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Cirque Nova at Liberty 2010

8 September 2010

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photo of aerialist performing at liberty festival

After 2 consecutive years of training a variety of young people with disabilities, homeless youths and disadvantage young people to do circus skills with us, we’ve now had the opportunity to showcase the diversity of skills that they’ve been learning. Within our group there are a few strongly committed people who want to be part of our show and are training hard to be able to perform from next year onwards, these people have had the chance to learn to do solo acts on silks and...

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Jean-Marie Akkerman blogs Cirque Nova's return to the Astral

19 May 2010

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photo of circus skills training workshop

We thought we’d be able to start our new program called “Astral” in February 2010. This then became March, but which eventually started in April. Due to funding restrictions the members of this new group would be of a much lower age range and would be trained and mentored by the original “Stellar” group members. We have so far had three sessions in the old venue at Woolwich. On 1 May 2010 we had our last session there. We have prepared two venues with aerial...

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Circque Nova: another year, another project - against the odds

1 March 2010

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circus skills performer

In November 2009 we finished our first project of training young Disabled people, combining them with a second group of homeless youths. The interaction between the two groups was a great success. We called the project ‘Stellar’ and afterwards produced a show that involved both the Colombian teachers and the students – some of whom ended up performing 70 feet in the air, suspended from a crane! We were only able to showcase the project once at a Youth Centre in Leytonstone...

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The first showcase of Cirque Nova's Stellar - 19 September, 3pm at Pastures Youth Centre, Davis Lane, Leytonstone - Waltham Forest, London E11 3DR.

28 August 2009

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It is the first showcase of our group Stellar who have been training over 9 months to get to a good level of skills. They will be showcasing their work for an audience. 12 disabled people and 3 members of Centrepoint (homeless) combined with their teachers and other professional circus and dance artists, in a high altitude creation. The event is free of charge but as we're a non-for-profit organisation all donations are welcome and we'd like adults to leave a minimum of £10 if possible. Please...

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Open Rehearsal for next stage of Stellar on Saturday 25 July

20 July 2009

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Just a reminder that Cirque Nova Limited is holding a open Rehearsal of our show STELLAR as part of the Cultural Olympiad on Saturday 25 July from 11am - 5pm. This rehearsal is to showcase the training that 12 people with disabilities and 3 young service users of CenterPoint have done over the last 7 months, and now have achieved enough level as to create this show combined with their teachers and other professional circus artists from Circus Space in London and from Circolombia In Cali...

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Cirque Nova goes Stellar

26 May 2009

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It has been nearly six months since we started training and gosh so much has happened. I was meant to keep a regular blog but that has somehow not happened, so am going to explain what we have been doing. We started the Stellar training project at the end of January 2009. Our aim was to train a group of disabled people in a range of circus skills. We started our training at the Circus Space in central London. The venue was very nice, and the training was very accessible to everyone. The group...

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Jambo from Nairobi

22 January 2009

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Jean-Marie Akermann on ropes

Jean-Marie Akkermann of Cirque Nova has gone to Kenya. He is spending 5 days in Nairobi working with Dance4Life to set up a program of training for HIV+ children from an orphanage so that they can perform their own stories with newly acquired circus skills.

Excerpts from Jean-Marie's travel blog are published below. You can read the full entry on Travel Blog

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Day three

16 October 2008

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Elephants having a mud bath

...So on Monday, I had my last meetings with the people of D4L, had a couple of drinks with GianLuca, and on tuesday we set off early in the morning after a good Breakfast to Mombasa. The bus was OK, not great, but it would do the job, we thought it be fast, but it actaully took us 8 hours with a 20 minute stop only for food to get down here, no aicon and I got a big mama sitting next to me, pocking me friendily at every village to let me know what tribe lives there, and to show me when...

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Day two

15 October 2008

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Photo of Jean-Marie Akermann with a giraffe

First the good news! no diahorrhea! then more good news, had a good day... So what can I say...first and foremost! I HAVE NEVER in my travels felt so little harrassed, threatened in any way, or have had anyone try to get more money from me, as from anyone else, some places have prices for locals end prices for tourist! Fair enough but on matatus, pubs, restaurants, not a single person has tried to rip me off! I feel safe! I feel welcome! the people smile and say Jambo every where! I was fearing...

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Well here I am, day 1 of a new adventure!

11 October 2008

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A view of Nairobi from the Helipad on the roof of the Kenyatta Conference Centre

There was no one to meet me from the airport, which I expected. I got into town by public bus. It was OK, took about an hour, but thought it would take longer. I was politely told where to get off, after passing the poorest areas one can imagine. I got off walked 5 minutes to find my hotel, which had a room at about a tenner a night. It is clean and the lonely planet says it is safe. Wo - the security lad on night shift was very friendly. I was touched by his concern. He asked if I could bring...

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