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.




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6 months ago

The last two weeks we have been lucky enough to have Ida Langkilde - circus artist visiting the school once again as a guest teacher. Always amazed by her skills, we are also thankful for her never ... See more

7 months ago

This week we’ve had the pleasure of hosting Jonathan Bendtsen as our guest teacher, working on dance and a performance that we will premiere on Monday!

8 months ago

A new semester has begun, and even though there’s quite a bunch of familiar faces, we are super excited for this new group!
Mikkel Skadhede Clara Tone Haagen Olya Tsap Mathilde Højberg Bitsch ... See more

9 months ago

Last show this time around! A huge thank you goes out to everyone involved - it was not possible without each and everyone of you. A huge thanks goes out to Ida Langkilde for co-instructing with ... See more

9 months ago

Last show in aarhus today at 16 at Gellerup scenes! Hope to see you there!

9 months ago

Rehearsals are on! Show is at 19!!!

9 months ago
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How lucky can one circus school get?
On our way home from performing at AFUK we stopped by at Dynamo - Workspace for circus & performing arts to see a show. It was a kids festival but we think our ... See more

9 months ago

First stop of our tour was at AFUK Akademiet For Utæmmet Kreativitet where we had our premiere of our show, Faust & the furious!
Thank you so much to everyone who came out and to @Amoc for letting ... See more

9 months ago

It’s tonight! We are premiering at AMoC - at 18.00. It’s for free and we hope to see you there!!

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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
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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.

Vanille Simeon is a Vinyasa, Yin yoga and partner acrobatics teacher. Vanille also trained as a massage therapist. In 2015, she founded The Maitri Movement offering a platform to a collective of teachers and practitioners willing to share their skills and passion during retreats and workshops around the world. Vanille’s insights and ability to empathize with her students enables her to offer critical support on the journey towards movement mastery.


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 Miriam Swartz

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.


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

Master of Science in Sports Science. Martin Kvist is the founder of Flying High Acrobatics. He is a very experienced teacher of gymnastics, acrobatics and other fields of movement mastery. He has practiced and competed in a variety of acrobatic sports such as vaulting horse and team gymnastics, but when he stumbled upon acrobatics he was hooked for life. Martin is a certified Yin Yoga teacher and an experienced bodyworker. He has a vast knowledge of different treatment modalities, and a lot of experience both with rehabilitation and treatment of sports injuries. Besides throwing people in the air, flying hand to hand and preventing injuries, Martin is passionate about neuroscience, motor learning, and human performance. He has a master degree in Sports Science and specialized in how to prevent shoulder injuries in overhead athletes such as acrobats, gymnasts and volleyball players. Martin continuously strives to combine latest findings in sports science with the age old experience and training philosophy of the masters, and applying this to improve his own and his students’ performance in acrobatics and movement.


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 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 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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