A week of teacher training in adaptive circus, lead by Thomas Hinz from Circability in New Zealand, has led to the exciting formation of circus4all Yangon. As part of the training, organised by Serious Fun in May, participants created a show and loved it so much they decided to do more. Here’s some highlights from the week of training.
Circus4all performers are based at Eden Centre for Disabled Children, Shwe Minn Tha Foundation, Myanmar Independent Living Initiative, Aye Myitta Center and Linkage. They’re planning more workshops and shows, and a photo exhibition.
Serious Fun Yangon Coordinator Virginia Henderson says the birth of circus4all is all about people finding out what they can do together. “It’s a group of mixed ability which is empowered, united, and keen to reach out to the world to share skills and a fabulous fun circus show.”
Thomas Hinz began teaching circus skills to disabled people after evaluating activity programmes and finding circus skills had by far the most beneficial outcomes, both in terms of skills development and the ability to change public perceptions. For more information, here is the circus4all Yangon Statement 150531.
Thanks to the Inya Lake Hotel for supporting the Training of Trainers week by providing accommodation for Thomas.