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SURREALE ‚Äď surreal

The 4th edition of Surreale open call residency is closed!

The 2nd Open Call for the Residency Programme Surreale, closed on the 20th of March 2020.

It is called Surreale ‚Äď residencies of contemporary circus‚ÄĚ, a project of the Societ√† Ginnastica di Torino to support the production and diffusion of contemporary circus. An international research centre composed of artists coming from all over the world, where art and freedom are the foundations to give a beginning to a work of creation and experimentation.

Inaugurated in 2018, the Surreale project supports three different typologies of residences:

ARTISTS WE ACCOMPANY is dedicated to young artists who have just finished their training in circus school and who are approaching the world of work with a lot of technical and artistic skills, a fresh and overflowing creativity, but little living work experience, little experience of the complexity of the daily process to actually produce a show.

ARTISTS WHO ACCOMPANY US concerns the artists already working in the sphere of contemporary circus, but subject to a new creation or new phases of their own artistic research. They are artists that we know and follow for quite some time, which we want to support the artistic career and that we choose with responsible consciousness, in order to accompany our path of residency, school and our audience.

SPACE OF FREE EXPERIMENTATION¬†is dedicated to research projects whose aim is the experimentation of new forms and new artistic languages¬†;¬†residences in which companies, artists, authors can ‚Äúdare‚ÄĚ, referring to the Latin meaning of the word that characterizes a period during which ‚Äúby free choice there is no profitable¬†activity‚ÄĚ.¬†A fertile moment outside productive dynamics and pressures.


FLIC Scuola di Circo is a full member of the FEDEC (European Federation of Professional Circus Schools), a European and international federation of almost 70 members ‚Äď from which 2/3 are circus schools, including professional, secondary and higher education courses, and 1/3 are organizations involved in information, research and support of circus arts, with premises in more than 20 European countries.

Founded in 1998 by the will of the first professional circus schools, FEDEC is committed to supporting the development and evolution of training, teaching and creation in the field of circus arts.

Since its foundation, it has collaborated with European networks supporting the development of training, education, creation and work in the field of formal and informal education (LLL-Platform), artistic education (EYCOELIA and AEC) and professional circus sector (CIRCOSTRADA).

Its members are key actors in their countries, developing training systems and contributing to the structuration of education on various levels. Thanks to its federated members and partners, FEDEC is a platform that represents more than 500 schools and centres (44 for secondary, professional and higher education, continuing education and e-learning and 350 centres of youth educational circus).

The FLIC Scuola di Circo is represented by Stevie Boyd in the meetings inherent to FEDEC.

In the last 8 years, the FLIC Scuola di Circo participated to two projects in partnership with the FEDEC, lead by the  French Federation of Circus Schools (FFEC) and sustained by the European Commission and the Erasmus+ Programm, Key Action 2 Strategic Partnerships in Vocational Training, handled by the French agency Erasmus+ for education and training.

  • The INTENTS project ran from September 2014 – August 2017 and aimed to definition and recognition of the circus arts teaching profession.  There were 33 European partners, including 29 professional circus schools and 2 research centers, with FLIC being represented by Dario Sant‚ÄôUnione for the continuing education session Intents on Balance and Support based on the Hand-in-Hand, Handbalance and tightwire walking in 2017.  
  • The REFLECT‚Äď REFLections and Exchanges for Circus Arts Teachers project ran from the 4th of September 2018 ‚Äď 3rd of December 2019 and included 27 European partners, including 25 circus professional schools. FLIC Scuola di Circo is delighted to have hosted the first meeting of the project. In total, during the three-year process, there were four workshops based around the theme of creativity in Circus education.
    – ‚ÄúThe role of the teacher in a creative process of the student‚Äôs personal project‚ÄĚ, 

– ‚ÄúCreation processes with students: observation, analysis and testimonies based on the CIRCLE project‚ÄĚ, 

-‚ÄúThe role of the teacher in a creative process of the collective project of students‚ÄĚ, 

-‚ÄúCreation process with professionals: observation, analysis and exchanges‚ÄĚ.

Currently, the FLIC Scuola di Circo continues its collaboration with Europe being part of the new European project COSMIC – Co-creating and Sharing digital Methodologies in Circus education for the period 2020-2022. This collaboration project between the FEDEC and the FFEC is sustained by the European Commission and its program Erasmus+, and involves other 9 professional circus schools located in 7 countries.

