The festival

The 15th to 18th of August 2018, Stockholm will be the meeting point for 100-150 young international dance and circus performers. These young movers will share with the public and each other a wide range of what young physical performing art look like today.


4 days of performances.


A Forum for adult professionals within the fields of dance and circus.


Workshops and exchange program for the participating youths.



Young Movers exhibits the talent and power of young performing artists. The festival wants to trigger joyful eye-opening experiences to broad audiences. In the long run Young Movers aims to raise the status of youth performing arts in the public perception and strengthen and develop the field of working creatively with art and youths.

Cooperation partners

Suomen Nuorisosirkusliitto
DOCH, school of Dance and Circus – Stockholm University of the Arts
Dans i Stockholms Stad och Län



Berliner Festspiele
Baltic Nordic Circus network

Financial support

Stockholms  Stad
Stockholms Län Landsting
Nordisk Kulturfond
Kulturkontakt Nord

People behind the project

Young Movers is initiated by UngScenKonst, a Stockholm based independent non-profit association. The associations aims to launch, establish and support cultural meeting points for children and youth. The team behind UngScenKonst consists of circus- and dance artists and pedagogues active in the field of children and youth culture.


The team


Franziska Kusebauch – Artistic Director

Pelle Tillö – Project Leader

Sara Andrén – Producer

Jan Norrman – Initiator and Chairman of the board

Linda Beijer – Consultant


The Jury

The pieces applying to participate in the festival through the Open Call have been discussed and chosen by an international jury consisting of engaged professionals in the fields of dance and circus. Young Movers are very proud to present the jury members of 2018:


Jasmine Attié (SE)


Jasmine is working as a dancer, pedagogue and choreographer. In 2010 she co-founded JELNEK Dance Co, a Stockholm based group that is creating dance performances and workshops for youths. Jasmine graduated from DOCH in 2012. 2016 she became part of the interdisciplinary and mixed-abled company Un-Label and since 2017 she is active in the interdisciplinary collective OFFSHORE. Jasmine has also been working with Simone Forti, Cally Spooner, Satoshi Kudo, Disa Krosness, Teater Nu, Linda Wardal and Emelie Empo Enlund.


André Kaliff (SE/DK)


André Kaliff is a physical actor and dancer, trained at the Department of Mime at Teaterhögskolan in Stockholm. For almost 10 years he has been working as a dancer, actor, choreographer and puppeteer. He often work in contexts where the aim is high quality performances for children and young adults. He lives in Copenhagen and is working both in Denmark and Sweden.


Jo Parkes (DE/UK)


Jo Parkes is a freelance dance and video maker, combining dance and documentary filmmaking. Parkes’s work is a series of portraits of people and places, often presented as installations in public spaces and/or videos. She has directed participatory dance projects for 18 years. She is founder and artistic director of Mobile Dance. Mobile Dance supports individuals in the development of mobility: in their bodies, personal development and relationship to the world around them. Co-creative processes catalyse change in communities, often in locations where access to participative arts is limited. Parkes is the recipient of the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award (GB) and a Fulbright scholar, with a first-class degree in English/German literature from Oxford University and an MFA in choreography from UCLA.


Suvi Piirainen (FI)


Suvi Piirainen is graduating from Lahti Circus Education as an professional circus artist this spring. Suvi started dancing when she was four and circus came into the picture at the age of 7. She has done a lot of performing during the years and has experience of creating shows with the circus group she founded in 2011 at the age of 17. Nowadays Suvi concentrates mostly on circus but still keeps dancing close to her heart by teaching. Suvi Piirainen will join Sirkus Finlandia this spring as a circus artist.


Freya Stokka (NO)


Freya Stokka is a Norwegian acrobat currently studying circus and physical theatre at Circomedia in England. She likes lifting people and falling over. Before starting her circus degree, Freya studied nursing, and is now an authorised nurse. through her practise and studies in health, she pushed her communicational skills. As a circus artist, she believes that the non verbal communication that the participants have – through movement and expression, is the most vital and interesting part of any show.


More info

If you are interested in getting more information about the initiative, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Dance and circus schools, groups, projects and youth companies with young performers between 10-20 from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark can apply to be part. The piece will be part of the public festival programme. Full length pieces last minimum 30 minutes, short pieces maximum 15 minutes.


The selection process


All applications are reviewed by a jury of experienced dancers, choreographers and circus artists, who makes the selection for the festival. Through an open call in November-December 2017, dance and circus schools, groups and youth companies in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland were encouraged to apply with a piece for Young Movers 2018.


The jury


The jury members of Young Movers 2018 are:

Jasmine Attié (SE)  – dance artist

André Kaliff (DK) – physical theatre artist

Jo Parkes (DE/UK) – choreographer and dance/video artist

Suvi Piirainen (FI) – circus artist

Freya Stokka (NO) – circus artist

The jury met the 23rd of February to make a final decision about the participating groups.


Apply with a youth piece


The application process for Young Movers 2018 is now closed!

If you are still interested in the festival or have ideas about contributing and being part, we are always happy to hear from you. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us


Are you working with children and youth in performative contexts ? Would you like to meet colleagues, gain new ideas, discuss, exchange and network? As part of Young Movers, the Forum takes place 15-18th of August Dans och Cirkushögskolan and Södra Teatern in Stockholm

What and for who?

The Forum consists of workshops, presentations and open discussions, addressed for dance and circus artists and pedagogues, choreographers, directors, cultural secretaries and other professionals in the field of children and youth culture.




About things_ – Helena Fernandino (BR/DE)Departing from a process of experimentation and creation with an inanimate object, this workshop explores the wide spectrum of possibilities an object offers for artistic creation. Helena Fernandino is a dancer, teacher and choreographer. In her research, Helena Fernandino examines the interface between dance and cognitive linguistics, focusing on contemporary dance for children and adolescents.

