People are different. Everybody starts with different prerequisites: young, girls, big, small or handicapped and non-handicapped. The circus workshop project shows that a common goal can make these differences disappear of the KJR, which is taking place for the eleventh time this year.
For one week, 52 children, including six handicapped children, aged 9-16, live and train together with the KJR supervisors and the trainers of the children’s circus mumm. The goal: a two-hour circus performance under the motto "dreamboat in front of an audience of around 200.
Zoe is 13 years old and has already participated for the third time. Actually she wanted to train the disciplines trapeze and clown. But since she arrived a day later and the groups were already divided among the total of twelve disciplines, she had to make do with diabolo and juggling – the others were already full. "At the beginning I thought that I would not be able to do it. But I realized it could be done." Says zoe, who even now at lunch has her diabolo lying between her pigeons.
It is precisely these "possibilities and abilities that the children develop or suddenly discover here" what makes the project so exciting for hans-jurgen blickle, trainer of the circus mumm. "It’s always amazing what comes out in the end with the children. And that without pressure, just by self-motivation of the children" so blickle further. He also notes that the many opportunities offered to the children here are breaking down the typical distribution of roles.
Circus has to find its own way, but without losing sight of the others. This is where the KJR’s integration concept comes in, which focuses on "integrating disabled and non-disabled children into a self-reliant society" regine lechner, supervisor of the KJR, tells the story.
For zoe, too, dealing with handicapped children has long become part of everyday life. "You can’t always ask for the same things, and you often have to be considerate, but at the end of the day we all have a goal. And with time you realize what problems the children have and then you help them with it. We have a little girl here, for example, that always has to walk cropped on two legs and then you just walk slower and help her to walk." But zoe also says that dealing with the handicapped children was strange at first and she "didn’t know exactly how to react to it, what can i do?.
Regine lechner confirms this development process from initial skepticism and insecurity in dealing with the handicapped children to a mutual cooperation. "A lot has happened in the days we have been here together. There is only minimal fear of contact" the 52-year-old is pleased.
While zoe is twirling her diabolo high into the air in front of the tent and jumping through the throwing rope in the short time it remains in the air, only to catch it again, work is going on relentlessly in the tent on the high seas lore graph. The bare feet are cold and the soles are black.