Since 2005, Spark Circus has empowered kids & communities located on the Thai-Burma border. For over a decade, our circus activities have created a moments of pure childhood in an otherwise tough reality. Our performances bring laughter and awe to audiences of all ages. Circus training & workshops improve teamwork, confidence, creativity, and physical skills.
The 2016 Spark Circus tour is the tenth time we’ve been to Mae Sot. We provide magical moments for the kids and our annual return is a highlight of the year for many schools.
A Spark Circus visits start with a performance by our team – playful, skillful, silly, interactive. The show gets everyone excited and sets the tone for the rest of the day. From the stage we move to the playground.
In our playshops, kids get a taste of circus fun through active games, dancing, and skill practice with hula hoops, juggling and more. Circus play activates kids’ imaginations, builds confidence as they learn new skills, and improves their cooperation and trust. Smiles and laughter ring out as we all play together and learn from each other.
Through the years we’ve been expanding our scope – working with teachers to give them skills in leading active games – and using extra donations to help build new facilities, pay student tuition and teachers salaries, and bring art supplies, musical instruments and other creative tools to the places we visit.
And this year we’re introducing two new programs:
Big Top, a two day visit that will give us a chance to teach some of our routines to the kids – a choreographed hoop sequence, juggling tricks, a hip hop dance, aerials, or group acrobalance.
And Circus Workshop is a longer intensive program. In a week or so of daily visits, we’ll help kids learn circus skills, and also give them a chance to create their own acts with costumes and props. The students will pick a theme for their show, develop their own original ideas, and put on a performance for their school. We hope to spark some new performers with this intensive and to bring its graduates into our team some day.
In a change to our long tradition as a fire-performing troupe, we are dousing our flames for the 2016 tour to focus on daytime activities and trainings. Instead of lighting up the night with fire, we’ll light the fire of circus passion and possibility in the hearts and minds of our students.