- In 1992 David Berry (from Australia) with the help of his Israeli wife, Hanita, created a street theater group for youth called MIMOS, based in Kiryat Tivon. This group offered an alternative perspective of life to young Israelis, some of whom faced fear at a personal level.
- MIMOS attracted a dedicated group of young people who participated in workshops and performed in public. After several successful performances in major Festivals in Israel, the nature of MIMOS evolved towards Circus.
- In 1999 MIMOS reached its peak of success and invited Roman Linkov, a master acrobat from the Moscow State Circus, to join the training of students.
- In 2000 a full time adult Circus School with a team of five teachers was opened. With help from the students of MIMOS, the Israel Circus School clarified its identity and took the first steps to become independent.
- 2002 saw the creation of the Association for the Development of Circus Arts in Israel (a Non-profit, charitable organization), with the goal of turning the Israel Circus School into a professionally run training Center for young people in the North of Israel. In September 2002 activities moved to Kefar Yehoshua, where renovation of the village hall started for the purpose of the circus training.
- In August 2002, after a timely visit, Mr. Arthur Vercoe Pedlar
(the 2003/4 President of the World Clown Association) contributed generous support to strengthen the ongoing work of the Israel Circus School.
- In August 2003 the Association for the Development of Circus Arts in Israel received a grant from the European Union to create the “Children’s Circus”.
- In May 2004 Mr. Pedlar revisited Israel to open the newly equipped Circus Center in Kefar Yehoshua.
- In June 2005 the “Looking Glass” Clown Alley was formed as a member of the World Clown Association based in the USA. “Looking Glass” operates out of the Circus Center in Kefar Yehoshua.
Key Performances of MIMOS & the Israel Circus School
- The Renaissance Festival at Yehiam Castle, Galilee, 1994, 1997, 2004
- Akko Festival of Alternative Theatre, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003
- Wadi Nisnas Co-existence Festival (Muslim, Christian & Jewish mid-winter celebrations), Haifa, 1997, 2001, 2004
- International Street Theatre Festival, Bat Yam, 1998, 1999, 2003
- Children’s Festival, Haifa, 1999
- Jacobs Ladder Folk Festival, 1999
- “Don Quixote” performed at Yehiam Castle, 1999
- “Genesis” performed in Braunschweig, Germany, 2000
- End of Year Performance of Israel Circus School, Tivon, 2001
- Several local community performances in Israel, 2002, 2003
- Various performances of the “Children’s Circus” sponsored by
the European Union, including
- “Clowns” at the Akko Festival of Alternative Theatre, 2003
- “The Lion and the Leopard” in Cyprus, 2004.
- Joint project with Circus Maghar and Israel Circus School “Aladdin and the Magic Flute” Children’s Festival, Haifa May 2005
- King David Circus at “Shantipi Festival” June 2005
- In August 2003 the Israel Circus School started the Jewish / Arab “Children’s Circus” with its partner, Circus Maghar. This involved intensive training for 20 Jewish and Arab kids, local performances and a tour of Cyprus. In Cyprus, we did workshops and performances for Christian and Muslim kids in schools and community centers on both sides of the island.
- The great success of this project has encouraged the Israel Circus School to find ways to encourage future activities with Circus Maghar, other Arab communities and other groups of disadvantaged children. The Children’s Circus has shown great potential in integrating the diverse multi-cultural groups that exist in Israel, acting as a model of positive interrelationship for local and regional purposes.
- Enormous efforts and considerable resources are required to manage and conduct joint operations with the various groups composing the Children’s Circus. Volunteer work makes up the bulk of current cooperation. Local and international support is being constantly sought to cover basic needs of transportation and staging of performances. If our project interests you, please contact us for full details on how to help us.