From 20/09/2016 to 10/10/2016
Social circus is an innovative artistic intervention based on the circus arts. It is considered an effective catalyst for creating social change as it helps marginalized individuals assume their place within a community and enrich that community with their talents.
Based on this motivation, the Circ’Us project was born. Mahatat (Egypt) and the Drosos Foundation joined the French Institute in Egypt, Goethe Institute in Cairo and Robert Bosch Foundation and Vuesch Association (Germany) and Nomadways (France) to organize a circus residency and street art tour in the Nile Delta Region in Egypt. From 27 September to 19 October, Circ’Us brought together 20 French, German and Egyptian circus and street artists, specialized in social circus, street theatre, acrobat, or physical theatre to develop workshops and performances across 10 cities in Egypt.
The Circ’Us project mobilizes a large network of Egyptian governmental and civil society organizations, the project is implemented in partnership with: Alliance Francaise du Port Said, Public Library of Port Said, Damanhour Public Library , Eish lel Nas associations, Rabi3 and i-Act (International Association for Creation & Training) in addition to Darb Al-Ahmar Arts School and the El-Genaina theater.
The 10-day residency based in Port Said allowed the participants to develop and implement a show together for the tour. The training component offered introductory workshops in circus arts to the children and youth of Port Said and training sessions for youth circus artists in all tour locations with 440 participants – mostly youth.
The tour took place with a total audience of 6160 people, Port Said, Damietta, Farascour, Mansoura, Kafr Bhot, Abo Mangoug, Damanhour, Alexandria and Cairo.
A group of 20 Artists (5 French – 5 german – 10 egyptian) led by the Artistic Direction of Nomadways