Digital Leap – Capacity building for circus and dance professionals

Digital Leap is an international two-year project that offers dance and circus professionals learning opportunities for deepening their understanding of digital environments and their possibilities in performing arts. How do we promote and distribute performances digitally and virtually, without compromising the essential live experience? Read more at

Digital Leap is a collaboration between eight expert organisations from seven European countries: ARTCENA (FR), Arts and Theatre Institute (CZ), CircusInfo Finland (FI), Dance Info Finland (FI), Danscentrum Sverige (SE), Institut Ramon Llull IRL (ES), Lithuanian Dance Information Centre (LT) and Performing Arts Hub Norway (NO). Dance Info Finland coordinates the project.

Digital Leap has received funding from the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme. The European Commission is not responsible for the contents of this website.

With support from the Swedish Arts Council.

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Questions? Contact Christina Simpson at Danscentrum Sverige


The Digital Leap learning modules are 5-day events consisting of theory about and hands-on training in digital platforms from different perspectives.

  • Module 3: Expanding your practice at your computer desktop, Distribution strategies on the Internet 3.0.

  • Module 4: Reaching and engaging with audiences through digital means


4–8 october 2022 in Terrassa & Manresa, Catalunya, Spain – Hosted by Institut Ramon Llull

There are no magic tricks when talking about the distribution of dance and circus performances digitally, but there are hidden ways still to be discovered.

In this module we invite you to reflect on the infinite possibilities that the internet has to offer in the realm of distribution. A selection of experts will provoke you to think outside the box, reach new targets and get new communities online to broaden your engagement.

We will also offer you a closer look at the complexities of international taxation and some platforms that can ease your work. Legal experts will guide the group through the development of digital rights and explore how it could support the dance and circus scene.

As part of this module you will also be invited to see curated performances at Teatro Principal of Terrasa and at Fira Mediterranea, an international dance festival in Manresa.


Beginning of February 2023, dates to be confirmed. Aix-en-Provence / Marseille, France – Hosted by ARTCENA.

This module focuses on the key topic of audience engagement and development work, while exploring cutting-edge digital formats. Circus and dance workers (artists and producers alike) will discover how to e-meet and engage with their audience, how to better target them, and how to adapt to emerging participative and immersive practices by looking at examples from other artistic fields. The module, which will take place in the frame of BIAC (Biennale internationale des arts du cirque), will also address the topic of audiences from an ethical perspective, by touching upon various aspects of diversity and inclusion.

Who can apply?

  • Professional* circus and dance artists based in Czech Republic, France, Finland, Lithuania, Norway, Spain or Sweden. For Module 4 (Aix-en-Provence/Marseille) we also welcome applications from producers working with circus or dance.

  • We expect you to be interested in gaining new digital skills and having learning goals for the module and that you are also interested in networking opportunities with the international dance and circus scene.

  • We expect the applicants to have an existing online presence, eg. a website and/or social media profiles and to be familiar with working with computers and mobile devices.

  • No previous international working experience is required, but we expect you to have a clear vision of how you want to work internationally in the future.

  • The learning modules will be carried out in English, therefore we expect the applicants to have working proficiency in English.

  • We encourage artists from all career stages to apply.

  • There are no age limits.

  • Also previous module participants are encouraged to apply

* Circus and dance artists who either have a formal education in their art form, artistic working experience in a professional context or have received public funding for their artistic work.

Applications for 2022 are now closed.

Four to six artists representing circus and/or dance from each participating country will be chosen for each of the modules.

General information

The learning modules are free of charge for all selected participants. Digital Leap will cover the travel and accommodation costs of the participants. Meals, local transportation and other costs will be at participants’ own expense. Please note that you will need to travel to Terrassa / Aix-en-Provence-Marseille the day before and depart the day after the module dates.