What we do

FEDEC’s work on changes and developments in teaching and creation in circus arts revealed the need to form a partner’s community (teachers, directors, artists, graduates from schools and researchers) specifically focused on research in this field.

Applied research on teaching, education and creation during circus arts training is crucial for our young sector. Research is not adequately documented or valued per se, yet it features in every moment in the life of a school, a lesson or an artistic proposition. Fundamental research must be developed in order to think out perspectives and practices. It is important for the network, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018, to document phenomena, develop educational, artistic and technological innovations, encourage the renewal of disciplines and work together so that the sector is equipped with extensive research.

The FEDEC encourages applied research initiatives on teaching, education and creation during circus arts training among its members, promotes them on its website and in its publications, and joins forces with researchers and groups of researchers involved in human and social sciences (education, employment and other arts) and the circus. The medium-term objective is to develop a community of specialist researchers.

Current projects involving human and social science researchers in 3 survey and analysis projects and 2 projects for publishing educational tools:

  1. SAVOIRS - which studies the career paths of circus arts teachers, work environments, the relationship with work and the sociology of the profession through field-based approaches (interviews, observations, peer continuing training). Associate researchers: CEREP and ICQP.
  2. MIROIR 01, MIROIR 02 and MIROIR 03 – which studies the acquisition of key skills for young, professional circus artists, the career paths of the last generation of graduates (10 years after they graduated) and the channels they used for finding employment through field-based approaches (online surveys, interviews, observations). Associate historian for MIROIR1: Pascal Jacob. Associate sociologist for MIROIR1 and MIROIR2: Zita Herman
  3. ESCALES – or the analysis of various forms of mobility set up in school circus arts training programmes (formal and non-formal) at secondary, vocational and higher levels, their significance and their impact on the students’ acquisition of skills, creativity and employability. Associate author: Cristina Farinha
  4. INTENTS- Publication of innovative educational tools in FR/EN/SP/GER derived from each continuing training course, based on the input from speakers and participating teachers and coordinated by an educational coordinator for each course.  Associate researcher: Agathe Dumont
  5. MAILLONS – Repertory of arts education exercises and experiences drawn up via MAILLONS directors’ workshops. And the first Charter on Ethics and Deontology which consists of recommendations and non-binding principles. Associate University Professor for the Charter: Marc Lévêque