Putting on a red nose, learning to balance on a trapeze or to juggle with a diabolo. Not really activities which would seem to be a priority in Nablus you will say. This, however, is not the opinion of the circus school, Assirk Assagir, which has been set up just a short walk from Project Hope’s centre.
Founded in 2004 by a group of enthusiastic Palestinian artistes, the school’s ambition is to develop circus arts in the city.
But beyond that they also want to provide a space for self-expression and freedom for the children living under occupation and constant stress. Hence each class is followed by a time for discussion, a moment set aside in order for each one to be able to express their anguish, their doubts, or their success. Furthermore, Assirk Assagir can be proud of being one of the only youth organizations to offer mixed classes open to girls and boys from 6 to 22 years old.
The school has received support from Clowns Without Borders, the French Consulate and Project Hope. Developing out of the classes several performances have already been given, a particular one for disabled young people in Iraq Borin, but also in Jericho and in the heart of the Roman amphitheatre in Nablus, in front of an audience of more than 1,500.
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