The “Focon” course is aimed to give help and support to individual or collective artists in the development of  their circus arts projects in addition to support with related administrative requirements. The training targets professional circus artists facing changes in their career path (injuries, relocation) or professional artists who have left higher education for more than 3 years.


  • analyze situation, background and needs
  • define artistic project, research and find solutions
  • clarify individual signature, develop a specific language to defend artistic identity
  • acquire artistic writing tools through questioning other disciplines (theatre, dance, script writing, scenography)
  • professional project planning (administrative and technical management of team), acquire the tools for managing an artistic project
  • project communication, writing proposals, preparing oral presentations
  • understanding the organization of performing arts and the challenges faced when working in the professional environment, discovery and study of cultural structures and events


  • module 1 : artistic research with participation in 3 circus trials (4 weeks)
  • module 2 : transdisciplinary artistic courses : movement, play, technical research with apparatus (4 weeks)
  • module 3 : independent work (4 weeks)
  • module 4 : structuring of project (2 weeks)
  • module 5 : discovery of the professional environment (cultural visits, discovery of shows, festivals, etc.)
  • module 6 : project presentations, meetings with professionals and personalized assessment (1 week)


4 months, from October to March

From 09 October to 08 March

Next applications : until 22 May 2023

Download the application form


18 people maximum per session

Selection criteria and methods

  • technical level required : high-level physical technical mastery
  • candidate has already had a professional experience and is enrolled in an integration scheme
  • proposal of an artistic project (it is possible to apply as a collective)
  • minimum age : 26, no maximum age
  • availability selection : must be available from November to March
  • compulsory registration with Pôle Emploi
  • compulsory work visa for applicants from outside the EU
  • working level of French language (all communication is only  in French)


The training is free. The system is funded by the Occitanie region employment training department.
Possibility of benefiting from the ASP.



  • Accompagnement artistique : Christian Coumin et Andrea Schulte
  • Expression théâtrale en lien avec le cirque : Albin Warette
  • Mouvement : Andréa Schulte
  • Production : Cécile Imbernon (Chouette diffusion) et Christophe Brunella (La Grainerie)

Interested by this project ?
Contact Aurélie Vincq : +33(0)5 36 25 22 28 –