Fools host a camp

A volunteer helps clean out The Green Fools’ space after the floods.

Despite losing their practice and performance space in the recent flooding The Green Fools are pushing ahead and hosting a circus camp over the next few days.

Although the Fools have hosted camps all over the world over the last 15 years this will be their first in Calgary made possible by funding from Calgary 2012 the Calgary Foundation the Nickle Family Foundation and Cirque du Soleil. About 100 kids are enrolled in the camp.

"Because we got all the funding and we’ve got a venue here at the Kerby Centre we decided to do one here this year" says Dean Bareham of the Fools.

"It’s a free camp and we’re feeding them everyday and we teach them many many many skills" he says. "We’ve got aerial we have acrobatics we’ve got trapeze and aerial hammock. We have tightwire and juggling. We have magic. We have hip-hop. We have puppets and clown."

Bareham says the Fools had to put their own flood-related troubles on the backburner for now. The group’s belongings are currently stored in four shipping containers though Quest Theatre was kind enough to offer them office space and storage for their roving and stiltwalking gear as well as the circus equipment.

"We’re kind of homeless and squatting due to the kindness of strangers basically" says Bareham.