Co-create processes – Jo Parkes (UK/DE) In her workshop, Jo Parkes will lead a miniature co-create process. Together, we will create a small dance and then reflect upon the processes used and their transferability into other contexts. Jo Parkes is a freelance dance artist, director and educator, combining dance and documentary filmmaking in co-create participative projects. She has been creating work in collaboration with young people for almost two decades.

Intergenerational workshop –  Seppe Baeyens (BE) The participants of this workshop will be introduced to Seppe Baeyens (BE) working approach. Together with a group of young non-professional dancers they will explore intergenerational creative dance processes. Baeyens is an associate artist with Ultima Vez and Wim Vandekeybus since 2011, creating intergenerational work with professional and non-professional dancers together on stage.

Process: From Concept to Concrete – Jay Gilligan (US/SE) Through a lecture demonstration along with physical participation we will tackle the following questions: What does it mean to have a process? Why is a process important ? What are the parts of a process? How to incorporate ideas into your process? How to generate specific change and results from a process? Which are the reference points to compare and contrast a different process? When to activate your process?Jay Gilligan is internationally renowned for his creative and intellectual development of juggling as an art form. He is the head teacher of juggling at the Dans och Cirkushögskolan in Stockholm Sweden.



The Forum also contains presentations and discussions on the theme of how to create performances with young people. These talks will cover both examples and ideas for creativity and discuss the organisation needed to realise artistic projects.


Participation Fee

The participation fee to be part of Young Movers Forum is 750 SEK, this includes 3 days of workshops, 4 days of performances, lunch and dinner all days.


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Want to be in the center of this exciting festival? We want your help to make Young Movers the most inspiring event it can possibly be. By volunteering you can get to know international young dancers and circus artists and learn about what goes into organising a performance festival. Volunteers who are active will receive free entry to the shows as well as food and beverage.


Volunteering areas include:


Communication / Information (English language skills required)

Help with participant hosting

Accommodation monitoring

Food preparation

Technical support

Help with building up and taking down the stage/ Carrying stage equipment

Documentation  (English language skills required)

Preparing festival material (welcoming bags, name tags, etc.)


You are required to:


Commit to at least two shifts of 4 hours each

Wear YoungMovers T-shirts


For more information please send a message to

We are looking forward to your participation. Thank you very much for your help!

*summary in English below


Är du aktiv i dans eller cirkus på din fritid och vill ta del av en Nordens enda dans- och cirkusfestival för och av barn och unga? Kom och häng med på Young Movers i sommar! Med festivalpasset är du en del av Young Movers de fyra festivaldagarna. I festivalpasset ingår:  3 dagar med workshops (kl 10-15) , 4 kvällar med föreställningar,  övernattning, frukost, lunch, middag i fyra dagar,  avslutningsfest


Tid och plats

15-18 augusti, Dans- och cirkushögskolan och Södra Teatern, Stockholm



Workshopsprogrammet innehåller en spännande variation av dans och cirkus, som leds av inbjudna gästlärare, t ex Mikael Kristiansen (handstående), Emma Rozgoni (gaga), Sebastian Björkman (locking), Helena Fernandino (skapa med objekt) – fler stilar och lärare tillkommer! Du ska ha tränat dans/cirkus i någon form tidigare men behöver inte ha testat de genrer/stilar som du gör på festivalen. Du kan välja de workshops som intresserar dig. Förbered dig på mycket glädje, inspiration och utmaningar!

Du kommer även vara med och skapa en flashmob tillsammans med alla 150 deltagare på festivalen!


Deltagaravgift & anmälan

Ett festivalpass kostar 950 kr. Observera att mängden platser är begränsade, och att det är först till kvar som gäller! Fyll i följande länk för intresseanmälan:

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With Young Movers Festival Pass you are able to participate in the full program of Young Movers. This includes dance and circus workshops in various styles and genres and access to all of the performances that are shown 15-18th of August. The festival pass also includes accomodation and food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during 4 days!

One Festival Pass costs 950 SEK including the mentioned above. Note that the amount of Festival Passes are limited!

Are you interested and want to know more? Register here:

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Photo: Johanna Hopun

The piece deals with the special calmness and euphoria, that the dancers find in their art in the midst of the chaotic life surrounding us.


Young People are one of the biggest group of consumers of cotton in Sweden. Cotton deals with this consumer behaviour, its impacts on environment and on humans, especially children.


What happens when we are alone. Truly alone. No people, no devices, no distractions. Just ourselves and our thoughts. This piece explores how your mind wanders when nothing is there to stop it.


This piece has been created based on the individual dancer’s skills and interests, which have been made into a choreographic score. Mixture of Exploring connects the dancers through the common interest for movement – beyond style and identity.


Inspired by August Malmströms painting ‘Grindslanten’ the piece is exploring money, loneliness and the need to belong. Does money lead to or does it rather prevent happiness?


Noxnoxnox was created by the three performers. With the intensity of modern circus, it takes you on a journey through a young person’s mind.


Inspired by the #metoo movement, the piece focuses the idea of force, physical force, force we create as we stand and move together, force against a set of ideas.


Cotton Limited Edition is an extrait from Cotton – a circus performance that deals with cosumer behaviour, its impacts on environment and on humans, especially children.


Luan is a liar, a wizard, a clown. Someone who creates everything out of nothing. Six young dancers follow Luan through the world of movement, encounter and the search for laughter.


Circus arts, poetry from Kalevala, Finnish folklore and mythology – these elements are the creative powers behind the full length circus show Kinahmi.


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