The Huddle

The Huddle is a two-day event hosted by SKH Professor John-Paul Zaccarini, asking the question "Who is left out within the circus scene?". The event is the second, independent iteration of an event held in March, and will take place 13-14 April.

Who is left out?

If the question of representation, diversity or inclusion has arisen in your field, institution or practice as an artist or producer, as a problem – then The Huddle, part of Stockholm University of the Arts research project FutureBlackSpace, offers an experiential online environment within which to contemplate and work with this question. The event is organised in collaboration with Subtopia.

The Huddle probes these issues from the embodied perspective of blackness working in majority-white institutions and fields, as an example of what exclusion does on a structural, cultural, political and personal level. Not all exclusions are the same.

So, from this example, we invite you to work with an intersectional lens on who/what your institution/field/artistic work does not include and why?

What could you do about it?

Why do you want to do something about it? 

The two-day event is an aesthetic weave of:

  • a performance lecture
  • creative writing workshops
  • discussion groups
  • podcasts
  • music 
  • video


The Huddle is curated by the FutureBlackSpace team of artists, scholars in gender studies, intersectionality, decolonisation, psychoanalysis and dance, professionals in curatorial practice, fashion, perfumery, psychotherapy and organisational consultation. 

FutureBlackSpace – funded by Stockholm University of the Arts – is a creative space of recovery, discovery and project/artist development, free from the white gaze. It is designed for POC who operate within largely white fields/institutions and offers them a chance, through creative writing practices to reflect upon how this affects or troubles their work/study. It is meant as a supportive space that offers tools to generate authentic work from the specific experience of POC.

  • John-Paul Zaccarini, Professor in Performing Arts at Stockholm University of the Arts (Host)
  • Dr. Ana Sanchez-Colberg
  • Hanna Wallenstein
  • Toubab Holmes
  • Camilla Welton
  • Dr. Anna Adenji
  • Majo Cruz
  • Andrea Davis-Kronlund.

Above – a podcast part of The Huddle

Registration to the Huddle

This is an event specifically for Nordic and Baltic circus artists, funders and producers and will allow a limited number of participants.

Read more about the event and register at Subtopia

If you have questions, contact Subtopia on

This event is organized with the support of Stockholm University of the Arts, Nordic Culture Fund, Nordic Culture Point, The Swedish Arts Council and Region Stockholm