Steven Desanghere (Belgium)

Friday  05.10.2018, 15:00

Lecture : Resistance to learning, and how to overcome it.

Saturday  06.10.2018, 15.00

Lecture: Bringing more diversity into your group – some lessons from Social Circus Projects.

Steven Desanghere from Belgium, has spent many years experimenting with different approaches to social, youth and community circus in his hometown Ghent and beyond. He has written a booklet on how to make youth circus more inclusive and diverse, and is part of quite a few regional and international circuspedagogical initiatives. His interests revolve around Creating Safe Learning Groups, Motivation, Teaching Models, Differentiation,  Circus & Community, and the Value of the Circus Approach in Society. His favorite circus discipline in juggling.

Steven Desanghere is a Master in Political Sciences and Criminology, and has quite some experience in different branches of youth work. In recent years, Steven worked as a trainer/facilitator closely together with:

–        Different Belgian Circusschools and their umbrella organisation Circuscentrum

–        The Belgian-Dutch Training Course for Social Circus Educators

–        The European Formation Pédagogique in Brussels

–        BAG, Zirkus Jojo and Cabuwazi in Germany

–        Giocoleri i Dintorni and AltroCirco in Italy

–        The Finnish Youth Circus Association

–        The European Caravan Circus Network

–        The European Youth Circus Organisation

–        The Baltic Nordic Circus Network

Next to his circus work, he facilitates meetings, leads processes and mediates in differents social, political and ecological non-profit organisations in Belgium and beyond.

Craig Quat (USA)

Friday  05.10.2018, 17.00

Lecture: Work with people with disabilities and with people at risk of exclusion,  an innovative tool for developing interhemispheric connections.

Craig Quat’s proprietary method – JUGGLE BOARD, is to facilitate juggling, but most importantly, to develop interhemispheric connections in the brain system. Although it is derived from juggling, it does not require juggling skills and is aimed primarily at people with disabilities. JUGGLE BOARDS is based on sensory processing. Thanks to simple exercises, we improve coordination (eye – nerve signal – activity). Due to JUGGLE BOARDS we work on developing the integration of the nervous system, which efficiently processes sensory information. Thereby, it enables us to achieve spectacular results in developing mental and coordination skills, while maintaining the pleasure and joy of the exercises.

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Rafał Mikołajewski (Poland)

Friday  05.10.2018:

15.00-16.30 group  1

17.00-18.30 group  2

Workshop: Innovations in work with the method of circus pedagogy and pedagogy of fun, games and fun as a tool for working with different groups of recipients.

Pedagogue, graduated from WSHP in Łowicz, Medical College in Lodz (occupational therapy), completed a drama instructor course in ŁDK, actor of the Logos Theater (2001-07), where he played over 300 performances in Poland and abroad, actor of the A Theater from Gliwice, took part in international children’s circus projects (Brno, Stuttgart, Barcelona, 2005-14), teacher at Extracurricular Activities Centre  No. 1 in Łódź (2001-14), runs children’s theater in Łódź, Stryków, Radomsko, develops his own business since 2007; as a director of several dozen performances of children’s theater he won prizes and distinctions in Polish nationwide festivals: Master of Theater in 2012 in Pacanów, 3rd place of Heca 2012 in Płock, laureate of Dziatwa Festival of 2012-18 in Łódź; stilt-walker, juggler, clown, mime; conducts circus pedagogy courses throughout Poland, during the 4 Cultures Festival in 2014, he prepared a performance with children and teenagers from a special school in Łódź.

Rika Taeymans (Belgium)

Saturday  06.10.2018, 10.00

Lecture: The development of small and large motor skills through simple games and physical exercises that can be carried out in any place, and Veronika Sherborne for families, or how to conduct developmental  intergenerational activities.

Rika Taeymans is an educator and circus trainer from Belgium. She has developed a system of exercises for parents and children (3-7 years old) called Circomotoriek, a practice based on the Veronica Sherborne’s method. She enriches her classes by telling inspiring stories, thanks to which adults and children can find even more joy in fun. The workshops focus on the child’s development and awareness through play and body awareness exercises.

