• Social Circus – A Guide to Good Practices

    Social Circus – A Guide to Good Practices

    An extensive handbook for setting up and running social circus projects published by Finland's Centre for Practise as Research in Theatre.

    Contents

    1. LAUNCHING SOCIAL CIRCUS ACTIVITIES

    1.1. Before starting a new form of work
    1.2. From purchaser to partner
    1.3. Points to agree on
    1.4. Setting objectives
    1.5. Information and marketing
    1.6. Assessment and evaluation

    2. CIRCUS GROUP AND BEGINNING THE INSTRUCTION

    2.1. Role of the circus instructor
    2.2. Varied needs of groups and participants
    2.3. Group process in circus
    2.4. Participation in instruction
    2.5. Special groups

    3. CIRCUS CLASS

    3.1. Basic structure of a circus class
    3.2. Flexibility and adaptation
    3.3. Progress of training
    3.4. Inspiring and motivating
    3.5. Safety and security
    3.6. Documenting the activity

    4. WRAPPING UP A COURSE OF CIRCUS INSTRUCTION

    4.1. Towards a performance
    4.2. Mini shows
    4.3. Letting the group create the idea
    4.4. Performance as high point of the course

    5. CIRCUS INSTRUCTOR

    5.1. Identity of circus instructor
    5.2. Work supervision
    5.3. Instructor teams
    5.4. Sharing responsibilities in the team
    5.5. Self-evaluation
    5.6. Wish lists of employers and circus instructors

    6. CIRCUS TOOLKIT

    6.1. Circus Club, six/ten classes
    6.2. Fire art workshop of two/four periods
    6.3. Final party of circus club – timetable and programme
    6.4. To support motivation
    6.5. Agenda for weekly and monthly meetings of circus instructors
    6.6. Sample co-operation agreement
    6.7. Commercialisation of circus activity

    APPENDICES – SOCIAL CIRCUS IN EUROPE

    EUROPEAN SOCIAL CIRCUS ORGANISATIONS

    Circus Elleboog, Amsterdam
    Ecole du Cirque du Bruxelles, Bruxelles
    Albert and friends instant circus, London
    Upsala Circus, St. Petersburg
    Cabuwazi, Berlin

    CIRCUSES INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT

    Cirko – Centre for New Circus Helsinki
    Espoo School of Performing Arts, Espoo
    Fire show group Flamma, Tampere
    Oulun Tähtisirkus, Oulu
    Cultural Centre Pii Poo for children and young people, Lempäälä
    Sorin Sirkus, Tampere
    Sirkus Supiainen, Orivesi

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