Creation and residency centres

There are currently five large centres of creation in Catalonia that are specialised in circus and street theatre.

In circus, the oldest is the Ateneu Popular 9 Barris, a public community-run sociocultural centre that was set up in 1977. The Ateneu carries out cultural, educational and social activities, and, for the last twenty years, has acted as a centre of creation for established professional companies related to the circus. Each year, a company is selected to prepare a show that is preformed in the winter and often goes on tour around Catalonia. In 1995, Ca l’Estruchin Sabadell came into being. This is a very multidisciplinary centre of artistic production and creation that has been run by the Circ La Vela Centre for Creation and Production since 2014.

In 1999, in parallel with the founding of the Rogelio Rivel school, the Rogelio Rivel Centre de les Arts del Circ was also created as a place for meeting, training and exchange, dedicated to training and creation in the circus arts. Finally, there is the Central del Circ, a place for creation, research, rehearsal, and ongoing training for circus arts professionals, promoted by the APCC (the Association of Circus Professionals of Catalonia) since 2011. This is a space for creation, residence and training, and a platform for emerging artists. the network of residences is completed with a dozen smaller places scattered around the country, like the Circoteca (Valls), the Tub d’Assaig 7,70 (Terrassa) or Roca Umbert, and Fàbrica de les Arts (Granollers), among others. The circus is also present in the network of Fàbriques de Creació of Barcelona city council.

The only large place for creation and residence in the street arts in Catalonia is in Tàrrega (Lleida), promoted by FiraTàrrega as part of the Support for Creation programme. This is a centre without its own home, as the residencies are done in different places around town to finish the creations in public spaces.

This entire network of residences is in response to calls in the past from artists and festivals for well-equipped places with good conditions to facilitate high quality artistic research and creation.

Ada Vilaró i Casals

— Multidisciplinary artist, Cia. Ada Vilaró & artistic director, Festival of Contemporary Creation Escena Poblenou —

What are the most important challenges for circus / street art in your country and specifcally when it comes to audience and marketing development?
"Continue to give support to creation and multidisciplinary research in street arts, as well as promoting projects that have a direct relation to, and affect the structure of, the territory and generate a sense of community there. Empower the street arts as references for social transformation. Regarding the development of the market, continue generating national and international networks and circuits of creation, presentation and reflection."

Photo: Martí E. Berenguer