"We aim to better understand different methods of learning, teaching & organising through exploring & sharing the dynamic differences in the circus industry between cultures across Europe. "
Welcome to the ENCI website, and what we hope will become a growing resource and vital shared treasure over our two year project and beyond.
The European Network for Circus Interchange (E.N.C.I) is made up of six circus schools and educational institutions and the two year project is an exchange of skills, ideas, training and methodologies while building a strong, resourced network of circus professionals.
The first of 12 trainings takes place next week in Valencia, Spain. Organised by the Valencian Circus Association, the workshop in creative juggling, led by Victor Garmendia Torija will be taking place in the home of the organisation, L’ESPAI DE CIRC.
L’ESPAI DE CIRC, opened in 2004, is the first space in the county of Valencia to focus on contemporary circus, with over 200 square metres of floor space for professional and hobby training, courses and shows.
Workshop participants will also be arriving at the start of the kaotik CIRCUS Festival festivities for the Bonfires, in the nearby town of Sot de Chera. The Bonfires are an ancient holiday that welcomes the colder months of the year.
kaotik CIRCUS is a partnership between The Valencian Association Circ and the town of Sot de Chera. Taking advantage of the environment and coming together of participating groups, the Association of Circ Valencia developed kaotik CIRCUS; a meeting place where artists and fans of the circus world can gather to share and display their art.
Robyn is a Bristol-based director, teacher and performer. With over 20 years experience she is a passionate practitioner of clowning, physical theatre, circus and street arts. She has a MA in Circus Directing, a Diploma of Physical Theatre Practice and trained with a long line of inspiring teachers including Holly Stoppit, Peta Lily, Giovanni Fusetti, Jon Davison, Zuma Puma and Deanna Fleysha.
Robyn has collaborated with companies including Let’s Circus, The Sexual Health Circus and Whispering Wood Folk and performed with acclaimed physical theatre companies including, Derevo, Akhe, Oceanallover, and Gappad as well as her own award-winning company, Fun in the Oven Theatre.
During the pandemic in 2020, Robyn set up The Online Clown Academy with Holly Stoppit and developed a series of Zoom Clown Courses. Robyn’s research, started during her Masters, has been exploring the meeting point of clowning and activism, online, in the real world and with international collaborators. With this drive to explore political edges of her work she has also dived back into the world of the Bouffon; training with Jaime Mears, Bim Mason, Nathaniel Justiniano, Eric Davis, Tim Licata, Al Seed and the grand master Bouffon-himself; Philippe Gaulier. She has also set up the Laboratory of the Un-beautiful; a collaboration with Deborah Antoinette Bard, exploring the bouffon & grotesque with womxn theatre makers.