Lets talk! The Workshops & Professional Events

The mission or goal of YOUNG STAGE is, among other things, to impart knowledge to young artists, to show them different aspects of being a professional artist, to prepare them for the free market, to encourage them to think and to provide them with professional advice. In addition, many direct contacts with bookers, directors and other professionals in the scene should be made at the festival itself, so that everyone goes home with a backpack full of new input, suggestions and contacts.

Participation in the workshops is free of charge!
All workshops are open to performing arts practitioners free of charge. What is discussed in the workshops does not only apply to performers in the circus scene. The topics are just as relevant for other performing arts disciplines such as dancers, musicians, actors, etc. producers, directors and bookers are also very welcome. Let’s talk!

All Workshops will be held in English.


Friday, 3 May 2024 | 11.30 – 13.00 h & 14.00 – 15.30 h
Workshops for Artists & Professionals

  • 11.30 h Workshop «Had I known – Management for your rockstar career»  – READ MORE
  • 14.00 h Workshop «How and why create something outstanding?» – READ MORE

Saturday, 4 May 2024 | 11.30 – 13.00 h
Workshop «Changing perspectives – Insights into the work of a producer»

Monday, 6 May 2024 | 14.00 – 16.30 h
«Professional Session» & «Circus speed Dating» – READ MORE

  • 14.00 – 15.00 h Panel Discussion: «How can traditional and contemporary circus inspire eachother?»
  • 15.15 – 16.00 h Circus Speed Dating (guided Networking Event for all)
  • 16.00 – 16.30h Coffee & Cake

Details to the Workshops

Friday 3 May 2024 11.30 – 13.00 h
Workshop «Had I known – Management for your Rockstar Career»

Workshop Lead:  Andréanne Quintal (Canada), Artist, Producer

In this workshop, Andréanne will show you concrete tools to turn artists into entrepreneurs. How do you sell yourself? How do you get hired again and why don’t you get hired? How much are you worth? How do you achieve goals you never thought possible? Topics will be addressed that will help you become a master of the industry and understand the reality of the market. Afterwards, workshop participants will be equipped with important tools to successfully master professional challenges.


Friday 3 May 2024 14.00 – 15.30 h
Workshop «How and why create something outstanding?»

Workshop Lead: Urs Jäckle, artistic Director Krystallpalast Varieté Leipzig

In a sea of artists you have to stand out. With unique work you create your own personal brand, get more jobs – and can make a good living from it. But how do you create something new? What is your favorite approach and how can you make your creation more marketable? How did the circus legends of the past do it? Why do you choose one type of music and not another? How do you deal with feedback? At the end of the workshop you will leave with a number of concrete techniques and a lot of inspiration. If you want to work professionally in the performance arena, you shouldn’t miss this rare opportunity for creative exchange on a high level.


Saturday 4 Mai 2024 11.30 – 13.00 Uhr
«Changing perspectives – Insights into the work of a showproducer.»

Workshop Lead: Nadja Berger, Festivaldirector, Showproducer

Is a project/show still art if it works commercially and the artists can earn money with it? What do you understand by the terms commerce and culture, are the two terms actually opposites? Do you create your art just for yourself or for an audience and who is your audience? What does it mean to create AND produce a show yourself? What do you have to consider?

Sometimes it’s good to change your perspective in order to fully understand a business or an industry. This workshop is about shedding light on the most important aspects of show production and looking at things from a different angle for once. It is about risks, the importance of sponsoring and fundraising, the relevance of communication and storytelling and much more.


Monday 6 May 2024 14.00 – 16.30 h
Professional Session & Circus Speed Dating

Panel discussion to the topic  «How can traditional and contemporary circus inspire each other?»

The following questions will be discussed, among others.
Are there already traditions in the new circus? What are the characteristics of traditional and new circus? Can the traditional circus be an art and the new circus a business? How can the two inspire each other? Why is «showing skills» no longer a trend in the new circus?

The Talk will be hosted by Urs Jäckle, Artistic Director of Krystallpalast Varieté Leipzig. The talk guests will be announced soon.

The following people will take part in the panel discussion:
Urs Pilz, Artistic Director of the International Circus Festival Monte-Carlo
Anna Geering, Head of Performing Arts, Film & Media Arts, Cultural Promotion Canton Basel-Landschaft
Adrian Porter, Head of Higher Education at the National Centre for Circus Arts, London
Louis Bourgaut, casting director at “The Seven Fingers”
Diana Salles, artist, activist, creator, dancer and Award-winning Performer. Co-author of the Fringe awarded solo show «DELUSIONAL – I killed a man».

Circus Speed Dating
Our speed dating is an easy way for artists, producers, bookers and other professionals to get to know each other and network.