During 5 days, twenty three participants from 12 Caravan members gathered in Tampere, Finland. The week was facilitated by two trainers from Sorin Sirkus, emphasizing on training planning, evaluation, learning mechanisms.
Starting from the planning of one training session, the week evolved towards the conception of longer course planning, to the larger vision on projects and even the organisational structure of a circus school. Using various performing art tools such as theatre, voice, danse, statute, the participants were offered space to reflect on their practice as trainers.
They also creatively composed training courses gathering a great variety of aims/objectives, resources, target groups and tools. Managing these four elements, the group conceived original exercises using circus props. Through brainstorming sessions in big groups and smaller groups, each participant shared both theoretical knowledge on learning theories, group dynamics and different ways of evaluating both each training sessions and larger projects.
They brought all this reflection materials with them and will meet again in Brussels, from June 5 to June 9,2017 where the module will be focused on management and steering of teaching.
The second Caravan Training for Trainers started last November. A group of twenty trainees coming from 11 Caravan partner organisations gathered in Belfast.
Hosted by Belfast Community Circus School, the trainees were welcomed by Will Chamberlain, the director.
This first module was introducing the trainees on the importance of the knowledge of the local context. Through various activities, very well facilitated by Nura and Nathalie, the participants shared their time between large group discussions, a full range of energizers and small group in depth talks.
Interesting discussions were held on the definitions of culture and identity.
The trainees also had time to reflect on the organisation they work for and the work they are doing. The diversity of origines, places of work and perspectives amongst the group was very stimulating.
Moreover, the trainees had the opportunity to do a tour of Belfast, guided by two former political prisoners. Despite the freezing weather, this introduction into the history of the city was very inspiring.
Next meeting in February 2017 for the module on the « Art of teaching » that will be organized by Sorin Sirkus (Tampere, Finland).
CTF in Action 2 – Social Circus Training of Trainers
From November 2016 to September 2017
The training is based on a Caravan research directed in 2014 that led to the creation of the Guidebook for Social Circus Trainers. This manual is the outcome of a 5-year European research carried out by 2 universities, 8 Caravan members and the Caravan office.
The training will take place in 4 different places. There will be 4 sessions of 5 days.
The 1st session will take place from 21_25 November in Belfast (United-Kingdom) and will be delivered by Belfast Circus School.
The 2nd session will take place from 13 – 17 February 2017 in Tampere (Finland) and will be delivered by Sorin Sirkus.
The 3rd session will take place from 5 – 9 June 2017 in Brussels (Belgium) and will be delivered by Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles.
The last session will take place from 11– 19 September 2017 in Bagneux (France) and will be delivered by Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde.
Each session is focussing on specific TLUs or Teaching/Learning Units of the Guidebook for Social Circus Trainers. The first session deals with TLU A « Social context ». The second session deals with TLU B « Act of teaching ». The 3rd session deals with TLU C « Management / Steering of teaching ». The 4th session deals with TLU E « Foundations » and TLU D « Circus Techniques & Creativity ».
The project gathers 10 Caravan members :
Caravan is expanding beyond Europe. This new move to expand the network outside Europe had already started a year ago when welcoming the Palestinian Circus School and Metis Gwa (Guadeloupe). It is now pursuing this development and introducing three new members :
Seoul Street Arts Creation Center is the first street arts-and-circus base camp for production, practice, education, and distribution in Korea. Read more
The Israel Circus School is run by the Association for the Development of Circus Arts in Israel. ICS creates a space for multicultural activities for youth, that transcends the different nationalities, religions, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds. Read more
Since 2007, Salida Circus is offering circus training and performances as a personal development and community building tools for youth and adults in Chaffee County, Colorado and beyond. Read more
This new configuration will enable larger partnerships and create further opportunities for youth exchanges and continue dissiminating experiences through Trainings of Trainers.
The last session of the Caravan Social Circus Training for Trainers took place from 19 to 23 September in Belfast, Ireland. Belfast Circus School hosted twenty participants coming from 10 different European countries.
After teaching sessions in Cirkus Cirkör in October, Sorin Sirkus in February and Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles in June, this last module closes the CTF In Action project. Now the participants will go back to their different schools and contribute to the development of social circus in their local context.
During this last module, the participants were invited to reflect on the social context in which the circus training is taking place. Through research and collection of necessary information, they learnt to understand risks, adapt their pedagogical approach and analyse how to satisfy the expectations of the partners and the target group.
This module was the last session of a four-week training based on the Circus Trans formation guidebook, established in 2014 by the Caravan members.
The next Caravan Social Circus Training for Trainers will start in November 2016. For more information, please contact Caravan Circus Network : firstname.lastname@example.org
From October 2015 to September 2016.
The training is based on the recently published Guidebook for Social Circus Trainers, which is the outcome of a 5-year European research carried out by 2 universities, 8 Caravan members and the Caravan office.
10 Caravan members, 4 training places in 4 different countries, hosted by 4 circus schools, 20 participants from 10 different countries… Caravan is moving forward developing further the social circus field and spreading its benefits !
First step: 5-day session in Stockholm hosted and delivered by Cirkus Cirkör from 26 – 30 October 2015.
More info here
You have been waiting for it… It has just arrived! The final version of the Guidebook for Social Circus Trainers is now ready.
This document is the result of 5 years of research with 2 universities and 8 members of Caravan. It was co financed by the European commission.
The Guidebook sets the minimum competences a social circus trainer should acquire and gives methodological propositions on how to teach these competences.
Caravan is happy to share this tool with you. It is made for you. So make the most of it !