Industry Events

Dynofest: How much load do you pull?

Friday, June 21 | 9:30 am
Venue: Firefly Theatre & Circus Studio

Definition: A dynamometer, also known as a “dyno”, is a device that measures force, torque or power. 

This is a fundraiser to benefit ACAF. Free to attend but if you would like a reading please bring a donation of $10 per reading and your equipment.

Facilitated by Gaslamp FX

Human Load Rigging for Technicians

Sunday, June 23 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Venue: Servus Theatre at La Cité Francophone

Flying Humans in the air is not the same thing as hanging a speaker. However, with knowledge and appropriate gear, it can be fairly straightforward. Join Graeme Janzen and Micheal King, two professional technicians, to unpack the dynamics of flying systems. The workshop will take place in a theatre with a flying system installed.  Specific course curriculum will be tailored to the skill level of the participants.

How Much Does This Cost:  $50.00/$40.00 for CITT Members

Write Your Artist Statement

Saturday, June 22 | 11:30 am
Venue: Campus Saint-Jean Drama Classroom

Have you ever wanted to write an Artist Statement?

As part of the ACAF’s Public Experience, you are invited to take part in this FREE activity!

From your truth
Access your truth and create an artist statement that will nourish your creative process.

This is a workshop that will guide you through a journey of self-discovery and creative exploration. Through a combination of journaling, active meditation, play, and movement exercises you will be led through the process of articulating your creative vision by crafting your artist statement. This workshop is meant to assist circus artists who want to use their technique as a tool to express their artistic voice. 

 Instructions: Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in, a pen and some paper. You will not need your circus apparatus during this workshop.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:  SABINE JEAN, Montréal Complèment Cirque Festival
Sabine Jean thrives best within a flexible form of performance. A form that respects and accepts the truth of the present moment, a contrast from the pre-determined performance she experienced professionally after graduating in Cyr Wheel at Montreal’s National Circus School in 2006. Sabine now enjoys exploring artistic direction through an approach that lies somewhere between the research process and performance art, incorporating sound captured in real time, and personal growth exercises.


Structure Your Training

Saturday, June 22 | 3:30 pm
Venue: Campus Saint-Jean Drama Classroom

Do you want to make the most of your training time?  Regardless of discipline?

Crafting Independent Performers: Structuring your free training like a pro is for you! As part of the ACAF’s Public Experience, you are invited to take part in this FREE activity on Saturday, June 22nd @3:30pm.

Getting started with solo training can be overwhelming. Should I take more private lessons? How many times a week should I stretch? What should I do when I lack motivation? 

Crafting Independent Performers is aimed at artists with the goal of becoming a professional circus performer, or simply to better plan and manage their training. It is an overview of some concepts surrounding the practice of circus arts such as the biomechanics of flexibility and physical conditioning, injury prevention, nutrition and motivation. This intensive workshop gives key points and tools for a prosperous circus career.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Chloé St-Jean-Richards, École de Cirque de Québec
Born between two Cirque du Soleil tours, Chloé has circus in her blood. She began performing as a professional circus artist at the age of 9, alongside her father and her aunt. During her 24 years of experience, she has trained under many renowned coaches in dance, gymnastics, Silks and German wheel. She attended the prestigious École nationale du Cirque de Montréal and obtained her diploma. Currently she an instructor at École de Cirque de Québec.

The Myth of Perfection

Sunday, June 23 | 11 am
Venue: Campus Saint-Jean Drama Classroom

The Myth of Perfection
A FREE wellness workshop as part of the ACAF Public Experience

Circus attracts folks who are willing to work hard and try to achieve the impossible.

Perfectionism can do us a lot of mental and emotional harm if we leave it unchecked.

It is created and maintained by unequal systems that trick us into believing some people are inherently more valuable than others.  In this workshop, we will explore sneaky signs of perfectionism, individual strategies to manage it, and how to recognize and resist some of the larger systemic issues that reinforce perfectionism.  

Janelle Peters, LSW, (they/she) is a queer circus artist, choreographer, director, and circus coach. Specializing in contortion and aerial hoop, Janelle draws upon their background in martial arts, and dance to create work with the goal of leaving audiences feeling seen, and whole.  Alongside their artistic and coaching work, Janelle creates materials and facilitates conversations about mental health, wellbeing, and systemic change in circus. This work stems from the question, “What if circus were KNOWN for valuing the wholeness and humanity of everyone involved?”. Janelle offers individual, trauma-informed, social-justice-oriented psychotherapy from a queer lens in their small private practice in Colorado, USA.