In June 2022, the European Youth Circus selection committee chose 25 performances from 14 countries to participate in the European Youth Circus from over 100 applications.
The selection committee based its decision regarding the participation upon the criteria given below:
- Quality of the artistic performance
- Variety of genres
- Representation of different nations
The judges were Cecilia Hedlund-Stanke (Artiste from Sweden), Peter Kremer (Circus Expert from Germany), Andrea Matousek (Artiste from Switzerland), Arlette Hanson (Director Wintercircus Martin Hanson, the Netherlands) and Frank Zammert, cultural office in Wiesbaden.
Arlette Hansontudied theatre studies, dramaturgy and theatre history among others. Since 1994 she has been the Director of “Wintercircus Martin Hanson” that her parents founded in 1979. Furthermore, Arlette was in charge of directing and dramaturgy for a number of theatre productions in the Netherlands.
At the age of ten Cecilia trained for the first time in Sweden’s "Ludvika Minicirkus". Thanks to a Swedish circus study grant, from 1996 she was able to study at the "Ecole Nationale de Cirque" in Montreal. Since then the young Swede has been a valued colleague and sought-after acrobat throughout the world. On a wobbly tower of chairs and using each one of her muscles Cecilia presents fascinating and seldom seen hand stand feats.
Peter Kremer has been working for the European Youth Circus since 1993. Through his wide-ranging contacts on the circus scene he was already able to motivate many artistes to apply for the European Youth Circus. Peter Kremer already worked at Circus Roncalli and other renowned circus companies.
Frank Zammert has been responsible for the European Youth Circus since 1988. Since this time he has attended a lot of European circus festivals, circus schools and artiste casting shows in numerous European countries. He worked as a jury member at some European circus festivals.
Andrea Matousek (Switzerland), graduated in 2018 the "Staatliche Artistenschule Berlin" with Dance trapeze. She worked and is working for international known companies, as well as e. g. CruiseLine Virgin Voyage, GOP Varieté-Theater, Porsche. She won a lot of trophys at circus festivals, for example at the "Kyiv International Youth Festival of Circus Art - Golden Kasthan" in Kiev, the "Festival International Circuba" in Kuba and at he European Youth Circus in Wiesbaden.