Monokyklo is a nonprofit organization based in Thessaloniki, Greece, established in 2017 whose main aim is to transmit the performative arts of Circus, Dance and Theater, as means of artistic expression, and as valuable pedagogical tools for mental and physical development. The scope of work includes teaching and performing Circus disciplines, with additional emphasis on Human Rights Education, Contemporary Dance and physical Theater techniques.
The group consists of artists, pedagogues, youth workers, psychologists, circus trainers and animators with relevant studies and many years of field experience in different contexts, all sharing great passion and respect for their work. Board members of the organization hold years of experience coordinating local and European funded projects centered around long-life learning programs, youth exchanges, artistic residencies etc.
Monokyklo is organizing and implementing various projects with social and artistic scope. In the social field Monokyklo is cooperating with local and international NGOs and associations implementing projects of artistic interventions in socially sensitive groups, aiming at their personal and social empowerment. The main tool of work has been social circus and since 2010 team members have been giving social circus workshops at psychiatric hospitals, local prison institutions, Roma communities, institutions for people with disabilities, shelters for refugees and unaccompanied minors and more.
Monokyklo’s circus space is located in a small district of Thessaloniki, and offers regular classes in Circus skills, dance, theater, and yoga occur throughout the year for students of all ages, backgrounds and cultures. Artistically the team creates and participates in various performances and plays, throughout Greece and abroad, in both theaters and outdoors.
Monokyklo firmly believes performing arts should be open and accessible for everyone. Having strong experience with international partnerships, Monokyklo is operating as a link forother local grass root level circus organizations all over Greece, connecting the circus community that is now starting to flourish in the country.