  • COSMIC will be an exchange of good practices that will allow professional Circus schools to develop new pedagogical methodologies but based on existing material.  
  • This existing material – identified during interviews with each partner- is the ‚Äėstudent Artistic Notebook‚Äô that is used in most of the partner-schools. It will be experimented and developed in various ways thanks to a video-based software called MemoRekall. Project partners will also provide feedback to the software developers, helping to adapt it to the needs of the Circus education sector.  
  • As a partner organisation and member of the steering committee, FLIC will take part in seven meetings over the period of the project.  Also we are happy to be able to welcome all the members in the fourth laboratory that will, allowing for any variations due to the current sanitary regulations, happen from the 20th until the 24th of September 2021.
  • Up to this day, two COSMIC Lab already happened, reuniting more than 50 participants of 27 schools from 13 states (9 Europeans and 4 internationals) –  :
    • January 2021. First COSMIC Lab at the CRAC in Lomme:  part in presence, part online. Aimed at training the participants to use MemoRekall and imagine new teaching methods.
    • March 2021. COSMIC Lab #2 happened online. Clarisse Bardiot and her assistants Alexandre Michaan and Me√Į Menassel, in charge of the valutation of the project, suggested to turn back to the basics of the use of MemoRekall, while others worked on educative scenarios.
  • Next meetings :
    • 20th-24th September 2021 – COSMIC Lab #3 : it will happen at the premises of FLIC Scuola di Circo and online, involving teachers as well as students.
    • February 2022 – COSMIC Lab#4 : the last laboratory will be at INAC in Portugal



The Italian Gymnastics Federation (FGI) organizes in collaboration with the Reale Societ√† Ginnastica of Turin and FLIC Scuola di Circo the formative course of “Regional Technician – Health and Fitness of Aerobatic Aerobatics – 2nd level”.

Aerial acrobatics is a non-competitive activity that tends towards a certain artistic elaboration, both methodologically and expressively. The construction of sequences of technical movements is an integral part of aerial acrobatics, developed in relation to an artistic project, individual or collective, which can be finalized during the realization of artistic performances and shows.

This activity is now officially part of the disciplines recognized and practiced by the Italian Gymnastics Federation (FGI), thanks to the fundamental collaboration of the Reale Società Ginnastica di Torino on technical, didactic and structural aspects.

Roberto Carminucci, National Technical Director of Health and Fitness of the FGI, has appointed as Technical Responsible at national level for the formation of aerial acrobatics Matteo Lo Prete, director of the Reale Società Ginnastica di Torino and FLIC Scuola di Circo. In addition, all the formative modules take place in the historical building of the Reale Società Ginnastica di Torino, via Magenta 11.

The training course for “Regional Technician – Health and Fitness of Aerobatic Aerobatics – 2nd level” organized by the Italian Gymnastics Federation is available to all technicians who already graduated the 1st level of the federated activities : Masculine Artistic Gymnastics, Feminine Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Trampoline, Aerobics, GPT, Health and Fitness (Fitness Sector).¬†¬†


Historical introduction of circus acrobatics – artistic expression – research of the individual expressive movement – interpretation of the gesture – creative method – construction of the sequence – safety, environment, methodology and role of the teacher – general and specific physical preparation – structuring of lesson – planning, organization and periodisation – teaching methods – pre-acrobatics – technical references – assistance – specific technical preparation – prerequisites – learning methods – typical errors – focus on ascents, descents and figures for trapeze, rope, aerial hoop and silks.

Following the passing of the final exam, the candidate will receive the diploma of “Tecnico Regionale Salute e Fitness – 2 ¬į livello – Acrobatica Aerea” of the Italian Gymnastics Federation, recognized by the SNaQ – CONI (National Qualification System for Sport Technicians) and valid in all European countries.

For information and registration:
(Regional Committee of Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta)



FLIC Scuola di Circo is involved in the diffusion of the contemporary circus culture, particularly through co-productions and support for contemporary circus shows and festivals. Every year the school renews this commitment by hosting artistic residencies of companies that need spaces to work and hosting artists and teachers who come to school to teach and train.

