Selection committee

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60 artistic projects applied for Subcase 2017. The applications came from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Lithuania and Estonia – and some in co-production with other countries. The artistic program of Subcase 2017 was curated by a selection committee. The focus was on building a dynamic and diverse program, which allows a good Subcase experience for both presenters and artists.

The selection committee was mainly constituted by representatives of venues from the Nordic and Baltic countries, but also included an English partner since Subcase 2017 presented Spotlight UK Circus.


Riku Lievonen began as the Cirko Center for New Circus director in 2016. His previous position was producer of the performing arts programme at Helsinki Festival. He has worked at Kiasma Theatre, established Turku365 (a large scale urban art project organization),  CircusInfo Finland, as well as with Circo Aereo. Lievonen was a member of the National Council for the Performing Arts 2015-16.
Rachel Clare is artistic director of Crying Out Loud, which since 2002 develops, produces and tours emerging and established cross art form performance. COL creates opportunities for UK and international artists and develops oneoff special events. She curated events for London 2012´s Cultural Olympiad, MIF and Somerset House, and she produced a theatre company based in Havana.
Pirjo Yli-Maunula is artistic director, artist professor, dancer and choreographer in her own company Flow Productions, which is based in Finland and was founded in 2006. She curates Flow-circus, which is a series of contemporary circus performances that is organized through out the year in collaboration with a number of venues and festivals in the city of Oulu.
Jens Frimann Hansen is artistic director of Helsingør Teater as well as the street theatre festival Passage Festival which takes place anually in Helsingør in Denmark and Helsingborg in Sweden. Since 2009 he has been artistic advisor for a street theatre festval in England and is also programming circus at indoor and outdoor venues in Helsingør.
Lars Wassrin  is artistic director and founder of the East Sweden Circus Festival and the development project Nycirkus Öst in Sweden. Lars worked for more than ten years with Cirkus Cirkör as head of production and director of international relations, he has however worked in the performing arts business since the mid 80s, mostly as stage director and theatre manager.
Hellen Smitterberg is curator of performing arts, contemporary circus, theatre, dance and street arts. Current assignments are JONK! International Performing Arts for young audiences and H2O Jönköping, a festival on and around waters.  For Västmanlandsmusiken/ Västerås Concert House she programs performances and residencies of dance and circus in the city and the region.
Katrien Verwilt  & Louise Kaare Jacobsen work for Københavns Internationale Teater (KIT), which presents contemporary circus since 1987 as part of different artistic programmes. KIT also organises development programmes for students, emerging artists, etc. From 2017 KIT’s main focus is Metropolis presenting site-specific multidisciplinary performing arts, including circus.
Martins Kibers is creative director of the contemporary circus and street art festival RE RIGA! Since 2013 it has presented more than 100 artists from 20 countries, introducing a wide spectrum of circus arts. Martins also takes part in different culture activities such as production of award ceremonies, international conferences, and performances for other festivals in Riga.
Kiki Muukkonen is artistic director of the circus department at the cultural centre Subtopia in Sweden. She manages national and international programming, residencies, artistic development projects, seminars, international relations and offers advice to artist on their projects. Since 2009 she has annually produced Subcase and curated the circus program in Hangaren Subtopia.