At the heart of Cirque du Soleil: a Creator, a Performer and a Citizen Michel Lafortune Social Circus Director Global Citi...
Once upon a time… <ul><li>A group of young creators, entrepreneurs, performers, craftsmen, citizens of the street, rooted ...
Vision, Mission and Purpose <ul><li>A creative-driven vision and mission, inspired by a dream for a better world and aimin...
Cirque du Soleil at a glance <ul><li>Founded in 1984 </li></ul><ul><li>4000  employees worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>900 art...
Touring shows Miami Honolulu Washington Séoul Bruxelle Madrid Canberra New York
Resident shows   Macao Orlando Las Vegas Tokyo
Doing business:  Belonging and Contributing An example : Our Head Office in Montreal <ul><li>Leadership in the internation...
Cultural Action <ul><li>Integration of arts and culture into employee’s lives (draws for tickets for employees, PARADE, co...
Social Responsibility <ul><li>Social responsibility includes: </li></ul><ul><li>Mission and values </li></ul><ul><li>Gover...
Social Circus  <ul><li>A portion of the 1% of Cirque gross revenue devoted to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Being involved as who...
Video excerpt «  Cirque for life  »
Cirque du Monde  Our Social Circus Program <ul><li>A program that relies strongly on community partners involved at each s...
Learning Objectives Social and personal development of youth JUGGLING MANIPULATION ACROBATICS PYRAMIDS TIGHTROPE UNICYCLE ...
Social Circus Partners   Cirque du Monde program YOUTH 2- COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS 1- FOUNDING ORGANIZATIONS 3-  INTERNATIO...
Cirque du Monde Sites Africa Burkina-Faso Ouagadougou Cameroon Douala South Africa Cape Town Durban Europe Belgium La Louv...
Factors of Success <ul><li>Credible local partners </li></ul><ul><li>Real partnership with the community </li></ul><ul><li...
Cirque du Monde Impact <ul><li>For youth </li></ul><ul><li>15’000 participants per year </li></ul><ul><li>Improve self-est...
Social Circus Training Program Objectives <ul><li>Worldwide program launched in 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Develop sound perso...
Social Circus Training Program The Results <ul><li>Common vision of circus arts as a social intervention tool </li></ul><u...
Social Circus Training Program The challenges and future perspectives <ul><li>Support the development of training programs...
Europe CARAVAN (8 organizations) NICE Social Circus Training Networks  supported by Cirque du Soleil CIRQUE DU SOLEIL Inte...
Social Circus...
... A vector of development
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  • Day 10 Plenary 1 - Michel Lafortune

    1. 1. At the heart of Cirque du Soleil: a Creator, a Performer and a Citizen Michel Lafortune Social Circus Director Global Citizenship Service
    2. 2. Once upon a time… <ul><li>A group of young creators, entrepreneurs, performers, craftsmen, citizens of the street, rooted in the community </li></ul><ul><li>An eagerness to reinvent the circus arts, create new experiences and perform live shows for audiences all over the world </li></ul>
    3. 3. Vision, Mission and Purpose <ul><li>A creative-driven vision and mission, inspired by a dream for a better world and aiming at economic and community viability </li></ul><ul><li>Invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world </li></ul><ul><li>In the pursuit of our dreams and in our business practices, we strive to position ourselves in the community as a responsible proponent of change </li></ul>
    4. 4. Cirque du Soleil at a glance <ul><li>Founded in 1984 </li></ul><ul><li>4000 employees worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>900 artists </li></ul><ul><li>100 different professions </li></ul><ul><li>More than 40 nationalities </li></ul><ul><li>More than 25 spoken languages </li></ul><ul><li>90 cities visited on 4 continents </li></ul><ul><li>More than 80 millions spectators since 1984 </li></ul><ul><li>10 million spectators in 2007 </li></ul>
    5. 5. Touring shows Miami Honolulu Washington Séoul Bruxelle Madrid Canberra New York
    6. 6. Resident shows Macao Orlando Las Vegas Tokyo
    7. 7. Doing business: Belonging and Contributing An example : Our Head Office in Montreal <ul><li>Leadership in the international communities: Business; Arts and entertainment; Circus arts; Social, political and diplomatic </li></ul><ul><li>A major ecological orientation </li></ul><ul><li>A sustainable development approach </li></ul><ul><li>Social action </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural action </li></ul><ul><li>Social Circus </li></ul>
    8. 8. Cultural Action <ul><li>Integration of arts and culture into employee’s lives (draws for tickets for employees, PARADE, contemporary art collection) </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of arts and culture into the community (Sundays at Cirque, Journées de la Culture) </li></ul><ul><li>Support for artists and artistic organizations (ticket purchases, support to music, visual arts, theatre, dance, cinema and other disciplines) </li></ul>
    9. 9. Social Responsibility <ul><li>Social responsibility includes: </li></ul><ul><li>Mission and values </li></ul><ul><li>Governance and business ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Marketplace </li></ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Procurement policy </li></ul><ul><li>Human rights </li></ul>The 1% policy is the tool to develop the fields of social responsibility and community involvement.
