Circus

Introduction

You want to reach the top of circus. You are looking for an inspiring, international setting to bring out your talent as a performer and to develop your authentic and artistic identity. Codarts offers that setting.

At Codarts you study a wide range of circus disciplines. From acrobatics to juggling and aerials. You also choose a specialisation in which you wish to excel. You learn how to integrate various art forms in your performance: music, dance and theatre.

Each year you perform before an audience. You can do an internship either here or abroad. At the end of your studies you leave Codarts as a broadly trained artist who can design and perform the greatest acts, both individually and as a team member. During your studies you make good connections which enable you to find work in a varied workfield.

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Year 1

In the first year the focus is on improving your technical and performing skills.

  • You will be prepared to take a wide range of subjects in circus techniques and learn about the various circus disciplines.
  • The programme includes: circus history, health and anatomy, cultural philosophy, dance, theatre, ballet training, music and physical preparation.
  • As of the second semester you concentrate on your chosen specialisation. But you also continue taking classes in the various circus disciplines.
  • You create a group production with other students, supervised by a choreographer (Circus from Dance).
  • You design and perform a solo act or a duet.

Year 2

The second year marks the start of the main phase. You focus on deepening your specialisation and your profession as a performer.

  • You take intensive specialisation classes in small groups.
  • You create a solo act, which you perform before an audience.
  • You continue with the art classes from year one (dance/theatre/music) and a number of theoretical classes. You start with Laban movement analysis.
  • You continue with classes like health, safety, food, training and rigging.
  • You take part in a group production about circus based on theatre.

Year 3

In the third year, your independence as a circus performer becomes more important.

  • You take intensive specialisation classes in small groups.
  • You can do an internship with a company in the Netherlands or abroad, for at least three weeks.
  • You take classes in entrepreneurship to learn about production, marketing/PR and financial management.
  • You create one solo piece and one duet. For the duet you collaborate with a fellow third-year student from another specialisation.
  • Together with a coach you develop your own training programme. By now you know what the best warming up is for you.
  • You make a production, supervised by a circus maker/director.

Year 4

The final year is your graduation year, with the following highlights:

  • Your specialisation: with a coach chosen by you you will optimise your individual act.
  • You take classes in the fields of music, light, sound, production, costumes and styling. You use this knowledge in making performances.
  • You write a graduation paper, demonstrating that you have analytic research skills. You are capable of presenting a convincing and appealing performance and you have a well-considered view of the profession.
  • You graduate with an individual act and a group production supervised by a renowned circus maker. You perform these in one of the larger theatres in Rotterdam.

After graduation

After graduating you can start a career as an independent circus artist or as a member of a collective. Many of Codarts’ alumni have landed positions with professional companies, including Seven Fingers (Canada), Cirque Eloise, XY, Panama Pictures, Grensgeval, Freiwalds Menagerie Circus, Gandini Juggling, Corpus Acrobatics, the Dutch Opera and Freiwalds Menagerie Circus and various circus companies and vaudeville shows in Germany and Switzerland.

Joris de Jong (graduation year 2010), juggler:
‘Immediately after graduating I started working with TENT, a then new initiative by some friends of mine from Amsterdam. In their productions they combine spectacular circus techniques with other disciplines such as mime, dance, music, theatre, design and performance art.’

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admission

Admission

To be admitted at the Bachelor Circus Arts at Codarts a specific entrance audition must be passed. Each area of study has its own admission procedure with accompanying selection criteria and supplementary requirements.

To enroll at Codarts you should be in possession of a havo diploma, mbo bve-level 4 or a (foreign) certificate of equivalent value, in which the subject packet or the profile is of secondary importance. In special cases the above diploma demands can be set aside. The student-to-be then has the possibility to take a capacity test, to check if there is sufficient general development to be able to follow the study. The fees for this test are charged to the student-to-be.

In order to gain an impression of your talent you are required to participate in an entrance examination. The entrance examination consists of a pre-audition and final selection. Throughout the entrance examination you will be observed to see if you possess the necessary talent to successfully complete the study course. You will be judged according to a number of criteria. These criteria relate to the degree in which you possess sufficient skill, aptitude and development possibilities to successfully complete the study course. Required competencies include artistic expression, technical circus skill, physical possibilities, stamina, ability to improvise, team spirit, and learning ability. It is important that you are physically fit.

Practical info

Costs

Under “more information” we give you all the important information you might need to know for your study at Codarts. Under “more information” we give information on the tuition fee, useful websites that can help with finding suitable accommodation, how to study at Codarts with a disability, and give tips for applying for a scholarship. We will help you to find your way at Codarts.

Teachers

Our teachers will be more than just your teacher. They will be your coach and mentor during your study. Our teachers have won their spurs in professional practice and bring their knowledge to the classroom. They will inspire and stimulate you to fully deploy and use your talents. You will find yourself transferring their influences to your projects and performances.

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Student life

Facilities

Student Life is a high quality student support programme, that enables you to realise your full potential and have a successful and joyful study career. Student Life offers information, education, guidance and care in areas relating to performance enhancement, personal development, injury prevention and general well-being.

We offer services ranging from housing assistance, insurance guidance, medical screenings as well as nutritional and psychological counselling. Our team consists of: a Performing Arts Health Centre team (PAHC), study coaches, a student counsellor and an international office. We work in close collaboration with colleagues such as embedded scientists, teachers and the artistic staff, who are familiar with the high standards of the profession. As we are committed to support the individual learning needs of all students, we recognise the diversity of disciplines within performing arts and within different cultural backgrounds.

Our Student Life programme is built on four interconnected pillars: screening, education, support services & facilities, and research & development.

Alumni

Many famous musicians, dancers and circus artists have studied at Codarts Rotterdam. This page contains a selection of the circus alumni.

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Contact

Circus

+31 (0) 10 21 71 06 0

circusarts@codarts.nl

Veerlaan 19F

3072 AN Rotterdam