Spotlight on the Academy of Modern Circus in Denmark

Lina B Frank (Director of Ausform) was recently asked to be an ambassador for AMoC, the new Contemporary Circus Education degree in Denmark. We asked Jens Sigsgaard & some of the team behind the new course the questions that prospective students and circus lovers want to know the answers to:

Where is the campus based?

AMoC is based in a beautiful old train depot in a vibrant young environment just minutes from the centre of Copenhagen. AMoC shares a courtyard with the AFUK schools, Copenhagen Skatepark, games spaces (like basketball, parkour, street dance, etc.) and a project house for entrepreneurs. It is both the people and surroundings that combine to create a unique and inspiring environment.

Who are the tutors going to be and what’s their specialisms?

The present tutors are specialized in acrobatics, pair acrobatics, static trapeze, swinging trapeze, rope, straps, chinese pole, contortion and juggling. But if students of other disciplines are admitted following the forthcoming auditions, tutors in those specialisms will be guaranteed.

What’s your relationship to AFUK?

AFUK is the overall umbrella for a number of educations in e.g. theatre, performance, art, graphic and visual design. Both AMoC and Artislinien focus on modern circus. AMoC is a further education at university level, whereas the Artislinien is a preparatory school. AMoC is neighbour to the Artislinien, and some of the viewings held by AMoC are conducted in the gymnasium of the AFUK schools. The schools have a good working relationship.

What will students get out of this degree in comparison to other famous circus schools in Europe? 

It is difficult to compare a pioneer education with other European and well-established further circus educations, but we can at least give account for the things we feel make our new education special: 

– AFUK and AMoC are known for their ambitious, informal, vibrant, loving and untraditional environment; and as a student you become part of that.

– Students will have individual timetables, continuously being adapted and updated to match the development and needs of the students.

– Introduction to a wide variety of stage art impressions, so far the students have seen everything from Cirque de Soleil and classical ballet to avant-garde dancing and experimental theatre.

– Theoretical and practical workshops with guest teachers within a number of different areas. Among other things, we have held lectures on circus history, performance analysis and the relationship between design and performativity, with co-operation from internationally acknowledged stage artists and performers

Each term what will students work on?

Each semester has various goals and focus areas. The first term the goal was to create an environment that made the students feel safe in expressing themselves creatively, and furthermore to help each student plan out, how best to work with their strengths and weaknesses. The theme of the present semester is “the minimalistic and the over-the-top”, which is continuously being explored during movement, theatre and discipline lessons.

Will there be much collaboration on group projects?

Yes, we work continuously on interdisciplinary group projects, and we have open performances for audiences. In the future, there are further plans of longer projects with other creative institutions, e.g. The Royal Danish Academy of Music.

How many students will you be accepting?

We don’t know yet – that will depend on the field of applications!

I saw something online about the ‘common circus language’ which will be alongside English and Danish on the course, could you talk about this?

Circus by nature is an extremely physical form of expression which transcends language and country borders. A circus artist can communicate internationally with audiences & artists solely through the use of circus technical skills. In our opinion, this amazing aspect of modern circus is ‘the common circus language’.

What is it that you are most excited by about the Contemporary Circus Education course 

It is a brand new and exciting experimental education, a pioneer project with room for brave experiments. Both teachers and students at AMoC are creating history and lead the way for Danish stage art.

We are also excited to finally have the opportunity to educate circus artists on an international level. Since 1994, when Artistlinien was founded, we worked hard to make it one of the best preparatory circus schools in Europe. Over the years, it has been with great pride that we have educated a long line of artists who have been accepted into some of the most prestigious circus educations around the world (including CNAC, NCS and DOCH amongst others).

At the same time, it has been frustrating not to have the possibility of seeing students through to university level, instead having to send them abroad to finish their education. This is why it has long been a dream to make the first attempt at a further circus education, and after many years and with the help of Copenhagen’s Politicians we finally succeeded. It is a milestone in a long history.

If you are interested in applying to audition for AMoC’s new Contemporary Circus Education all of the information is on the flyer below – good luck from Team Ausform!


AMOC Flyer


Image Credit: Cikus Cirkor of Alexander Weibelweibel from Knitting Peace

(Jojo chose this image because it has the spotlight so beautifully focussed for the camera – because the title of this blogpost is a spotlight on AMoC – get it!)

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