8 to 18 February 2020
The only intensive course for circus professionals in New Zealand
What is Summer School?
Summer School is an intensive 10-day course in which students train on a full time schedule. The program is inspired by those of the most renowned circus schools around the world. It includes a range of classes and activities to train technical skills and develop artistry. This is a unique opportunity to gain a ton of new knowledge, get advice and inspiration for creation, and learn more about working in the international industry.
We are excited to be able to offer an incredibly high-quality training to our circus industry, right here, in Wellington. We believe our course will contribute in not only raising the bar of circus arts in Aotearoa, but also offer the opportunity for our artists to create long lasting relationships throughout the country and the world.
These 10 days will be a memorable and exciting experience shared with like-minded and passionate people in a positive learning environment.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for people who are currently working as performers, or wanting to pursue a career in the circus arts. It can be seen as continuous education for established professionals, or as a complement to the training of pre-professionals.
We will be selecting 30 students based on their training and performing experience, abilities, motivation, and potential. We want to invite students who are as passionate as we are about circus arts, to help them push their own boundaries and those of the NZ circus industry. The course is open to 16+ years old, from anywhere around the world.
What is on the program?
General circus skills
handbalancing, acrobatics, adagio (hand-to-hand), which all students are required to do.
Flexibility, conditioning, injury prevention.
Applicants will select 2 choices of specialty skills (including aerials, contortion, Chinese pole, and more).
These afternoons are all about building tools to create original work and improve stage presence in order to give life and meaning to circus skills.
Expect to do a wide range of activities that might include acting, dancing, improvising, clowning, researching acrobatic movement, working on stage presence and group listening skills, offer feedback, and more!
Don’t worry, we know that some of these might sound challenging, and our trainers will make sure to ease you into it and maintain a positive learning environment for everyone.
Time to apply your new tools to create! In small groups, trainers will guide students through a creation process. The work-in-progress will be presented to the rest of the group, and our local community. This is the perfect context to try new ideas and ways to work without fear of failing. It’s all about learning, practicing, and sharing your experience without pressure!
There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions to our guest trainers, and exchange with the other students. We make sure to monitor closely the level of energy of the students throughout the course, and we may adapt the program as we go.
What skills are offered?
You will find on the application form a list of skills you can choose from. We choose carefully our guest trainers in order to offer a wide range of skills. Unfortunately, we may not be able to cater to everybody's prefered skill. If this is the case, please let us know what you would like to see offered so we can consider it for a future edition of the course!
We will provide the equipment for the classes. However, if you have personal equipment you would like to use, such as a dance trapeze or a cyr wheel, let us know on your application form and we will be in touch.
Guest Trainers for 2020
Aerials (including aerial rope, tissus)
Eve Diamond is an aerialist with over ten years of coaching, training and performing experience in circus arts. Her love and respect for circus started when she first attended camp at Circus Smirkus (Greensboro, VT) at age 12. That summer set the course for her life-long passion and admiration of everything circus. In 2011 she graduated from a three year program in San Francisco, studying under some of the worlds top circus coaches. In the spirit of increasing her skills and knowledge she continued her training in Montreal, Canada at Ecole Leotard, specializing in cloud swing and aerial rope. Her performance career has taken her around the USA, Canada and Switzerland with Circus Monti, Cirque du Soleil, the Montreal Completement Cirque festival, Cirque Productions, Cirque Mechanics and more.
The passion Eve felt for circus early continues to inspire her to educate people of all ages and abilities. She encourages her students to challenge themselves and be challenged by circus arts. Wont you take the chance to hang out with her, literally?
Aerials (including aerial hoop, trapeze), tightwire, contortion
Klara is a dynamic tight wire and aerial hoop artist. She did her stage debut at 3 years old in magic show and started training circus at age 14. She is educated in France and at the University of Dance and Circus in Sweden where she graduated with tight wire in 2010. Since then Klara has performed all over Europe and love the challenge of adapting her circus technique to different genres and art forms. Her professional experience spans from musicals and operas to contemporary circus companies and experimental art projects. She has toured with companies such as NoFit State Circus and Circo Aereo and with several productions from Cirkus Cirkör. Klara has also studied bio mechanics and motor control and has during many years been teaching at the Circus high school of Cirkus Cirkör in Stockholm where she has developed an extensive program for injury prevention and physical preparation adapted to the circus disciplines. She is passionate about giving her students tools for a long sustainable circus career.
Photo Credits: Ekopics (aerial hoop), Mats Bäcker (tightwire), SofianKallner (portrait)
Floor acrobatics and parkour, Chinese pole, club juggling, and more
From Belgium, Ward graduated in 2016 from the prestigious ESAC in Brussels as a Chinese pole specialist. He is the co-creator of the company Be Flat, which combines contemporary circus with urban sports (parkour) and live music. Through their shows, they aim to connect and inspire by establishing a human connection between performer and spectator, through movement and sound. Lately, he has also been busy creating and performing with the French companie "Compagnie du chaos", with their brand-new show which recently opened in Elbeuf.
With a strong background in parkour and music, we are exciting to bring Ward to Wellington to teach a range of skills, including floor acrobatics and parkour, Chinese pole, club juggling, and more!
Aerials (including duo trapeze, trapeze), contortion. Course Organizer
Wellington-based international trainer is back once again as a teacher and course organizer for 2020!
After graduating from the National Circus School of Montreal in 2009, Rosalie was invited to take part of the creation of Cirque du Soleil's Totem, where she performed her duo trapeze act until 2012. Co-created with Louis-David Simoneau (Duo Waz’O), their act has been greatly noticed for bringing a whole new style to this discipline, blending high level technique and surprising transitions with flowing choreography and acting.
She has been teaching workshops, masterclasses and private lessons in over 30 circus schools around the world, including at Montreal’s National Circus school, and Melbourne’s National Institute of Circus Arts.
More recently, she has been the main tutor at the Whitireia Circus-Dance diplomaShe has been involved in multiple projects as creative director or choreographer, including for World Of WearableArt Awards 2018 and 2019.
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Applying to the course
Summer School is an intensive course that is physically and mentally demanding. To ensure the safety of the students and for everyone to get the most out of it, we want to make sure that all participants have a sufficient level of fitness and adequate prior experience that will allow them to fully and safely participate in all activities.
The application process will require you to talk about your training and performance experience, motivation and aspirations. You will have to send a video following specific guidelines to showcase your circus skills, and send us a deposit. We will reimburse any applicants who are not be selected. A maximum of 30 students will be invited to join the course.
Applications must be sent before midnight on 15 November 2019. We will send answers once we have reviewed all applications, in the week following the closing date.
Cost: NZ$ 980
50% deposit required with application by 15 November ($490)
Unsuccessful applicants will be refunded.
Full payment due by 15 January to secure your spot if invited to join the course.
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Please send payments by bank transfer to :
Account name: Wellington Circus Trust
Account Number: 38-9004-0580146-00.
Please write your full name and SumSch2020 as reference
*We offer payment plans. Please contact us for more info about options.