Over the years, FLIC has supported various artists and companies, including¬†: Cie BONSAI –¬†Bonsai,¬†Francesco Sgr√≤ –¬†Just another normal day,¬†Dued√† Company¬†– Diverged,¬†Compagnia Eia –¬†Capas¬†and InTarsi¬†, La Burrasca –¬†Obstin√©es,¬†Cie Zenhir – Ah, com’√® bello l’uomo, Laden Classe¬†– 193 Problemi,¬†Compagnia Roberto Magro –¬†Silenzio¬†, Fabbrica C, Magdaclan¬†– Emisfero, ERA-Sonetto per un clown¬†, Giulio Lanzafame¬†– Yes Land¬†,¬†Andrea Loreni –¬†Zen e funambolismo¬†, Piergiorgio Milano –¬†Pesadilla¬†and¬†White Out¬†.¬†

Furthermore, for years FLIC has collaborated with the¬†International Circus Festival “Brocante”¬†of Val Colvera and with the¬†Dinamico Festival¬†of Reggio Emilia.



FLIC Scuola di Circo supports the co-creation project involving students from circus schools who are partners of the Quinta Parete project > Circus Comunity, on a proposal born from the collaboration between ASD Giocolieri e Dintorni and APS Jaqulè, respectively project director and leader. The project is part of the Open Community call of the Compagnia di San Paolo, in partnership with the community of 14 other circus organizations active in the territory of Piedmont and Liguria, in collaboration with other educational institutions of national and international fame involved in the strategies of Audience Engagement.

Quinta Parete> Circus Comunity wants to systematize, deepen and make even more effective the strategies and processes of Audience Engagement initiated by the project partners within the territory, insisting on strengthening the communities created by the various circus schools and the communities (national, European, global and virtual) in which they operate.

The general objective is to build, broaden and consolidate the circus community, by promoting the dynamics of exchanges between the subjects involved in the network, in order to make them autonomous in the management of the initiatives launched, and which also includes the launch of new processes of cultural participation by the audience in terms of active involvement, co-programming and/or co-management.

Quinta Parete> Circus Comunity on the period January 2019 / September 2020, on the territories of Piedmont and Liguria, will activate tools, skills, opportunities for meetings, confrontation and collaboration between the project partners (10 schools of educational circus, 1 professional circus school, 3 educational circus festivals, 3 international contemporary circus festivals).

Project partners: 

APS Jaql√® –¬†Orbassano (Leader);¬†ASD Giocolieri e Dintorni¬†(Project Director),¬†ASD Arcobaleno¬†– Borgosesia;¬†ASD Chapitombolo¬†– Monale;¬†ASD Societ√† Ginnastica di Torino / FLIC¬†– Turin;¬†ASD Fuma che n’duma¬†– Cavallermaggiore;¬†ASD TeatrAzionE¬†– Turin;¬†ASD UP¬†– Pocapaglia;¬†A¬†ss.¬†Idea Agor√† / Mirabilia Festival¬†– Fossano;¬†MagdaClan / My Circo¬†– Montiglio Monferrato.¬†In Liguria:¬†ASD Circo Galleggiante¬†– La Spezia;¬†ASD sYnergiKa¬†– Genes;¬†Ass.¬†Sarabanda / Circumnavigando Festival¬†– Genes.¬†¬†¬†¬†

Quinta Parete> Circus Comunity¬†is a¬†project supported by the Compagnia San Paolo within the 2018 Open Community Call and the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, as part of the¬†‚ÄúProgetto Quinta Parete‚ÄĚ, supported by the FUS for the 2018-2020 triennial season.¬†¬†



2021 under the sign of a #ClimateOfChange !

With the company MagdaClan, we won a call launched by WeWorld for the dissemination of #ClimateOfChange, the beautiful and ambitious project aiming to raise awareness and active young Europeans on the complex relationships between climate change and migratory phenomena.

The call provides for the creation of a contemporary circus show to be staged together with various collateral activities, in a tour from mid-June to mid-November, that will touch Greece, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, France and Belgium…

We are happy and proud to be able to contribute to this commendable initiative, making our skills available and accompanying the MagdaClan on a tour that will touch 10 European countries!

The company MagdaClan takes care of the show with its acrobats and musicians, while we organize the involvement of local circus school in the various countries with various collateral activities.


The project leader is WeWorld 

The Tour is cured by MagdaClan and FLIC Scuola di Circo


In this great adventure, they will be with us :

ActionAid Hellas (AAH) –¬† Bulgarian Environmental Partnership Foundation (BEPF) ‚Äď Hungarian Baptist Aid (HBAID) ‚Äď SLOGA Slovenian Global Action¬† ‚Äď Buy Responsibly Foundation (BRF) ‚Äď Finep forum f√ľr internationale entwicklung + planung ‚Äď Instituto Marques de Valle Flor (IMVF) ‚Äď ALDA European Association for Local Democracy ‚Äď European Environmental Bureau (EEB) ‚ÄďS√ľdwind¬†



The first part of the production took place online while the live artistic creation began at the end of March, hosted in three precious places.

