Each year in the fall Upsala-Circus enrolls new kids to join the project. Approximately 60 kids between 7 and 18 practice circus regularly at the circus every year. We also lead a group of 20 kids aged 12 to 16 in Special Closed School #1 for those who had already committed a crime. Every year kids from Upsala-Circus go on a circus tour (Germany, Belgium, France, Great Britain and other countries).
«THE SEALS» – the beginners
A child entering the project coming from either a correctional school or a social support center immediately finds him- or herself in a very special world. In the initiation phase the children are actively pulled into social-cultural activities:
they get acquainted with the values of Upsala-Circus, they participate in workshops and spend holidays together on field trips and camps outside the city. During the first year the children earn their position as group members and learn to see their potential in the world of performing arts. At the end of the first year the children are ready to prepare their first performance.
«THE DEERS» – the main group
Those who successfully complete the first year and wish to continue their path in the project enter the Main group. The young artists in the Main group create a repertoire of performances and practice five times a week. The demands and work regime eventually educates the children in professional creative work with a strong focus on quality results – an all-embracing principle in Upsala-Circus work. The annual international tours of the group and the on-going mentoring of the younger members are an essential part of the education program of the young artists.