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This year the collective Balance Ton Cirque dropped a bomb in the French circus world which resonated throughout the European circus community.

On the 2nd of July 2021 the collective began out of a desire to combat all forms of physical and psychological violence – humiliation, insult, moral intimidation, abuse of power, discrimination, sexism, indignation, etc. In the weeks that followed the organisation received more than one hundred testimonies coming from seven different schools, among which the famous French circus school Cnac (Centre National des Arts du Cirque). The testimonies revealed ‘a structural problem rooted in the basic manner that circus schools function’.