From March 27th to April 11th in the internal and external spaces of our Spazio FLIC, in the beautiful area of Bunker Torino, and thanks also to Surreale, a project supported by the Piedmont Region and the Ministry of Culture in the context of the Artists in the Territories program.

From 12th April to 12th May in Collegno, in the magnificent spaces of the Lavanderia a Vapore, guests of the Piemonte dal Vivo Foundation as part of the Lavanderia a Vapore choreographic residences project.

From 24th May to 10th June in Rubiera, at the Emilia-Romagna Centro di Residenza dell’Emilia-Romagna РL’arboreto-Teatro Dimora | La Corte Ospitale



The show, still untitled, is building itself on the image of a collective migration.

The scenography, very important element, will be made of a complex structure, built from two semi-trailers which transform themselves into stages, surmounted by a crane that will be able to move performers and scenographic elements through the space.

The themes underlying the show will be evoked through the paradox, the excess, the absurd: this will make possible to maintain a high level of audience involvement throughout the show.

The live soundtrack will make use of numerous acoustic, electronic and self-made instruments to generate a wide and transversal soundscape.

The show will be a rough-looking creature, with a bewildered and visionary soul, with an immense and generous heart, it will speak in a paradoxical, almost unsettling way.

Along with the contemporary circus show, various activities are planned to address the theme of the climate crisis with local communities: participatory workshops, street guerrillas, workshops.


Approximate duration : 1h 20mn


Approximate dimensions

Stage space : 25m x 30m

Minimum set-up area : 40m x 40m

An average of 500-1000 spectators per show



Direction: Petr Forman

Dramaturge, Artistic director: Flavio d’Andrea

Architect-Stage Designer: Francesco Fassone

Technical Director : Andrea Kubanksi



Giorgio Bertolotti, Circus artist (Clown, Circus Actor)

Elena Bosco, Acrobat (Hair suspension, Dance, Hand balancing)

Davide De Bardi, Acrobat (Hand balancing, PorteŐĀ acrobatique)

Lucas Elias, Acrobat (Chinese Pole, PorteŐĀ acrobatique)

Giulio Lanfranco, Acrobat (Ladder balancing, PorteŐĀ acrobatique)

Tiphaine Rochais, Acrobat (German wheel, Acro-dance)

Daniele Sorisi, Acrobat (Acro-dance juggling)



German Carlo Larsen, Musician (Guitarist, Percussionist, Live-Electronics)

Marco Turconi, Musician (Singer, Composer, Live-Electronics)

Luca Ramon, Musician (Drummer, Bassist)

Achille Zoni, Musician (Multi-instrumentalist)



Sound Technician : Carlo Cottafava

Light Technician : Meron Celentano


Project Manager : Achille Zoni

Low Environmental Counselor : Tiziano Cattaneo

Tour Manager : Ilaria dalle Donne

Network of Circus School: Stevie Boyd (FLIC Scuola di Circo)

Focal Point Communication : Annalisa Bonvicini

Communication Team : Luigi Piga (FLIC Scuola di Circo), Rachele Ponzellini (WeWorld), Irene Leonardi (WeWorld), and all the local partner.


#ClimateOfChange ‚Äď The Project

Engaging youth to understand the complex relationships between climate change and migration to create a movement of informed people, ready to change lifestyle and demand new development policies is the goal of End Climate Change, Start Climate of Change ‚Äď in short #ClimateOfChange ‚Äď the initiative funded by the European Commission under the DEAR programme (Development Education and Awareness Raising), which supports projects involving EU citizens in social, economic and environmental issues of global relevance.

However, changing one‚Äôs individual behaviour is not enough: it is necessary to create a European network of young people who work together to call for collective change, at local, national and European level. Joining forces to achieve this goal are 16 European organizations led by WeWorld ‚Äď among which civil society organisations, universities and NGOs ‚Äď who have been working since the beginning of 2020 to plan in synergy not only research and debates in schools and universities, but also a pan-European communication and awareness campaign, online and offline, which will affect millions of boys and girls aged 16 to 35 living in 23 EU member states.

WeWorld is an Italian independent organization operating in 27 countries, including Italy, to promote and guarantee the rights of women, children and local communities through development cooperation and humanitarian aid programs.


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