The Scuola di Cirko Vertigo whose K from Kinema suggests movement – is a project supported by the city of Grugliasco (close to Turin). It is located in a cultural park, in the Casa del Teatro di Strada e del Circo Contemporaneo (Center for Street Theatre and Contemporary Circus), housed in two renovated buildings and a blue and yellow circus tent, in which international artistic shows are also presented. The school’s main activity is the programme of vocational training for contemporary circus artists. This training is financed by the European Social Fund, thanks to the vocational training centre FORCOOP.

The Scuola di Cirko Vertigo also organises leisure training, themed training and the presentation of contemporary circus acts.

The school falls within the scope of a larger project, the Casa del Teatro di Strada e del Circo Contemporaneo which has been developed by the association “Qanat Arte e Spettacolo” in order to protect and promote circus arts in collaboration with the cities of Grugliasco and Turin, the Piemonte region, the province of Turin, Fondazione CRT and Compagnia di San Paolo.

Since 2015, the Casa del Circo Contemporaneo has been a creative centre which hosts artists in residence thanks to funding from the Piedmont Region and the Ministry of Culture. Every year, the Casa hosts 4 – 5 companies on residencies lasting a minimum of 20 days based on a call for participation published on their website. The outcomes of the residencies are presented in public at a contemporary circus ‘showcase’ held in November.

In 2007, the City of Grugliasco put the Scuola di Cirko Vertigo in charge of the artistic direction of the ‘Sul Filo del Circo’ Festival.

Curriculum offered

Corso di Formazione Professionale per Artista di Circo Contemporaneo: 2 year course comprising 2,400 hours. Financed by the European Social Fund. Download the course details here.


Entry requirements:

  • Aged 18 and over
  • A high school diploma or a higher education diploma
  • Provision of a medical certificate for a competitive sporting activity

Application procedure:

Application forms must be sent by 31st May 2018 to:

  1. Pre-registration form
  2. Personal statement
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Copy of High School Diploma or Higher Education Diploma
  5. Full-length photo
  6. Photo in ID photo format
  7. Medical certificate for a professional sporting activity
  8. Copy of identity document

Selection procedure:

  • Physical fitness test (strength, agility and endurance),
  • Participation in acrobatics, drama and dance workshops,
  • Presentation of an individual act lasting a maximum of 2 minutes,
  • Individual interview,
  • Foreign pupils must pass a test to assess their skills on entry at the same level as a high school diploma in Italian, English, Mathematics and IT.

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