For hundreds of years, the know-how and techniques of circus families were handed down from one generation to the next. But over the last 20 years, a revolution of new forms of circus arts has been spreading across the continent and training schools have opened in most countries.
Since 1998, the European Federation of Professional Circus Schools (FEDEC) helps networking between these schools. Improving the quality of circus education and ensuring proper implementation of health and safety standards are central to the project. It has developed a manual with six professional development modules, each specifi cally dedicated to the technical aspects of a range of circus disciplines and a seventh “transversal” module related to safety and rigging. These seven modules were generated through a participative process, with each module arising from the “confrontation” and synthesis of good practices from dozens of teaching specialists in these fi elds. They can be downloaded for free from the FEDEC website in English and French. A series of pedagogical films, compiled on two DVDs completes the manual. In addition to their role as tools for all teachers and trainers of circus arts, the products of the project are also of special interest to sports educators.
Gérard Fasoli – Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque (Bruxelles)
Tim Roberts – Fédération Européenne des Ecoles de Cirque professionnelles (FEDEC)
146, boulevard du Souverain
Tel. +32 26780994
Fax +32 26780999
Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque (BE), Banquine (BE), Die Etage (DE), Escuela de Circo (ES), Carampa (ES), Escola de Circ Rogelio Rivel (ES), Centre des Arts du Cirque Balthazar (FR), Centre National des Arts du Cirque (FR), Arc en Cirque, Centre des Arts du Cirque de Chambéry (FR), Ecole Nationale des Arts du Cirque de Rosny-sous- Bois (FR), Ecole Nationale de Cirque de Châtellerault (FR), Le Lido, Centre des Arts du Cirque de Toulouse (FR), Flic, Reale Società Ginnastica di Torino (IT), Scuola di Cirko di Torino (IT), European Circus Association (NL), The Circus Space (UK)