Artists in residence receive an artisic fee. All residencies are open for all levels of circus artists - both beginning and experienced artists, both Belgian and international makers are welcome to develop their practices or new shows.


With its residencies, MAD puts the emphasis on development. If your work is multi-disciplinary and your artistic choices are clear and edgy, MAD will be even more motivated to grant you a residency. We also value transparency, open-mindedness, concepts that connect people, respect, and a focus on subjects relevant to today’s society. MAD is always on the lookout for up to date artistic developments within the circus scene and for projects addressing contemporary challenges.

Custom residencies

If you find yourself in the research stage of your project, you’ll get sufficient time and space to experiment during a LAB RESIDENCY. If your project is already being developed, MAD offers you a CREATION RESIDENCY, where you can finish the work on your show or installation.

But there are opportunities for those who just need space for technical trainings or rehearsals, as well. If possible, we even prefer to set up a long-lasting partnership: starting with a LAB RESIDENCY which evolves into a CREATION RESIDENCY and ends with your project finding its way to an audience. However, this is not a prerequisite.

Professional support

MAD does not only offer artistic and creative support, but support in terms of production, all promotional matters, and all things technical as well. Artists get the opportunity to organise try-outs and showcase the result of their residency during the MAD Festival. The festival has a vast network which will be used to help broaden your creation’s audience.