What we do

The ESCALES project focuses on the analysis of the different forms of mobility available in circus arts training programme of network schools (secondary, vocational and higher education level), their importance in circus arts training and their impact on the acquisition of skills and on the employability of students.


Mobility is a fundamental aspect of the circus arts. It is of central importance in students’ learning as well as their social, technical and artistic development. Yet mobility remains a highly complex phenomenon, due in particular to the extreme diversity of training systems and the specific characteristics of circus arts.

Focus Group 5 has been consulting and mobilising network members since 2011 in order to understand the challenges involved in mobility and encourage the development of the network as a mobility platform.

The ESCALES project has the following objectives:

  • To find out about and analyse the mobility of students from schools in the FEDEC network throughout their training pathway
  • To assess the impact of this mobility on the development of their skills, their creativity and their increased employment prospects
  • To set up a mobility assessment system
  • To develop tailored tools to promote mobility and draw on its value

The ESCALES project is in line with European educational priorities and uses the tools developed to influence European mobility programmes to make them become more tailored to the needs and specific characteristics of the circus arts training sector.

The project has two phases:

  • 2013-2015 – The survey is conducted and tools are created to support mobility (Mobility Charter and Agreement, FEDEC Mobility Passport)
  • 2015-2017 – Tools are tried out and distributed within the network, recommendations
The main expected tools and outcomes to facilitate student mobility in the circus arts sector

Improving knowledge on mobility:

  • ESCALES survey launched in April 2013 to know and analyse student mobility experiences of the FEDEC schools
  • creating the ESCALES publication: “Analysis of student mobility in circus arts” (conclusions and recommendations).
  • developing information tools on current mobility practices (mobility form, typology, monitoring of members)

Setting up a mobility platform:

  • developing tools for disseminating mobility opportunities
  • sharing information about European mobility programmes
  • creating a Mobility Charter: a reference document to facilitate and encourage mobility ( recommendations and good practices)
  • creating a Mobility Agreement: a framework for mobility (administrative and financial template)
  • creating a Mobility Passport
  • creating a Creative Journal to encourage students to document the creation or learning steps and the non-formal and informal aspects of mobility that nourish their training

These tools are being tested within the network.