Blog post by Alex Clatworthy, Circus Eruption
I applied to attend the ASK conference with very little hope of getting picked as I’m very new to working in the circus (although have been involved as a volunteer for years). So when I got the email inviting me to go I was really chuffed!!
We made our way to Gschwend via bus, plane, train and van and after a long 16 hour journey arrived in CircArtive. It’s such an amazing place with a lovely roundhouse barn for skills; animals roaming around- like alpacas, goats and chickens; some great communal spaces for eating and meeting and lovely cabins for us to stay in. All situated in beautiful forests. We were also treated to some unseasonably warm, sunny weather.
I was a little nervous about what we would be doing with our week, but I needn’t have been – we started off with the usual “getting to know you” games and it was a great introduction for the group. We were a bunch of strangers who would be spending a lot of time together and it was good to find out what a lovely bunch we were! The work we did was really interesting – trying to figure out what an assistant circus trainer was and how best to train them for circuses across Europe. It was fascinating for me to discover other circuses needs and expectations, and also to have some impact on future training. It was all facilitated really well – there was never too much sitting still, we did games and skills and I felt like everyone in the room had something to offer and a space in which to share it.
I’m really grateful for the opportunity I had to go and see some of Germany, visit a wonderfully unique circus space and meet such an amazing group of people. I would definitely recommend getting involved with this project if you have the chance!