CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS

Contemporary Circus is a performance art combining theatre and dance with traditional circus disciplines, constructing a new environment in which creativity can truly flourish.

We focus on the movement in the performances which are theatrical, involving character work with a theme or story. Even though we focus on your physicality, you will also work with theatrical elements, such as interpretation, emotions, and the story you are trying to tell.

The circus techniques are used in conjunction with techniques from dance and theatre to express the performer’s personality, reveal their emotions and give an insight to their backstory. You will learn how to use only your body and your movements to express yourself and communicate a felling, story, or mood.

If you want to challenge yourself both physically and mentally, if you want to learn how to express yourself through your body the Contemporary Circus course is the place for you. Here, you will develop yourself – both as an artist and as a person!

The training is very physical and hard on the body, but everyone is welcome regardless of their physical fitness. If you have the enthusiasm and energy to learn and the will to break your own personal barriers, we will make you fit for circus.

The Contemporary Circus course is also meant to help prepare people who are interested in beginning a circus education and is the best way to prepare for an international circus school; many of our students have gone on to study at higher level circus schools.

 

The teaching in this course is generally conducted in English due to the international background of the teachers.

Contemporary Circus School
– Course Topics

PARTNER ACROBATICS by Frank Kraft

Partner Acrobatics is the performance of partner acrobalance poses and associated movements that involve stationary balances, dynamic movements such as lifts, jumps, and strength poses.

AERIAL ACROBATICS by Friederike Krahl

Aerial Acrobatics is the performance of climbs, falls, and static poses on aerial equipment including trapeze, silks/tissue, rope, aerial hoop, and straps.

CHINESE POLE by Lu Prestach

Chinese Pole is a vertical pole on which circus performers climb, slide down, and hold poses. The poles are generally between 3 and 9 meters high. The most famous trick is “the flag” where the artist hangs straight out from the pole with their hands.

FLOOR ACROBATICS by Frank Kraft

In floor acrobatics you will learn handstands, handsprings, kick ups, front flips, back flips, cartwheels, headstands, and much more.

JUGGLING AND MANIPULATION by Declan Mee

Juggling can be the manipulation of one object or many objects at the same time. You will learn the basics of ball, club, and ring juggling, as well as about manipulating ordinary everyday objects such as chairs, hats, and plates.

DANCE ACROBATICS by Frank Kraft

Dance Acrobatics is a mixture of dance and floor acrobatics where you will learn to combine your floor work with elements of dance to make your body movement more fluid and natural.

PHYSICAL THEATRE by Andreas Constantinou

Physical Theatre is a genre of theatrical performance that pursues storytelling through primarily physical means. You will learn to talk through hand gestures, body language, thought tracking, and many more physical features.

The teacher at Contemporary Circus

Miriam Swartz
Æsel Fritzl

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