SOCIAL CIRCUS

Young people with disabilities

 

Circus Camp for teenagers with a mental disability (2012-…)

During the Easter vacation of 2012 we started organizing a private circus camp for teens with a mild- to moderate mental disability. The aim is to use circus skills as a way to encourage these youngsters , in their movement in a creative and socially stimulating way. At the end of the week they work towards a small performance, where you see the young people, beaming with pride about what they have learned.

We always work in a safe environment, where a nice group atmosphere prevails and everyone is at ease. With this main objective, youngsters playfully learn the tricks of every circus technique.
Over the past years, this small camp has always been a great success and we strive to organize this every year during the Easter break.


 

Custom made Circus for students of Terbank

In 2013 or 2014 we offered a whole range of workshops and classes for the young people of Terbank. These custom made lessons have led to the participation of some of these young people in the weekly classes in an inclusive way.


 

Circus for the blind (2013)

We want to make circus - especially acro balancing - accessible to the blind and visually impaired, and examine how we best approach this.

We did not make this up. Acro Balancing is a form of acrobatics where we work with support structures, with at least 2 persons. It also works with three, or 4 or even more. The structures with more people we call acrobatic pyramids. Many positions in acrobalanceren are not so much based on seeing the partner(s), but on feeling (weight, balance, moving together). That is why we are curious how people with limited view this will deal.

The first step in this is to with a small group of adults with visual impairments to work around this form of acrobatics. We do trust- and balancing exercises, work around physical contact, try to carry a partner's weight and experience what it is to be carried. Step by step we're trying to move to acrobatic forms.

From this initial experience, we hope to develop a method that may be useful for different groups.

 

For more info, contact rika@cirkusinbeweging.be