The Future of Circus

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Thinking about a career as a circus performer?

Extraordinary Bodies is committed to making Circus for Every Body. We provide professional opportunities and employment for people from diverse backgrounds including D/deaf and disabled performers.

Can I enter the profession if I haven’t had any circus training?

Extraordinary Bodies has brought together a panel of experts to explore more accessible circus career pathways and more opportunities for D/deaf and disabled practitioners to train in the field. National Centre of Circus ArtsCircomedia and Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists have worked with us to develop an action plan. Together we want to influence and promote inclusivity in circus training and in youth circus.

Where can I find the existing accessible circus training opportunities?

A few youth circuses are fully integrated, including Extraordinary Bodies Young ArtistsNational Youth Circus and Circus Eruption. Circomedia and National Centre for Circus Arts are committed to making their FE and HE training inclusive. Contact them to discuss opportunities. Tell your local youth circus or community training space how they can make it easier for you to work with them.  Find out their access policy. They will make reasonable adjustments to your needs.

I run circus training. How can I be more inclusive? 

One aim of the Extraordinary Bodies’ panel of experts is to provide training for circus trainers so that more youth circuses have the capacity and skill required to become inclusive. Click on the box below to access our free circus toolkit. For information on best practice in inclusive training please contact us. For more information on teacher training, contact National Centre for Circus Arts or Circus Works.

Not sure about language use when talking about D/deaf and disabled people?

Check out our Extraordinary Bodies Language Guide.