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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. 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.

combined circus and humanities programs

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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.