We know that field trips bring many benefits to students of all ages. But how about a cultural outing, more precisely, a show built around circus arts? Specifically, an outing to Cirque du Soleil is an exciting—even mesmerizing—experience for young participants that promises them beautiful discoveries!
The Benefits of Culture
Attending a show of the caliber of Cirque du Soleil awakens an intense enthusiasm in spectators and generates strong emotions and aspirations.
Beyond the educational mission of developing an appreciation for the arts and culture, a field trip to attend an artistic performance is also entertaining. It is the opportunity to open new horizons for students by introducing them to Art in its various forms, be it music, the performing arts, dance, or circus arts for that matter, thanks to the acrobats, trapeze artists, contortionists and all the other highly talented artists who create circus magic.
The young students involved in a learning process at school will retain concepts essential to their overall development:
- the strength of teamwork
- the variety of trades that can be practiced
- the endless possibilities of Art
- the prowess that can be achieved by the human body
- the importance of believing in one’s dreams.
Out of the Ordinary in Every Respect
The simple fact of announcing to your students that you’re planning a school outing to Cirque du Soleil will create a wave of enthusiasm throughout the classroom! It’s guaranteed to get attention, because it’s so different from traditional field trips.
Many students have never had the opportunity to attend such a performance, because the cost of the tickets is often perceived as being higher than it really is. In reality, our advantageous group packages make the tickets very affordable. This is one reason why this kind of outing is more and more popular with teachers.
Being totally visual and auditory, a Cirque du Soleil show appeals to the imagination of all spectators without exception, regardless of their culture or spoken language. It is poetry in motion and the excellence of all the artists who make it happen is an incredible source of inspiration.
Creating a School Project
A cultural outing fits very well into a school curriculum. Cirque du Soleil offers several teaching guides to create links between its performances and the subjects taught. These are excellent tools to get started.
Teachers can address the project by asking their students to answer in writing a certain number of questions, either via their homework or during a period devoted to this subject.
- What are circus arts?
- What are the characteristics of a circus today, compared to those of the past?
- What professions are related to the circus?
Preparing your students for the event will give them the feeling of actually participating in the show that they will be attending. The emotion will be even greater and, since completing a project of this magnitude requires a lot of work and preparation, it also teaches students a beautiful life lesson.
A Personal Experience
To integrate the field trip into the school program, a teacher asked his students to produce a press kit before attending the LUZIA show in Montreal (Quebec, Canada). The educational project included the drafting of several documents, among others: to relate the history of circus arts, to present the founder of Cirque du Soleil, to summarize performances already produced, and to identify the professions related to the circus.
The students have even had the opportunity to ask a Cirque du Soleil employee some technical questions to learn more about the many skills required to put on such an event. Every participant loved the activity and discovered career opportunities that they had no idea about until then!
Strengthening the Bonds
In a class composed of boys and girls from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, several groups are formed and these cliques tend to persist throughout the school year. Organizing an outing with the class allows everyone to share a unique moment together and this often allows for new bonds to be created.
During and after the show, the children will share their experience with the teacher and the other students. Some will even be inspired to relate personal anecdotes and memories that the event triggers. It is a beautiful way to strengthen the bonds between the students and give them the tools to work as a team.
Enrich your students’ school year with a show at Cirque du Soleil. It is a grandiose event that remains very simple to organize. Is the Cirque du Soleil’s Big Top coming to a location near your school in the months ahead? If so, here’s your chance to give your students something wonderful to remember!
It is also a great example of a success story. By having young people read a text on Guy Laliberté, teachers have been able to demonstrate the importance of believing in one’s dream and doing everything to achieve it!