A member of the European Federation of Circus Schools (FEDEC), as a professional circus school Zôfy Circus School has been offering a comprehensive training in circus arts since 2003. Recognised for its high quality, it is listed as a training centre by the CSFO (Swiss centre for professional, university and career training/orientation). It offers a curriculum focused on multidisciplinarity, versatility, and the integration of other art forms such as dance and theatrical play.
The programme concentrates on all-around training of each student. It includes the principal circus skills, pedagogical training, theatrical play, modern dance, project development skills, and specific training depending on student's individual project. The artistic dimension is crucial to our teaching, as the programme allows for multiple opportunities to perform before one's peers and in public. The yearly public performance that each student must take part in, from its creation to the performance itself, constitutes the summation of all their learning. Our team is made up of qualified teachers in circus or performing Arts and benefit from continuing education; weekly workshops with external professionals are scheduled 2 or 3 times per year (performers, stage directors, theater or dance professionals) . At the end of the course, students obtain an internal school Certificate.
The minimum requirements for joining this training programme are:
Our vocational course runs in total over three years, and students enroll one year at a time. It is a full-time course and runs from August to June. it is mainly aimed at Swiss students but also caters for international students. Here is a brief outline :
Physical fitness: compulsory: general and specific.
Acrobatics: compulsory: tumbling, trampolining, teeter and Hungarian board / optional: Icarian games, Cyr wheel, Russian bar, Chinese pole
Aerial: optional: aerial cradle, vertical rope, flying rope, swinging trapeze, fixed and swinging trapeze, straps, silks, hoop, aerial hand-to-hand.
Equilibristics: compulsory: balancing on the ground and on sticks, ball, chair, stilts, free-standing ladder,
optional: static and dynamic hand-to-hand, banquine, monocycle, perch, rola-bola, tightrope
Object manipulation: optional: juggling/contact juggling, antipodism, devil sticks, diabolo, hula-hoop.
Theatre art: compulsory: theatrical play and character creation.
Dance: compulsory: contemporary dance techniques, body expression.
Creative process and Project management: compulsory: regular creation and review assignments, preparation of a variety of group/individual projects
Additional teaching: Outings/performances - external courses
The monthly course fee is 350 Swiss francs, and the student commits to TEN MONTHS (= 3'500 frs).
Personal costs for lodging, food, and potential medical care are borne by the individual.