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We express our support to @balancetoncirque, a collective that fights abusive conduct in the circus sector. 

No form of physical or psychological violence should be tolerated in the circus world, and in particular in the educational and learning spaces that are the FEDEC professional member schools. 

It’s more than urgent to take action: therefore, we are putting our priority on the #prevention and reduction of abusive conduct and gender discrimination within its network. 

BALANCE TON CIRQUE

The #BalanceTonCirque collective was born on July 2, 2021 to act against all forms of physical and psychological violence (humiliation, insult, moral harassment, abuse of power, discrimination, sexist insult, etc.) in circus schools.

The @balancetoncirque Instagram page was created to bring together testimonies from victims, students and former students of circus schools around the world. In three weeks, the collective received more than 100 testimonies from seven different schools, which clearly demonstrates that violence is a structural problem rooted in the functioning of circus schools. This call is intended to elicit reactions from other professional circus schools in France and Europe.

"We denounce learning under pressure and the school of the race for performance. Competition between students is not a pedagogy. We denounce the fact that, in a higher art school whose curriculum is “dedicated to development of [students'] artist identity, as well as experimentation on the ring”, it is also difficult to affirm practices, bodies or aesthetics that come out of the canons of the contemporary circus tradition. Discrimination and repeated outrages by management and teachers impact students in their careers and hinder their creativity, as well as their ability to develop an artistic language of their own.We refuse to be products made available to directors from a predefined network.

We have reported the degrading comments and discrimination made repeatedly by teachers. We were told that we had to accept them because they came from people qualified for their coaching work “that in any case it would be worse in the professional world”.

We have pointed to stress and pressure as a source of injuries, those called: fatigue injuries. We were told “that at the time it was much worse and that we had to consider ourselves lucky to be there”.

These comments, remarks and insults affect our bodies and subsequently accompany us throughout our journey, each time we set foot on stage.

When we say we are in pain, we are in pain.
When you want a second parry, you need a second parry.
When we don't want to be touched, it's because we don't want to.
When you say no, it's no.

We again denounce the immobility of management, teachers, professionals, the board of directors and the ministry in the face of statements of harassment and discrimination within the establishment."

BALANCE TON CIRQUE OFFICIAL STATEMENT – 22 OCTOBER 2021

"For the attention of press and media representatives, directors of professional circus schools, FEDEC, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Equality between women and men, diversity and equal opportunity.

Everyone knew

In the circus too "everyone knew it" (tribune published in Liberation on October 13, 2021 - #MeTooThéâtre: after the release of speech, the urgency of action). As in the rest of the world of the performing arts, the circus is crossed by a movement for the liberation of speech and the collective organization of victims.

Today, we, students and former students of professional circus schools refuse to continue to be silent and to recite the lesson of good students ready to do anything to defend our hard-won places. in prestigious schools.

The circle of circus schools operates behind closed doors. We, students, are highly dependent on teachers and networks of friends (mostly made up of men of the same generation) of directors, directors, programmers rices. The professionals we face during our training are often potential employers, and in a world where the same people keep coming across each other for years, it is all the more difficult to raise the voice for the victims.

Today, we, students and former students of professional circus schools refuse to continue to be silent and to recite the lesson of good students ready to do anything to defend our hard-won places. in prestigious schools.

The circle of circus schools operates behind closed doors. We, students, are highly dependent on teachers and networks of friends (mostly made up of men of the same generation) of directors, directors, programmers rices. The professionals we face during our training are often potential employers, and in a world where the same people keep coming across each other for years, it is all the more difficult to raise the voice for the victims.

While "everyone knew", they and they, responsible, authority holders, referents, did nothing. Today we call on the European Federation of Professional Circus Schools, as well as, in France, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Equality between women and men, diversity and equal opportunities."

➡️ Read the rest of the press release on Balance ton cirque's website

➡️ Read the article "What can we, in the circus world, learn from the #MeToo movement?"