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Circus Works

Circus Projects, from a one off skills workshop to a 60 hr circus project with devising a show. the educational focus is to raise the students self esteem by using circus as a non competitive, creative tool that raises all manner of skills i.e. hand eye coordination, balance, trust, strength, responsibility, creativity,determination and perseverance, communication, group processes, body awareness, integrity... and its diversity allows a diversity of students to find a particular skill that they can excel at.

Artist Information

Olli Ricken


Phone: 021 1753512 or 03 3562102

Email: mail@olli.co.nz


community art experience:
I have been teaching circus skills to people of all ages since 1992 both in Europe and in NZ.

Skills and abilities:
Acrobatics, Partner and human Pyramids
Clowning,physical theatre
Globe walking,
Rola Bola,
Plate Spinning,
Object balance,
Devil Sticks

best practice experience in schools:
Teaching and devising circus projects in Leeds High school (UK) as part of international youth festivals "Breeze" with multicultural group of students. 1992,1993,1996,1998,2000, 2004, 2006

teaching at school circus club at High school in Hamm, Germany 1992-1993

teaching at and founding, leading several youth circus groups in Germany and england between 1992-2001,
and in Christchurch, New Zealand from 2002 to present

relevant qualifications:

Masters in Educational Science 2001
(thesis: Circuspedagogy)
Diploma EQL 7 in Circus Arts (CPIT 2002)

Programme Information

Arts Practice Medium: Cross Arts

Topics or Genres of Expertise: clowning, all circus skills (acrobatics, unicycling, juggling, trapeze, slackrope, rola bola, globe walking, plate spinning, poi, dance, slap stick, physical theatre and teambuilding

Languages Spoken: English, German

Target Age Group: Junior Primary, Middle Primary, Senior Primary, Junior Secondary, Senior Secondary

Preferred Group Size: Medium (9-20)

Regions: Canterbury, National

Space and Resources Required: appropriate room (school hall, gym, drama room, mats

Indicative Costs:

  • $ 50 per hour
  • Travel: 0.65 pr km

Mode of Delivery: Presentation, Performance, Workshop

Cultural Context: European, European


Mangakahia Area School, Titoki, Whangarei. Glenbervie School, Glenbervie, Whangarei

Programme Materials Provided for Schools: No

Photos of Relevant Work by This Artist

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