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SURREALE – surreal

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

It is called “Surreale – residencies of contemporary circus”, a project of the Società 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.

In 2019, for the first edition of the Surreale open-call, international call for artists and companies, 3 projects of young artists under 35 years old were selected.
TANGLE by Francesca Mari, RADICI by Francesco Germini and Maiol Pruna Soler, NEUROPASTA by Giuseppe Germini and a professional company Subliminati Corporation with the MADE IN project.

During the evening of May 16, 2020, we will see as protagonists these 4 winners of the call within the project ” Surreale ” – Residences of Contemporary Circus 2018-2020, supported by the Mibac (Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities) and the Piedmont Region under transversal actions able to develop residential projects of “Artists in territories”.    

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. In 2018, the emerging artists were: Karla Alexandra Arevalo (Ecuador) Lei-là – Aisha Britto (Brazil) Pelle – Samuel Oliveira Reise (Brazil) Il posto da cui si vede

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. In 2018: Piergiorgio Milano (Italy, Belgium) White Out which debuted at the Torino Danza Festival in October 2019 – Burrasca Company (France) Accordées – Fabrizio Solinas (Italy, France) Little Garden – Duedà Company (Italy, Ireland) Diverged – MagdaClan Circo (Italy) Emisfero.  

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 “dare”, referring to the Latin meaning of the word that characterizes a period during which “by free choice there is no profitable activity”. A fertile moment outside productive dynamics and pressures. In 2018 were selected : the project Puntata Zero carried by the company Fabbrica C / Cordata FOR (Italy), the project I piccioni cagano mentre led by the international group formed by Carlo Cerato, Leon Volet, Flavia Savi, Francisca Sanhueza, Michele de Riu, Ramiro Erburu, Panaro Antonio, Ivan Morales Ruiz, Giulia Marro, and the project Boutès 4.41 promoted by artists Tanya Simili and Alice Torrent (Switzerland).       

On the April 18, 2020 in the Citè review will be presented the 2nd edition of the call for Surreale.


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 – 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’Unione for the continuing education session Intents on Balance and Support based on the Hand-in-Hand, Handbalance and tightwire walking in 2017.  
  • The REFLECT– REFLections and Exchanges for Circus Arts Teachers project ran from the 4th of September 2018 – 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.
    – “The role of the teacher in a creative process of the student’s personal project”, 

– “Creation processes with students: observation, analysis and testimonies based on the CIRCLE project”, 

-“The role of the teacher in a creative process of the collective project of students”, 

-“Creation process with professionals: observation, analysis and exchanges”.

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 ‘student Artistic Notebook’ 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 Meï 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 Società 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 ° 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 Sgrò – Just another normal dayDuedà Company – Diverged, Compagnia Eia – Capas and InTarsi , La Burrasca – ObstinéesCie Zenhir – Ah, com’è 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 Jaqlè – Orbassano (Leader); ASD Giocolieri e Dintorni (Project Director), ASD Arcobaleno – Borgosesia; ASD Chapitombolo – Monale; ASD Società Ginnastica di Torino / FLIC – Turin; ASD Fuma che n’duma – Cavallermaggiore; ASD TeatrAzionE – Turin; ASD UP – Pocapaglia; A ss. Idea Agorà / 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 “Progetto Quinta Parete”, supported by the FUS for the 2018-2020 triennial season.  



Funambulism Revolution – Wires Crossed Italia is the winning project of the call “Boarding Pass Plus” promoted by the MIBAC (Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities), born upon an idea of the funambulist Andrea Loreni and presented by the FLIC Scuola di Circo, in collaboration with the Cita cooperative and the Dinamico Festival, European partner National de Arte Do Circo – Inac and Round About (Portugal) and international partner Courant d’Cirque association (Switzerland).

The project Funambulism Revolution was born from an idea of Andrea Loreni, and links to the current of thoughts in which the funambulism, other than being a spectacular circus technique, is also a perfect training to improve the psycho-physical balance of the individual. In a way, everyone can be the funambulist of its own existence. From this, the idea was born to realize a project that unites the training of contemporary circus artists and an action of audience engagement, inside a European and Italian network, composed by operators of recognized experience.

The project continues from January until October 2020, developed over several appointments with a focus on various themes, divided between Italy, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal and Switzerland.

There will be numerous amateurs and some professional artists involved in a new experience and in the realization of a memorable event: the crossing of the Corrib river by 400 funambulists for a time up to 2020 minutes, part of the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020!