In 1993, Rika Taeymans founded Cirkus in Beweging, the first Flemish circus school in Belgium. It was there that she has developed Circomotoriek. Her book NELSONS ACROBATENBOEK about this method is translated into 5 languages. For more than 20 years, Rika Taeymans has been conducting Saturday classes for more than a hundred children and their parents. She loves to move and bring people together in movement and circusplay.

Marta Brzezińska-Hubert (Poland)

Saturday  06.10.2018, 15.00

Lecture: Creativity and motivation.

A Sociology and European Studies graduate, since 2005 Marta  has designed and implemented over 300 trainings and workshops and several educational projects in the area of non-formal and formal learning. Member of the Polish Erasmus+ Youth pool of trainers,  “Among Others” trainers team, certified business trainer, v-ce president of Arte Ego Foundation as well as author and editor of several publications in the field of youth and international work. Passionate about intercultural education, learning mobility and “off the beaten path” learning approaches.


Anna Wojszel (Poland)

Saturday 06.10.2018, 17.30

Lecture: Cultural education and circus in resocialization.

Anna Wojszel is a childcare educationalist, sociotherapist and qualified circus pedagogue.She has also graduated from resocialization studies, hippotherapy instructor courses, clowning and mime course (Open Circus Space in Lodz), Social Circus Basic Training course part 1 and 2 (Social Circus Program of Cirque du Soleil). Anna belongs to Polish Network of Circus Pedagogy. She is a school and circus pedagogue at Salesian Pedagogical Centre for boys in Różanystok.
Anna has been working in resocialization for 13 years and has been using circus pedagogy method (for 8 years), which belongs to a current of creative resocialization. She promotes circus pedagogy in resocialization by lectures concerning the subject, meetings and circus pedagogy workshops for students (among others) of educational fields of study and, of course, resocialization.
Anna is an instructor of ‘Cyrkplozja’ group, composed of the most talented and motivated
people under SPC’s care, which deals with various fields of jugglery incl.: unicycling, farding,
balloon modelling, acrobatic ribbon, ball and Indian club juggling, poi and stick twirling as well as traditional acrobatics. While having shows and performing around Poland they can present and improve their circus skills and gain new ones. Their speciality is fire and jugglery shows based on skills essential in arts mentioned above. ‘Cyrkplozja’ takes part in competitions, festivals and conventions in Poland and carries out workshops. It regularly collaborates with ‘Dr Clown’ foundation in Białystok, a kindergarten and a primary school in Różanystok (among others). The group is recognisable and it removes a spell the stereotype about the people under SPC’s care thanks to numerous performances.

Tomasz Kubik (Poland)

Saturday 06.10.2018,

10.00-11.30 group  1 part 1,

12.00-13.30 group  2 part 1,

15.00-16.30 group  2 part 2,

17.00-18.30 group  1 part 2

Workshop: The development of creativity and self-confidence, that is, simple improvisational methods, building the stage character and improvisational theatre.

Tomasz Kubik is a graduate of the University of Szczecin, actor, sociologist, performer, clowning and music enthusiast, professional clown and drummer. He creates his own performances, participates in artistic projects, theatre festivals. He has played in Denmark, Germany, Russia, Great Britain, Arab Emirates (among others). For 7 years Tomasz has been cocreating consecutive editions of The Spring of Monodrama, where he makes Image Theatre. He cooperates with Szczecin KANA Theatre.

Przemysław Różański (Poland)

Sunday 07.10.2018, 10.00

Lecture:  Education for man or person for education – a fermentation lecture on freedom in education.

Przemysław Różański is a pedagogue, coach and Gestalt psychotherapist, who works at specialistic clinic MOP in Warsaw, where he conducts an individual and a group therapy for the youth and instructs supervision groups for school pedagogues and psychologists. He is a leader of SieChce foundation in Brodnica, which has been organising educational, cultural and developmental events for 10 years. For 5 years he has been associated with a current of democratic and libertarian education, which is a niche but viable alternative for a mass model of an educational establishment. Przemysław supports unschooling and decentralisation of education managing system as well as a departure from enormous school buildings in favour of little and diverse learning communities, which are managed at grassroots.

