Selection committee

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61 artistic projects applied for Subcase 2019. The applications came from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – and some in co-production with other countries. The artistic program of Subcase 2019 is curated by a selection committee. The focus is on building a dynamic and diverse program, which allows a good Subcase experience for both presenters and artists.

The selection committee is constituted by representatives of venues from the Nordic and Baltic countries.


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.
Gintare Masteikaite is artistic director of the international circus festival New Circus Weekend and the contemporary dance festival New Baltic Dance in Lithuania. Since 2017 she leads Lithuanian Dance Information Centre. She specializes in producing and presenting contemporary dance at international art fairs, festivals and theaters, promoting cross-continental collaboration.
Jens Frimann Hansen is artistic director of Helsingør Teater as well as the street theatre festival Passage Festival (DK) which takes place annually in Helsingør in Denmark and Helsingborg in Sweden. Since 2017 he is also the Artistic Director of SO-Festival in Skegness (UK), 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! Performing Arts in the city and region of Jönköping. 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.