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Although ESAC has been housed in the Sovereign’s Educational Center since the very beginning, the volume of activity inside the center has since grown tremendously, and at the moment, space is tight. The school just moved on the CERIA Campus, in Anderlecht.

COCOF has stepped forward, taking responsibility for refurbishing this former heating plant. A second building will also be built, expressly constructed for training and the public presentation of circus work—please refer to Minister-President Christos Doulkeridis’statement. A building and a show are constructed taking into account many of the same elements. In both cases, it is necessary to facilitate ease of movement for large technical elements, to choreograph the flow of human bodies—be they artists, staff, or the visiting public—and to carefully refine the décor.


Daniel Delgoffe was selected from a pool of eighteen architectural applicants. Today, we are in the pre-planning stage and tremendously excited about our new space.






the new master’s degree

ESAC grants a professional bachelor’s. Artistic practices linked to the body have a certain innate rhythm, and graduates are eager to begin working. Often, they leave, come back, settle down a bit, leave again, stay, create…. sometimes this cycle of change calms quickly, sometimes never. It takes time to mature as an artist. It requires a period of searching…


The new master’s degree is not intended to prolong the initial period of study. Only after an artist has taken advantage of youthful energy and matured outside of a school environment should he or she consider coming back to school to tackle deep reflection, research, and teaching. The master’s program will help artists mature beyond their initial bachelor’s training.

  • THE MASTER’S IN RESEARCH: 120 credits to be co-organized with sister schools and universities. Linking lab and studio work, this program hones and develops aspects of technique, with a focus on technological, as well as physical, innovation. They will develop new methods for creating material, with an emphasis on inter-disciplinary collaboration in order to push the limits of the human body and the equipment of the circus. These goals are well within the definition of a master’s program as stated in the guidelines for European-level certifications.
  • THE MASTER’S IN TEACHING: 120 credits.This program will expand a student’s field of competence by studying the movements of bodies working outside of the candidate’s own discipline. Candidates will learn to effectively convey ideas, to work with groups and to communicate the human, social, and artistic values to which the contemporary circus subscribes. They will learn to develop themselves through teaching aimed at a variety of audiences, to integrate into their own practice both artistic and pedagogical reflection, and to establish their own methods for teaching. These goals are also well within the definition of a master’s program as stated in the guidelines for European-level certifications.

combined circus and humanities programs


Very few candidates from the Brussels-Wallonia community audition for ESAC or the other circus degree programs. Of the few that do, even fewer are selected. ESAC’s population is essentially made up of Europeans and North and South Americans. Belgium has an excellent network of recreational circus programs (Fédécirque),which reflects the growing fascination with circus among Belgians, young and old. There remains, however, one link missing in the chain. Recreational programs plant the seed of circus, allowing anyone who wants the opportunity to try a broad range of circus disciplines, but they do not provide training of the level required for admission to a circus degree2program.



ESAC has been organizing meetings with the people on the ground, secondary schools and recreational circus programs, in order to stimulate discussion about the content of their curricula. Currently under the jurisdiction of different ministers, the secondary schools and the college-level institutions will best serve the sector united behind one coherent vision. It finally seems possible that a real circus / humanities secondary-school program, as well a pre-ESAC preparatory year, might soon become available to aspiring circus artists in the Brussels-Wallonia Federation.