The Zirkusakademie Wien (Circus Academy of Vienna) in Austria offers a circus education programme and workshops.
Its two-year programme dispenses a specialisation in either circus pedagogy or circus arts, with courses mostly offered evenings and weekends. It is directed at people who will consider the programme as an addition to their profession or occupation (pedagogy, teaching, dance, acting etc.), or as an enrichment to their personal development.
Apart from the two-year programme, the Zirkusakademie Wien (ZAW) offers workshops and courses accessible to the general public. These give people the opportunity to gain an insight into the world of circus, and to learn and train specific circus skills.
The ZAW as it exists today was founded in 2001. Our approach is characterized by the nouveau cirque (contemporary circus) that developed from the classical circus during the last quarter century under the influences of dance, acting and music amongst others. The ZAW is certified Wien-Cert and Ö-Cert, meeting the criteria for nationwide quality standards in adult education.
Text: Ruth Schleicher