What we do

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MIROIR is a project aimed at improving knowledge of the environment of vocational circus arts training, the career paths of former students and interaction with the professional sector. It began in 2008 and is now in its 3rd phase (MIROIR03), helping the network extend its observation missions and identify developments in the sector and professions based on the data gathered.

MIROIR01 was initiated in 2008, as a follow-up and report on the “Performance without spirit or spirit without performance? What type of training for what type of artist for what type of sector?” seminar organised in Paris on 23-24 May 2008 by the FEDEC and Pascal Jacob as artistic director of the World Festival of the Circus of Tomorrow. The FEDEC invited the main student employers to meet the schools in order to launch an extensive survey leading to a clearer definition of the profiles and skills required by tomorrow’s circus artists in order to integrate as well as possible into the workplace. The survey resulted in a bilingual analysis report.

In 2009, the 2nd phase of the project, MIROIR02, took up the dialogue once again with employers and opened up to new types of structures, as well as launching a wide-scale survey of all former students – graduates from 1999 to 2009. This phase provided the added value of having data on the relevance of the training they received and in comparison with their professional integration and plans. This phase was conducted in collaboration with sociologist Zita Herman. 

MIROIR03, launched in 2016, will follow on and provide knowledge of developments in the training sector, professional integration and the jobs currently occupied by former graduates from 2006 to 2016, as well as developments in terms of student support and the professional integration of artists. The annual meeting between the FEDEC and the CIRCOSTRADA network and the individual interviews held by the sociologist Zita Herman will provide an opportunity to pursue the survey among the various professional organisations (festivals, residency, production and support centres, and companies). A survey of professional artists graduated between 2006 and 2016 was launched after FEDEC Annual Conference in Brussels in April 2018.

MIROIR 03 will provide a better understanding of the career paths of schools’ former students, the methods and support systems for helping students into employment used by schools, the artists and the production and promotion structures.