Anna-Katharina Andrees & Michael Pigl-Andrees (Germany)

Sunday 07.10.2018, 12.00

Lecture: In.Cirque as method for inclusive circus arts.

Founders and directors of the Zentrum für bewegte Kunst e.V., Berlin (center of moving art).


Anna-Katharina Andrees studied drama at the European Theater Institut Berlin, Contemporary Dance in Rosalia Chladeck-System in Vienna, Dance Education Competence at Seneca Intensive in Berlin and Michael Chekhov Technique at the Michael Chekhov International Academy. Since 2005 she is connected with Circus Sonnenstich and inclusive circus-arts and works as a director for contemporary circus.

Michael Pigl-Andrees is a certified social pedagogue and circus pedagogue. He founded Circus Sonnenstich in the year 1997. Parallel to that he builded up a „classical“ youth circus in Potsdam. In the year 2010 he was co-founder and afterwards co-leader of the Circus Academy Berlin (full-time education for circus pedagogues). Since 20 years Michael investigates methods of inclusive-oriented circus work.


With their combined knowledge Anna-Katharina and Michael are developing the IN.CIRQUE-system, a special didactic of circus-arts and circus-pedagogy.

Dorothee Rohrer (Swiss, Canada, USA)

Saturday 06.10.2018,

15.00-16.30 group 1 part 1,

17.00-18.30 group 2 part 1;

Sunday  07.10.2018:

10.00-11.30 group 1 part 2,

12.00-13.30 group  2 part 2

Workshop: Rhythm and social circus games as a tool for integration and personal development.

Dorothée Rohrer was born in Switzerland where she grew up and studied Rhythm and movement at the conservatory in Zurich. After working in different schools and levels for some years, she decided to study circus arts in Canada in one of the most reputed school in the world; “École Nationale de Cirque” in Montreal. After 4 years of studies and specialized in aerial and in clown work she was touring around the world with different production like Cirque du Soleil as a professional circus artist.

Dorothée Rohrer used to be involved as well in the social circus program “Cirque du Monde” from the Cirque du Soleil. She was a trainer for trainers in different countries as Mongolia, USA, Canada, Mexico and Europe. She has been animating a training program in social circus for trainers in Hungaria and in Poland in 2016-17.

After 21 years touring as an artist and being involved in different social circus projects she moved back to Switzerland. She is now teaching music, rhythm and social circus in different schools and accept contracts in Europe to transmit the mythology of the social circus program of Cirque du Soleil and her own experiences.

Paulina Chodnicka (Poland)

Conducting  discussion groups

Paulina Chodnicka is a graduate of Jagiellonian University and Visegrad Culture Management Academy (culture management and comparative literature) as well as a circus and theatre pedagogue. The trainings and courses which Paulina has undergone include (among others): ‘Social circus’ with Cirque du Soleil (Berlin 2015), Circus motor activity with Rike Taeymans (in Diest 2016), Developmental Movement Method of Veronica Sherborne (2017), DasArts Feedback Method (Berlin 2017). She is a Warsaw Cultural Education Award laureate (2017). Paulina has instructed circus and theatre classes at Cabuwazi social circus in Berlin, for The Theatrical Institute, for The Refugee Centre in Łuków (among others), during international exchanges in Germany, Spain, Slovenia and Ukraine. She has also instructed classes within the process of creating an anti-discriminatory network of Ukrainian non-governmental organizations. Paulina has coordinated projects at Goodwill Foundation in Cracow and has co-produced International Theatre Festival Divine Comedy. She is a co-author of the brochure issued by The Theatrical Institute ‘Holidays with circus’ and co-founder of Social Inspirations Workshop Foundation. Paulina is currently working at the Arnold Szyfman Polish Theatre in Warsaw, where she is handling cultural education.


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