Subcase Cyber

Nordic and Baltic contemporary circus meeting


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Subcase Cyber 15-21 February 2021

Subcase is a contemporary circus meeting with a focus on stimulating and promoting the Nordic and Baltic circus scene. Since 2009, it has been organized in 10 editions, always in collaboration with Swedish, Nordic and Baltic partners. In this time of crises and change, gazing with one eye to the future and another to the past, we hereby introduce Subcase Cyber.

Subcase Cyber will take place on the 15-21th February 2021. Some features will be available the whole week, while other take place at defined times. 


20 six-minute pitch videos, specially produced for this occasion in order to present Nordic and Baltic circus companies and artistic projects, will be available on the website during the whole Subcase week.

Kapsel: Apparat
Svalbard Company: Braintown
M.P.A.C: Breast in Peace
GLiMT and Sputnik & Wild Wonders: CameliOrquestra
Cirkus Cirkör: Circus days and nights
Sanja Kosonen: Cry me a river
Kanta Company: Clothes and us
Marta & Kim: Fase
Henrik & Louise: Korobka
Galapiat Cirque & Collectif Oxo: The Wheel of Misfortune
ENT: Nesa i jorda & Plast
Race Horse Company: O`DD
Aleksey Smolov: Ol´that
Sunniva Løvland Byvard & Elise Bjerkelund Reine: Silhuetter på stranden
Sisus: Split ends
Huldufugl: The Hidden People
Big Wolf Company: Three Sisters
Circus I Love You: Utopia
Right Way Down: Wald
Dziugas Kunsmanas & Adrian Carlo Bibiano: Where do I connect?

The projects were selected on an open call by a committee consisting of representatives from the Nordic and Baltic countries. Find out who they are here. 

If the question of representation, diversity or inclusion has arisen in your field, institution or practice as an artist or producer, as a problem – then FutureBlackSpace offers an experiential online environment within which to contemplate and work with this question.

FutureBlackSpace does so from the embodied perspective of blackness working in majority white institutions and fields, as an example of what exclusion does on a structural, cultural, political and personal level. Not all exclusions are the same. So, from this example, we invite you to work with an intersectional lens on who/what your institution/field/artistic work does not include and why? What could you do about it? Why do you want to do something about it? 

The two-day event is an aesthetic weave of performance lecture, creative writing workshops, discussion groups, podcasts, music and video. It is curated by the FutureBlackSpace team of artists, scholars in gender studies, intersectionality, decolonisation, psychoanalysis and dance, professionals in curatorial practice, fashion, perfumery, psychotherapy and organisational consultation.

The Huddle is facilitated by John-Paul Zaccarini, Professor in Performing Arts at Stockholm University of the Arts, previously Associate Professor in Circus. The team consists of Dr. Ana Sanchez-Colberg, Hanna Wallensteen, Toubab Holmes, Camilla Welton, Dr. Anna Adenji, Majo Cruz and Andrea Davis-Kronlund.

To participate in The Huddle, you need to sign up specifically. Participants are required to commit to the full event, since it constitutes a process over two days:
Tuesday 16 February 10.00-12.30 and 13.30-15.30 (CET)
Wednesday 17 February 10.00-12.00 and 13.00-15.30 (CET)
Breaks are included, and part of the time is used for individual work.

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

The Huddle is organized with the support of Stockholm University of the Arts, Nordic Culture Fund, Nordic Culture Point, The Swedish Arts Council and Region Stockholm 

In the Exhibition in Cyber Space, you will discover more Nordic and Baltic circus companies.

Exhibition in Cyber Space offers 22 artistic companies from the Nordic and Baltic countries visibility in Subcase Cyber the whole week 15-21 February by a link to their own webpage.

There was no selection process to be part of Exhibition in Cyber Space – first come was first served. 

Subcase Cyber invites you to meet with colleagues from around the world at a digital Bonfire and share ideas for the future. All participants are asked to prepare a brief presentation of a vision or a dream for the future (max 5 minutes), in relation to your work situation and experience and/or in relation to circus and performing arts. In intimate breakout rooms of only 4 people you will share your vision and listen to the others.

The Bonfires will take place twice during the Subcase week: Thursday 18 February and Friday 19 February, both days at 15.00-15.45 CET. After registration you will receive info on how to sign up. 

Subcase Cyber proudly presents a collaboration with Manegen, the national Swedish federation for circus, street arts and variety. A panorama of Swedish circus will be available on the website during the whole Subcase week. 

Join the Feedback Partnerships program!

At Subcase we find it important to encourage dialogue and exchange of thoughts between artists and presenters. Like at earlier Subcases, the selected artists presenting their work at Subcase Cyber and participating presenters are offered the opportunity of being match-maked for blind dates.

The aim is a constructive discussion about the local and international possibilities of the project, out from the given circumstances in the world right now. When and how the dialogue is to take place is up to the artist and presenter to decide – Subcase only mediates the contact. Then, maybe over a coffee at Zoom or some other online meeting tool, the artist and the presenter meet.

Feedback Partnerships is not about stating “truths in general” or “selling work”. It is about sharing perspectives on continuing our mutual work, in a world that is shaking under our feet.

When you register to Subcase Cyber, you can sign up to take part in Feedback Partnerships. 

Subcase Cyber is an event specifically for Nordic/Baltic circus artists, and Nordic/Baltic/international representatives of organizations that present or support performing arts. Subcase is not open to the public.

Registration for presenters, /co/-producers of venues, festivals and performing arts events, agents and funders here.

Registration for artists here.

The Huddle will allow a limited number of participants.

If you have questions, contact Subcase on


Subcase 2021 is produced by Subtopia. The different parts are presented in collaboration with Performing Arts Hub Norway, CircusInfo Finland, Lithuanian Dance Information Centre, FutureBlackSpace, Stockholm University of the Arts, and Manegen. With the support of Swedish Arts Council, Nordic Culture Fund, Nordic Culture Point, Stockholm Region and the municipality of Botkyrka.