Franziska Trapp

Dr. Franziska Trapp is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Berlin, Germany, and the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. She is the founder of Zirkus | Wissenschaft, organizer of international conferences, including Semiotics of the Circus (2015), UpSideDown—Circus and Space (2017), Semaine du Cirque (2020), and Écrire l’histoire du cirque (2022), initiator of YOUR CIRCUS. Young Researchers Network in Circus Studies and co-editor of the academic journal Circus Arts, Life and Science. Trapp has worked for various circus productions such as the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain (FR) and Cirque Bouffon (DE) and collaborated as a dramaturge with Tall Tales Company (NL), Sysmo (BE), Julia Berger (DE), and Cie Equinoctis (FR), among others. She was awarded third place as Germany’s Best Junior Research Talent of 2019 (Academics/Die Zeit) and received the DGS Young Researchers Price 2020 (German Association of Semiotics) for her PhD entitled Lektüren des Zeitgenössischen Zirkus (De Gruyter 2020, Routledge 2023 (EN)).



Trapp, Franziska: Lektüren des Zeitgenössischen Zirkus. Ein Modell zur text-kontext-orientierten Aufführungsanalyse. Berlin: De Gruyter 2020.


Trapp, Franziska (ed.): 360° Circus – Meaning. Practice. Culture. New York: Routledge 2023.

Trapp, Franziska and Harm van der Laan (ed.): Turning the Cube. Perspectives on Square Two. Rotterdam: Viesrood 2021.

Circus: Arts, Life and Sciences. Issue 1.1. University of Michigan Press 2023 (Section Editor Book Reviews).


Trapp, Franziska. Not my Circus not my Monkeys. Introducing Contemporary Circus. In: Tim Behren und Jenny Patschovsky (ed.): Circus in Flux. Zeitgenössischer Zirkus. Köln: Theater der Zeit 2022. p. 16-23.

Trapp, Franziska: Literary Circus. Towards the adaption of novels in the work of ‚Les Colporteurs’. In: Margarete Fuchs, Anna-Sophie Jürgens und Jörg Schuster (ed.): Manegenkünste. Zirkus als ästhetisches Modell. Bielefeld: Transkript Verlag 2020. p. 361-368.

Trapp, Franziska: « Le cirque contemporain ou ce qu’il en reste » Une lecture du spectacle Les Princesses du Cheptel Aleïkoum. In: Diane Moquet, Karine Saroh, Cyril Thomas (ed.): Contours et detours du dramaturgie circassienne: Chalons-en-Champagne: CNAC 2020. p. 182-197.

Trapp, Franziska: L’importance du context pour la lecture des spectacles de cirque. Le cas de Jimmy Gonzalez, D’Argile. In: Magalie Sizorn, Agathe Dumont (ed.): Professionalisation dans les arts du cirque. Reims: EPURE (Presses Universitaires de Reims) 2018. p. 153-165.

Trapp, Franziska: Disrupting the Binary of Otherness. A Semiotic Reading of the Performance L’autre by Claudio Stellato. In: Hayley Malouin and Karen Fricker (ed.): Circus and its Others. Performancematters: Montréal 2018. p.71-77.

Trapp, Franziska and Maren Conrad: Zirkus und Raum. Eine Semiotik der Performanz. In: Martin Nies (ed.): Raumsemiotik. Räume. Grenzen. Identitäten. Schriften zur Kultur- und Mediensemiotik Online. Flensburg 2018. p. 223-240.

Trapp, Franziska: From the Swiss Alps to the Volcanic Beaches of the Canary Island – Agencies in Site-specific Contemporary Circus Performances. In: Marine Cordier, Emilie Salamero et al (ed.). Toulouse: Carnet de Hypotheses CCCirque 2021.

Trapp, Franziska: (De-) Center. Zum non-human turn im Zeitgenössischen Zirkus. In: Beate Hochholdinger-Reiterer, Annemarie Matzke, Nicolaus Müller-Schöll, Sandra Umathum. Zwischenstand 2020: Was heißt es, sich im Forschungsfeld Theaterwissenschaft zu orientieren? Berlin: Thewis 2022. p.114-126.

Trapp, Franziska: Reading Circus. Dramaturgy on the Border between Art and Academia. In: Franziska Trapp (ed.): 360° Circus – Meaning. Practice. Culture. New York: Routledge 2023.

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