lecturer at the Circus Department
» Rolf Hughes, Ph.D. Professor/Head of Research
» John-Paul Zaccarini, Senior Lecturer and PhD at the Circus Department


International keynote speaker

Peta Tait, Ph.D. Professor of Theatre and Drama, La Trobe University Australia. Author of Circus Bodies: Cultural Identity in Aerial Performance


Programme released in the beginning of October

A more detailed programme of the CARD2 Conference will be released in the beginning of October on our web site. The programme will reveal each day’s activities, keynote speakers, performances and more.


Early Bird Conference passes only available until October 1st.

Our Early Bird Conference passes were released in June and will only be available until October 1st for the price of 750 sek. To register and buy an Early Bird Conference pass please visit our web site.


A new Master Programme in Contemporary Circus

Please note in autumn 2016 a new Master Programme in Contemporary Circus is starting at DOCH. Call for application from December 1st and last date to apply is February 1st. More information within shortly on


The Socio-Political Dimension of Circus -extract

Click here to watch The Socio-Political Dimension of Circus, an earlier research project conducted at DOCH by John-Paul Zaccarini.

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