    10. 10. Social Circus <ul><li>A portion of the 1% of Cirque gross revenue devoted to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Being involved as who we are and where we come from </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A focus: youth at risk and the involvement of communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A vision: putting youth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>on the global agenda </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing our knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>through training and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>networking </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Video excerpt «  Cirque for life  »
    12. 12. Cirque du Monde Our Social Circus Program <ul><li>A program that relies strongly on community partners involved at each site (Non-profits, government or community organizations, private sector, schools, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>An international program where circus arts are used to favour the personal and collective development of youth in difficulty </li></ul>
    13. 13. Learning Objectives Social and personal development of youth JUGGLING MANIPULATION ACROBATICS PYRAMIDS TIGHTROPE UNICYCLE SKIPPING ROPE TRAPEZE STILTS DRAMATIC ACTING STAGE TECHNOLOGY DIRECTING Develop personal skills: Autonomy Solidarity Self-esteem Physical fitness Communication Expression Adaptability to change Improve self-esteem and give youth an opportunity to express their marginality in a creative way <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Create a respectful, safe and fun environment where youth can take risks </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>by taking up successive and properly paced challenges </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>through acquiring the following skills </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Social Circus Partners Cirque du Monde program YOUTH 2- COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS 1- FOUNDING ORGANIZATIONS 3- INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ORGANIZATIONS 4- PRODUCTION: TECHNICAL SUPPORT ARTISTIC SUPPORT 5- UNIVERSITIES 6- GOVERNMENTS 8- BUSINESSES AND FOUNDATIONS 7- TRAINING ORGANIZATIONS
    15. 15. Cirque du Monde Sites Africa Burkina-Faso Ouagadougou Cameroon Douala South Africa Cape Town Durban Europe Belgium La Louvière Netherlands Amsterdam Middle East Lebanon Beyrouth North America Canada Atikamekw Nation: Manawan & Wemontaci Drummondville Nunavik: Inukjuak & Puvirnituq Montreal Quebec City Sherbrooke Victoriaville Asia/Oceania Australia Broken Hill China Hong Kong Mongolia Ulaanbaatar & Dornod Singapore Singapore Latin America Brazil 25 communities Chile Santiago Honduras Choluteca Mexico Mexico City United States Atlanta Las Vegas Los Angeles New York City Orlando
    16. 16. Factors of Success <ul><li>Credible local partners </li></ul><ul><li>Real partnership with the community </li></ul><ul><li>Continuity: duration, coordination and training </li></ul><ul><li>Respect of the local culture </li></ul>
    17. 17. Cirque du Monde Impact <ul><li>For youth </li></ul><ul><li>15’000 participants per year </li></ul><ul><li>Improve self-esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Increase their capacity to concentrate,to work in a group and to communicate </li></ul><ul><li>A higher awareness of the body </li></ul><ul><li>For social circus instructors </li></ul><ul><li>Job creation for social circus instructors </li></ul><ul><li>Better knowledge of the situation of youth at risk </li></ul><ul><li>New perspectives of development in the social field </li></ul><ul><li>A pertinent way to create the contact with youth </li></ul><ul><li>For the community </li></ul><ul><li>Give voice to youth at-risk reality and needs </li></ul><ul><li>Catalyst to get more funding and resources towards the cause of at-risk youth </li></ul><ul><li>Proposal of a new model of social action </li></ul><ul><li>Re-establishing a dialogue between marginalized youth and their communities </li></ul>
    18. 18. Social Circus Training Program Objectives <ul><li>Worldwide program launched in 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Develop sound personal and professional ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Teach innovatively and interactively </li></ul><ul><li>Tie course content with community realities </li></ul><ul><li>Favour circus arts as a personal development tool </li></ul>
    19. 19. Social Circus Training Program The Results <ul><li>Common vision of circus arts as a social intervention tool </li></ul><ul><li>Improvement and diversification of instructors’ social and technical skills </li></ul><ul><li>Circus workshops better adapted to at-risk youth and partner organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Increased attendance and involvement of youth in workshops </li></ul><ul><li>For instructors, greater sense of belonging to an international network </li></ul><ul><li>A major movement of mobilization for the development of the social circus </li></ul><ul><li>In Quebec, recognition by the Education Board of a college-level diploma in social circus (360 hours) for National Circus School’s students </li></ul>
    20. 20. Social Circus Training Program The challenges and future perspectives <ul><li>Support the development of training programs to ensure sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Create better adapted educational tools / curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Support the Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Explore new fields of application </li></ul><ul><li>Develop evaluation process and support the research </li></ul><ul><li>Help finding resources for our partners </li></ul>
    21. 21. Europe CARAVAN (8 organizations) NICE Social Circus Training Networks supported by Cirque du Soleil CIRQUE DU SOLEIL International network ITNSC United States AYCO A merican Y outh C ircus O rganisation (20 organizations) Canada Quebec networks of Cirque du Monde (9 organizations) Brazil Brazilian networks of Cirque du Monde (25 organizations) Australia ICAN I ndigenous C ircus A rt N etwork West Africa Informal network Burkina Faso Cameroun Ivory Coast
    22. 22. Social Circus...
    23. 23. ... A vector of development

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