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SOCIAL CIRCUS

Social circus training

In 2000 Cirque du Soleil, in association with circus schools and other interested partners, set up an international training program aimed at developing the teaching skills of social circus instructors and community workers. Carried out jointly with local partners, this program intends to develop strong personal and professional ethics, to pass on fundamental notions about this participative and innovative pedagogical method, to link the learning content to the community’s reality and to encourage and advocate circus arts as a tool of individual development.

Since the program was set up, social circus training courses were given to more than 2,000 participants from over 25 countries throughout the world and have reached some hundred different organizations, including our Cirque du Monde partners.  Cirque du Soleil was also actively involved in developing the Instructor in Circus Arts training program at the National Circus School of Canada, which includes a 60-hour course load dedicated to leading circus programs in a social intervention context.

Educational tools

Faced with such widespread interest and in response to the many expressed needs of our collaborators, it became necessary to provide trainers, community workers, circus instructors as well as organizations hosting social circus initiatives with training material suited regardless of which social environment they work in. This is why we undertook the creation of a series of educational tools, which aim to support and promote the development of social circus, and to allow all organizations involved in social circus to profit from the expertise developed by Cirque du Soleil and its many partners. Some of these tools will be available to the general public, while others will be reserved for social circus practitioners.

To purchase the Basic Techniques in Circus Arts multimedia kit, visit our online store.