Cirque du Monde, A Social Circus

Helping young people in the streets through circus


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About the project Edit

Founded in 1995 by Cirque du Soleil, a multinational Quebec circus, the Cirque du Monde international program aims to help street kids in need by offering circus workshops. The idea behind the Cirque du Monde program ensues from the essence of the company "we have chosen to use what we do artistically as a means of intervention." The pedagogical approach of Cirque du Monde is based on a combination of circus arts and social intervention. The program creates spaces for learning which focus on respect, safety and enjoyment while providing ongoing challenges in learning technical circus skills. The program also improves physical conditioning and the ability for youth to better express and adapt among young people.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

This social intervention method used by the circus is in itself a very innovative experience. This program falls within what is referred to as a social circus.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The impacts of the Cirque du Monde workshops are numerous. As circus arts require solidarity and the combination of talent and strength from its participants, this allows young people to develop a sense of belonging to a group. The workshops also allow room for freedom and creativity while also demanding perseverance and discipline. The circus arts are able to offer at-risk-youth the chance to blossom, to express themselves and to use their marginal status as a tool to forge new ties with a society that often excludes them. Apart from the individual, the impacts of Cirque du Monde are seen collectively through - solidarity, teamwork and the respect for peers. There are also several impacts at the community level: reconciliation of young people from different backgrounds, change in the community's perception vis-à-vis at-risk-youth and the engagement in dialogue between the community and young people.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Cirque du Monde is operating in more than fifty communities throughout the world in partnership with Jeunesse du Monde, Oxfam International and many community organizations recognized in their milieu for the quality of their work with young people.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

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What is the business model of this project? Edit

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