After the snow-covered mountaintops of winter, you’ll be able to enjoy the summits under a canvas-covered big top this summer. Arc en Cirque is putting up its circus tent in Courchevel La Tania and offering a chance to discover the thrilling world of acrobats, jugglers, high-wire walkers and other circus acts. Here’s a short tour of the ring with Eric Angelier, organisation manager.
The Chambéry Regional Centre for Circus Arts, Arc en Cirque, which started thirty years ago, is a school for beginners, as well as a professional training centre and residence for developing artists. Our goal is to showcase the 5 major pillars of circus arts to as wide an audience as possible: acrobatics, aerial acrobatics, juggling and object manipulation, equilibristics, and creative play and movement.
Being multi-disciplinary. Our students don’t specialise straight away, they do a little bit of everything to begin with. The cross-disciplinary approach is the main attraction of circuses, which also incorporate other cultural activities such as dance and magic etc. Everyone will find their own niche.
The idea is for this colourful big top to be our meeting place. From the 15th of July to the 24th of August, we’re going to run courses and offer introductions for summer holidaymakers from the age of 6 to 77! The idea is to introduce participants to the various circus arts across the week, which will be rounded off by a public demo-show.
It’s a magical place!
Discovering circus skills in this context, in the middle of the mountains while enjoying the resort’s many other activities is perfect. Our goal is to repeat the experience every year to make Courchevel a hub of artistic activity, to offer some continuity in the workshops and form different ability groups so that summer holidaymakers will want to come back year after year.