Preserving Circus Past and Nurturing its Future: A Casting Conversation with Genís Matabosch 

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Preserving Circus Past and Nurturing its Future: A Casting Conversation with Genís Matabosch 

Genis Matabosch wears many hats in the circus world: impresario, festival director, artistic director, juror, author, historian, and ringmaster.  On the 10th anniversary of theFestival Internacional del Circ Elefant d’Or, I had a chance to chat with him about his life in circus and his passion for circus history. We also discussed festival casting and Genís shared valuable insights and advice.
Genís Matabosch is the president of La Fondation du Cirque, founded ten years ago with a mission to promote high-quality circus in Europe. The organization also created the International Golden Elephant Circus Festival (Festival Internacional del Circ Elefant d’Or), which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year from February 17-22, and prides itself on presenting acts that have never before been seen in Western Europe. The Golden Elephant Festival originally took place in the city of Figueres, relocating in 2018 to the city of Girona. In addition to the festival, t...
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Stacy Clark

A former gymnast and professional circus performer, Stacy worked in marketing and communications before leaving it all behind to perform and teach circus around the world on stage, at festivals and on screen. Stacy is co-founder of Creative Athletic Performance, a consulting service specializing in casting, coaching and creation. She also teaches career development and act development to the next generation of circus artists training at San Diego Circus Center. Until 2020, Stacy was the Director of Casting at Cirque du Soleil, leading a team of international talent scouts and advisors. Stacy's journey at Cirque du Soleil began in 2007 when she joined the Casting department as a Talent Scout, recruiting athletes and circus artists for the company’s shows worldwide. In 2011 she became Acrobatic Coach on Amaluna, touring North America. Stacy holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson University and a Leadership diploma from Concordia University. She is a certified yoga teacher, nutrition coach, NASM performance enhancement specialist and CrossFit level 1 and CrossFit Kids trainer. “I believe in safe, open learning environments, and cultivating a sense of agency in students, athletes and artists. Excellence in human performance begins with being an excellent human.”