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The first session of continuous training for circus arts teachers was held at Rosny-sous-Bois from 30 March to 3 April 2015 and was about Verticality, Weight and Gravity.

The first themed continuing training course for circus arts teachers on Verticality, Weight and Gravity was held at Rosny-sous-Bois from 30 March to 3 April.

In all, 28 people opened the training cycle as specialists in cross-cutting issues like verticality, weight and gravity. 20 teachers from 7 disciplines participated in the course and 15 FEDEC schools, 14 of which are partners of the INTENTS project, were represented.

Anne Morin, leader of Focus Group 2 and the INTENTS Committee, FEDEC board member and co-director at the Centre de les Arts del Circ Rogelio Rivel, was in charge of the educational coordination of the course.

Four presentations were given by Roberto Magro (Central Del Circ), Clare Anderson (NCCArts), Marie-Céline Daubagna (Le Lido) and Chloé Moglia (Rhizome).

21 disciplines were represented which provided an opportunity for wide-ranging discussions in terms of points of view and methodologies.

They included flying trapeze, silks, cloud swing, Chinese pole, flexibility, stage management, staging, choreography, static trapeze, Washington trapeze, balancing, hand to hand, straps, wire, acrobatics, trampoline, contemporary dance, theatrical research, aerial cradle, hoop and rigging.

thématiques ont structuré la semaine :

  • “What training is needed for a vertical composition?”, Roberto Magro  (Centre de les arts del circ Rogelio Rivel)
  • “Using movement principles for curriculum development”, Clare Anderson (NCCA)
  • “Teaching methods at the Lido, or how movement becomes meaningful”, Marie-Céline Daubagna (Lido)
  • “Suspension”, Chloé Moglia (Rhizome)

Also, the whole course was filmed thanks to the CNAC and its audiovisual production unit, and observed by CEREP researchers who were gathering data for the standard continuous training programme and SAVOIRS01 – the future competency framework for teachers.

All participants welcomed the opportunity to discuss and reflect on their teaching practices and the concepts of verticality, weight and gravity. There were lively discussions, particularly about finding the right combination and balance between learning circus techniques, essential for student progress, and supporting the students’ artistic project.

A very big thank you to the ENACR for hosting us and to everyone who contributed!

Further information about the project on the INTENTS page