Cirko Vertigo Foundation is an international creation and production centre, a professional and university training centre (three-year degree equivalent in DAMS) in the field of circus arts and residence for young artists that has been active for 20 years and is based in Grugliasco, Piedmont. 

The degree course, the first in Italy in Contemporary Circus, and the training for contemporary circus artist, co-financed by the European Social Fund, are the main activities of the Fondazione and employs a staff of international teachers.

Located in a cultural park, the Fondazione Cirko Vertigo is also a place for leisure training, masterclasses, continuous training, a multidisciplinary season, and the International festival Sul Filo del Circo.

Furthermore, it encourages research and creation, producing and presenting performances, promoting training for circus trainers in collaboration with the cities of Grugliasco and Turin, the region of Piemonte, the province of Turin and banking foundations.

Since 2015, the Fondazione has been a creative center for artistic residences thanks to funding from the Piedmont Region and the Ministry of Culture. Every year, we host 10 to 20 companies on residencies lasting a minimum of 15 days based on a call for participation published on our website.  

Curriculum offered

Three-year degree in Contemporary Circus – Equivalent in DAMS: 

The training project is supported, as well as by the MIC - Ministry of Culture, by the Piedmont Region, the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation, the CRT Foundation and the City of Grugliasco, and is realised with the collaboration of the blucinQue Nice Production Centre, the DAMS of Turin and the City of Turin. 

Professional Training Course for Contemporary Circus Artist:

2 year course comprising 2,400 hours. Financed by the European Social Fund. Download the course details here: 

Admission (Professional Training Course for Contemporary Circus Artist)

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 at the following link: 

Including the following documents: 

  • Letter of motivation (in Italien, English or French) 
  • Curriculum vitae (in Italien, English or French) 
  • Copy of High School leaving certificate 
  • Recent photo (full body) 
  • Recent ID photo 
  • Medical certificate for a professional sporting activity 
  • Copy of identity document (ID card/Passport) 

Selection procedure:

Online auditions are open till 30 June 2022. Candidates will be evaluated according to the following steps: 

  • Physical test (strength, flexibility, resistance) 
  • Acrobatics, theatre, and dance workshops 
  • Presentation of an individual performance of maximum 2 minutes 
  • Individual interview 

More info: 

For more info please do not hesitate to contact us at or +39 (0)11 0714488.