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Audition for Aloft Circus Arts’ Two-Year Professional Program

Posted on: Sept. 24, 2019
Category: School Application
Audition for Aloft Circus Arts’ Two-Year Professional Program - Circus Events - CircusTalk
Aloft Circus Arts is now accepting applications from circus students interested in auditioning for their Two-Year Full-time Professional Training Program. The program only accepts applications in even numbered years. Applications will be accepted until Feb 15, but audition spots are awarded on a rolling basis, so early application is encouraged. If accepted, students will attend an in-person audition in Chicago March 18-19. Aloft accepts only 10-12 students into their rigorous professional training program and each class remains together over the full 2 years of the program. To apply, and for more information please visit https://www.aloftloft.com/full-time-training-program Since 2013, the mission of Aloft’s program has been to create curious and questioning artists committed to advancing the role of circus the US and abroad. We aim to inspire our students to aim to inspire others and give them the tools to make physically and emotionally rigorous work that challenges ideas of who we are and what we can do, as individuals and a unified force. We want a circus revolution and we are building an army. 95% of the graduates of Aloft’s Full Time Program go on to professional circus careers. Our students are working in Cirque du Soleil, Lookingglass Theater Company, Zoppe Family Circus, Piccolo Zoppe, Walker Bro Circus, Cirque Mechanics, Open Ring Circus, Midnight Circus as well as working in Aloft’s Professional Company. Many students have also gone to circus schools in Europe including CodeArts and ESAC to further their training. Aloft’s proudest claim, however, is that our students go on to form their own companies and create their own shows, helping to spread the growth of a vibrant contemporary circus culture in the US and abroad. Our program is designed to encourage this progress. The unique structure of Aloft’s Full Time Training Program encourages both individual and ensemble growth. Year One is our FOUNDATIONS AND RESEARCH YEAR. Students spend 9 solid months engaged in intensive training to develop strong core, ensemble skills (juggling, dance, physical theater, acrobatics, handstands) that will make them valuable and vital circus artists. They’ll also dive deeply into research in a chosen apparatus, developing a voice and movement style that is unique.. Students work toward an end of the year show and come away with the solid skills and tools needed to make the most of Year Two and begin intensive work in their major area of focus. Year two is our LAB YEAR. Designed as a sort of “circus graduate program”, in addition to independent training time, core classes in physical theater, dance, acrobatics, trampoline, handstands and more, each month features a week long intensive workshop with a different world-class circus maker. Lab coaches have included circus luminaries such as Emma Serjeant (Casus, Circa, ESP), Joe Pinzon (Eloize, Short Round), Cohdi Harrell (Ricochet Project), Terry Crane (Acrobatic Conundrum), Keith Bindlestiff (Bindlestiff Family Circus), Rain Anya (Paper Doll Militia), Allesandra Ogren (Wise Fool, Penasco Theater), George Orange (No Fit State, Mary Bijou) and many more. These Lab Weeks are invaluable facetime with the very people likely to be making hiring decisions in their future. The Lab Year culminates an exciting and invigorating two month show creation process with an internationally renowned director.
Application Deadline:
Feb. 15, 2020
Location: Aloft Circus Arts
3324 W Wrightwood Ave
Chicago
United States

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