My member sheet
training / education / professional
Upsala-Circus is the only team in Russia which manifests new circus values and applies its method to challenging cultural and social issues.
For the last ten years Upsala-Circus has been the bright cultural dominant of St.Petersburg. We stage unconventional and inclusive performances that attract over 12,000 visitors annually. We hold the festival of contemporary circus and street art Balansirovka that enliven urban neighbourhoods and enhance public engagement. We provide both the location and the method to make new circus a preferable cultural choice of the citizens. And we’re nuts about bringing it to the wide audience as a social instrument and a cultural product.
Upsala-Circus is driven by a broad humanistic belief that every person has an inner light that may be fueled with joint creative work and respectful dialogue. That's what underlies our mission statement. Through amplifying human creative potential we strive for broad cultural development as a source for real and lasting social impact.
At the moment we:
— run a number of social programs for at-risk kids and children with disabilities: with regular circus training sessions, inclusive circus performances, international circus tours, vocational camps and art-residences;
— develop a professional integration program to master professional abilities and civic awareness of young circus artists;
— put efforts into capacity building and professional knowledge sharing to spread circus pedagogy as a promising educational/social practice;
— foster cross-border networking and exchange projects with European partners like Cirkus Cirkör, Académie Fratellini, Circus Helsinki, Bosch Parade.