The Huddle Asks Questions on Circus Inclusion


The two-day meeting The Huddle probes the question “who is left out within the circus scene?” Now the event returns for a second, independent iteration, 13-14 April.

On 16-17 March, as part of the contemporary circus meeting Subcase Cyber, SKH profile professor John-Paul Zaccarini curated the event The Huddle, forming part of his research project FutureBlackSpace. Due to significant demand, a second version of the event is now being held. The event is organised in collaboration with Subtopia, and is open to all circus presenters, producers, funders and artists, especially in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

The two-day event is an aesthetic weave of performance lecture, creative writing workshops, discussion groups, podcasts, music and video. Offering an experiential online environment in which to contemplate and work with issues of representation, diversity and inclusion, the event probes these issues both in the circus scene and on a structural, cultural, political and personal level.​​​​​​​

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