Wisdom from the Young Stage: How Circus Festivals Are Prizes in Themselves - CircusTalk

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Wisdom from the Young Stage: How Circus Festivals Are Prizes in Themselves

For festival artists, jurors, and spectators– not to mention the organizing team and their terrific volunteers– it was another big year at the Young Stage festival, and I was delighted to represent CircusTalk on the jury. Industry peers and prizewinners shared their take on the role circus festivals play in helping the art form flourish.
“A festival is between a fairground and a jewel box. For a talent scout with the motto ‘You never know,’ festivals are essential.” — Pascal Jacob, Artistic Director, Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain Nadja Hauser, Young Stage Festival and Artistic Director International Circus Festival Young Stage debuted in 2007, and following what Festival and Artistic Director Nadja Hauser calls a “big, big learning,” took a two-year hiatus to apply their newfound experience and restructure themselves professionally. The next decade saw the festival grow not only in scope, but in critical acclaim, achieving their vision of becoming one of the most important circus festivals in the world...
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Stacy Clark

Stacy is a seasoned professional in the circus and performing arts industry. A former gymnast and circus artist, Stacy worked in marketing and communications before leaving it all behind to perform and teach circus worldwide on stage, at festivals, and on screen. Today she is a freelance casting director, career coach, and artistic advisor. In 2021, Stacy joined the small and dynamic team at the international online platform CircusTalk as CEO. Previously, Stacy was a talent scout and then the Director of Casting at Cirque du Soleil.