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Circus Factory’s introduction course to contemporary Circus Arts offers a 12 week immersive physical learning environment that will introduce and train you in floor acrobatics, aerial arts and manipulation circus skills.
There is currently no other course like this on offer in Ireland and our experienced coaches have been carefully selected to ensure safe progression in skills including additional training in clown, contemporary dance and theatrical studies.
There will be individual skills progression and group / ensemble work with an end of year showcase that will give opportunity to be involved in circus production from performing to lighting and design.
Course Dates: September 15th - December 17th 2022
Attendance: Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5pm
Morning Programme: You will work with our 2 lead coaches developing strength, flexibility and technical progression in floor and aerial acrobatics.
Afternoon programme: Specialist circus skills will be taught including chinese pole, cyr wheel, juggling and object manipulation. Guest coaches will also offer weekly slots in contemporary dance, clown and theatrical studies.
Students will have the opportunity to travel to the National Circus Festival of Ireland in Tralee in November where they will meet the fast growing community of circus artists, take specialist workshops and see exciting contemporary circus shows!
This introduction course could be the starting point for many different directions in circus, physical training and the performing arts sector, depending on what your personal interests and goals might be.
Course participants will have developed a strong base of physical and technical understanding to continue their development as a circus artist independently, and for those wishing to pursue further professional training they might apply for auditions for higher level training at circus and / or performing arts courses in Ireland and abroad
Many of our professional members develop their skills as circus coaches, teaching in our weekly adult, youth and outreach programmes throughout the year.
Circus and Street arts is one of the fastest growing arts sectors in Ireland and this course may open interest for further development as a producer or technician of circus and street arts.
We hope so!
As an introduction course we are looking for people who love to be creative, physically active, ready to try new things, like working as a group and making new friends.
Candidates must be aged between 18 and 30 years old and be available Mon - Friday 9.30am - 5pm for the duration of the course dates (September 15th - December 17th 2022)
You must also be available to attend one of the Audition Workshop Dates Below
JULY 1ST 2022
AUGUST 8TH 2022
The full cost of the course is €1400.00 with full and partial scholarships available.
Application is easy. Just fill out the short application form - link below - and we will be in touch with you shortly!
Join Circus Factory at one of our online information sessions to hear more about the course, you can ask all the questions you need and get to hear about how Circus training similar to this course has helped shaped some of our coaches careers.
Monday 20th June 7.30pm - 8.30pm via ZOOM - Ended
Tuesday 2nd August 7.30pm - 8.30pm via ZOOM - Register Here
Michaela started her acrobatic career in the form of equestrian vaulting (acrobatics on horseback) at the age of 13. She worked as a trainer and also vaulted herself on a competitive level until the age of 20 when she moved to Ireland. She started working as a circus performer in 2007 and her main skills are aerial silks, Chinese pole, doubles trapeze and partner acrobatics. Her performance background includes both corporate and street performances and in 2015 she was selected as one of three artists for the N.E.S.T. (New Emerging Street Talent) program which is funded and supported by ISACS, Spraoi and the Arts Council Ireland. Michaela has toured her solo show 'Funky Fi' around many parts of the world including Australia. She also works as a professional rigger, rigging for festivals, concerts and TV. When not performing or rigging you can find her sharing her skills and knowledge through teaching regular classes and workshops in Ireland and abroad.
Nat Whittingham is an Acrobat, Mover and teacher, working across circus, dance and physical theatre productions. Formed in competitive Trampolining, before later studying Teeterboard and Acrobatics at ESAC in Brussels, his career started with an apprenticeship from Nofit State Circus at the age of 18, where he toured internationally with their shows Bianco, Open House, and Block. During his career he has worked and created with a variety of companies in the UK and Europe, such as Cie Bivouac, Highly Sprung, Pirates of the Carabina, Lords of Strut and Superfan, Cie Hors Surface, Upswing Aerial, ParadeofHorribles and Punchdrunk and formed his own company Sneaky&Raptor alongside Gabbie Cook – combining circus, acrobatics and contemporary dance. Nat teaches workshops internationally, under the name Moving Through Acrobatics, as well as being a guest teacher for Circomedia, 2faced dance, Fourth Monkey Theatre School, and Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Inma received a MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the University of Limerick in 2003 and a MPhil from University College Cork (2015-2017). Inma is a guest teacher at Cork College of FET for the Dance Diploma course and runs weekly Contemporary Dance/Ballet/Improvisation Classes/Workshops in Cork. In 2022 Inma was invited as a guest choreographer for a national youth dance project ‘Resilience’ by Dublin Youth Dance Company to work with selected Irish Youth Dance Companies. She has been accepted in the Irish Teaching Council and recently appointed Director of the New Joan Denise Moriarty Youth Dance Company in Cork City.
Cormac has had a passion for Circus from a young age, and has made Circus his career since training at the Belfast Circus School in 1999 – 2000. Cormac is now artistic director of Circus Factory, having been one of the founding members, and combines his love of circus with his passion for sharing knowledge and skills. He is one half of acrobatic dance duo Lords of Strut, who went on to conquer the street by winning the Street Performers World Championship in 2013 and then wowed the world in 2017 by reaching the semi-finals on Britain’s Got Talent. Cormac continues his mission to convince you, everyone and the world that Circus is deadly!
Noelle studied physical theatre under the Direction of Belinda Wild. Joined an ensemble that produced Shakespeare plays through Mask and street troop, Criac na Coillte where she learnt Stilt walking and puppeteering. She worked and trained in the teachings of Le Coq, the actors space, Spain. Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov, Meyerhold with Iugte (global theatre organisation), Republic of Latvia and Czech Republic, Grotowski, Teater Albatross, Sweden, Fooling with The Nomadic Academy of fools,UK and Clown Through Mask with Sue Morrison, Ireland, Canada and Italy. Noelle has devised, produced and Performed in many Sight specific shows, Street Performances and plays.
You are welcome to reach out to us by email and we will be happy to answer any questions or arrange a friendly chat on the phone or a ZOOM meet!
The circus factory is such a fantastic place with amazing tutors. There is never any pressure to go higher or do anything I'm uncomfortable with but I still always find myself pushing my boundaries from the support and enthusiasm of Brenda and the students. Couldn't ask for a better environment to see what I'm capable of or better people to share a passion with.
“Finding circus was such a life changing thing for me, in it I found not just a physical outlet, something that had been lacking in my adult life but also a creative outlet, a place to be inspired and explore my crazy ideas”
“Brilliant venue. great for learning circus skills with lovely teachers”
The Circus factory is like a big playground where creative people play and work with each other and learn from one another. Exploring new movements is one of the most beautiful ways to entertain your inner child.
The equipment in CF is always improved/ updated and above all when it comes to aerial rigging/equipment it's regulated & safe. Knowing you can train on apparatus that is rigged well and checked regularly means a lot”
“The best place in Cork to get fit and push your limits while having a lot of fun.”
“Circus Factory has been an amazing organisation and community to get to know. By learning skills I never thought I could manage, It has helped me develop confidence not just as an artist but in my everyday life as well”,
Circus Factory has professionally installed aerial rigging and all equipment and hardware undergoes regular inspection. All equipment is rigged at a low accessible level with professional landing mats mandatory for practice training. Our aerial Coaches are experienced aerial artists and have a high level of previous teaching experience. All classes are conducted with Covid 19 protocols in place.