FLIC Scuola di Circo, a project of the Reale Società Ginnastica di Torino (Royal Society of Gymnastics of Turin, founded in 1844) was born in 2002, and is one of the most internationally renowned schools in contemporary circus training. It is supported by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities as a centre of professional development, as well as the Piedmont Region, and is under the patronage of the Municipality of Turin. It is a founding member of ACCI (Contemporary Circus Association of Italy) and an effective member of the FEDEC (European Federation of Professional Circus Schools).
The FLIC Scuola di Circo project, was the first professional school of contemporary circus in Italy. It aims to develop this sector, at the time little know in this country, starting from the training of the student as a complete professional figure.
The whole project revolves around the many possibilities and methodologies of teaching, learning, satisfaction and growth as they concern the student. This objective is pursued by offering a training course which follows the foremost European traditions, including physical preparation, acrobatics, dance and circus actor to expand the possibility of study and artistic research with circus apparatus.
Over the years, FLIC Scuola di Circo maturated a particular and innovative artistic-training method. It turns decisively to Europe and presents a modern way of doing circus. The school continues to develop methods to lead students to realize how circus could be more than just pure entertainment, in order to become a language that dialogues with the other Arts.
The school organizes intensive internships with internationally renowned teachers and creation workshops, both in Italy and abroad. Alongside this It also organizes other projects dedicated to the production, circulation, support and hospitality of its own and external shows. Great attention is given to the public through the organization of shows and festivals, amateur circus courses, workshops for middle and high schools, and social circus projects.
As a whole, the school’s work is characterized by a strong heterogeneity of actions, with particular attention to the diffusion of contemporary languages, which make possible a good approach to the culture of contemporary circus and where all its initiatives nourish and strengthen each other creating dialogue, exchange and knowledge.
The headquarters of the Reale Società Ginnastica, located in Via Magenta 11 in Torino, is of great architectural and historical value, and has always been dedicated at athletic and cultural preparation of the youths. According to some researches made by the Polytechnic University of Turin, it results that our seat was one of the first sport buildings in Italy, by both number and size of training rooms, as much as to become an object of deeper studies even in the academic fields of the Architecture Faculty. Therefore, there are 2.500 sqm available for the students, developed over 5 floors subdivided in 9 training rooms.
Inaugurated in January 2016, it is the new space of the school, in a former industrial hangar in the suburbs of Torino, in the Barriera di Milano neighbourhood. Located in Via Niccolò Paganini 0/200, it is part of the area that hosts the cultural project Bunker. Born as a new training space, since October 2016 it is has been converted into a welcoming and equipped theatre.
The Spazio is an open space of 700 sqm, that allows the FLIC to manage at best its numerous students who, every year, are selected for the formations.
A space exclusively aimed to the circus arts: not only hosting a part of the lessons of the professional training and the companies and artists in residence, it even has the possibility of becoming a theatre welcoming audience for our productions and our season of shows, with all necessary stage and lighting equipment.