Beth from the National Centre for Circus Arts (UK) presents a new method she’s learned during her mobility project at NICA and Flying Fruit Fly Circus in Australia:
One of the key methods I took away during the exchange was the importance of teaching youth students how to be a performer. This may seem like an obvious statement; on watching the programme set up at the Fruitflies, they have established a great mixture of performance & technical skills training. The outcome being very mature, confident and well-rounded students.
Reflecting on our current programme set up, I realised that we heavily focus on technical skills rather than how to be a performer. This is clearly a key skill and some change is necessary to provide better outcomes for our students when they move out of training and into the industry.