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Arc en Cirque

Centre régional des arts du cirque de Chambéry

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Chambéry Circus Arts Centre “Arc En Cirque” is  a non-profit organisation created in 1987. It was recognised as a vocational training centre in 1995 by the French Ministry of Culture and the Rhône-Alpes Regional Authorities.

It is organised in 3 sectors:

  • the vocational circus arts training centre,
  • the resource centre, comprised of a documentation centre and artistic residencies,
  • the leisure circus school.

Circus artists nowadays transcend performance to join a renewal of Circus Arts. Educational and artistic objectives of the vocational training centre of Arc en Cirque include training performers and/or circus-makers, who will create circus for today and tomorrow, passing on a profession and an artistic experience, by permanently combining learning and research.

Arc en Cirque works with artists and cultural and artistic partners to promote circus arts' influence in France and Europe.

Training offered

  • Preparatory Training for Higher Education institutions or Artistic Training Programmes: 2-year pre-vocational, technical, and artistic training programme.
  • Artistic Training leading to a Level III “Circus and Movement Artist” qualification registered with the RNCP (French National Register of Professional Certifications): direct access to the profession (in collaboration with Piste d’Azur and the CADC Balthazar). A 3-year vocational artistic and technical training programme.
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  • © Arc en Cirque


Preparatory Training

Candidates should be between 16 and 22 years old and have a Junior High School Certificate (BEPC) or a High School Diploma (BAC) depending on the courses they wish to take.

Artistic Training

Candidates should be at least 18 years old and have specifically defined their circus skill related to their creative project.

Courses are open to international students (please contact your embassy).

Disciplines taughts

  • Acro dance
  • Aerial acrobatics
  • Aerial straps
  • Bascule/Teeterboard
  • Chinese pole
  • Clowning
  • Equilibristics
  • Floor acrobatics
  • German wheel/Cyr wheel
  • Juggling - Object manipulation
  • Rope
  • Russian bar
  • Silk
  • Slackrope
  • Static trapeze
  • Swinging trapeze - Cloud swing
  • Tightrope
  • Trampoline
  • Unicycle
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  • © Arc en Cirque

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Directors: Eric Angelierand Christine Perrin

Academic year

From mid-September to end of June.

Training language(s)



Arc En Cirque – Centre Régional des Arts du Cirque de Chambéry
9 rue du Genevois
73000 Chambéry

Founded in 1987

FEDEC member since 2000

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