Practical Circus Kids Clear Ring – SWR Aktuell

In the hands-on circus at the State Garden Show in Neuchâtel, children become active as artists. Accompanied by acrobat Catherine Hailer.

Moving smoothly, switching roles and much more – 26-year-old acrobat Catherine Haller wants to introduce all this to children from the area and inspire them to the circus: “I am really happy to pass it, this enthusiasm, this energy, doing something together. Pyramid, for example .You can only do this together.”

Triple mother Lara Schmidt comes from Mülheim. The 35-year-old is looking forward to an afternoon with her kids Theo, Tabia and Elsa. First, the playground – and then the hands-on circus at LGS Neuchâtel: “I am so thankful that they are energetic and not potatoes. They always feel like they are playing sports – in terms of strength, this is a huge challenge for us as parents.”

Active children require a lot of effort from their parents. For the children of Lara Schmidt from Mülheim, LGS Neuenburg offers many opportunities to get around and get creative.


The family comes here several times a week because Lara Schmidt has a season ticket. She still has to pay five euros for parking, but at least she can take her children and friends with her for free. However, the high prices are annoying: 19 euros regular admission – for parents who have little money that’s a lot, you think.

“I often take kids whose parents can’t afford it. Because it’s really a great place for kids to de-stress.”

Unleash the vitality, try yourself – a hands-on circus is the right thing for kids. It’s free, especially if you have a season pass like Lara Schmidt: “I think it’s great because everyone has a chance to take a look and get to know her.”

A clear ring for children at the hands-on circus in LGS Neuenburg (Photo: SWR)

Lara Schmidt from Mülheim says the hands-on circus in LGS Neuenburg is just the right thing for kids who like to be active.


Then Nature and the others could finally enter the ring. Catherine Heller arranges the children so that the pyramid fits: the strongest at the bottom and the lightest at the top. An experienced acrobat knows exactly what to say so that each child finds their part in the difficult human pyramid. Guidance, accompaniment and encouragement – the breeder obviously enjoys this.

“Children become more confident and can then engage more. You can see development within a short time. They are always happy to show that.”

The 26-year-old goes to a circus school by herself. Only a few kilometers from the State Horticultural Fair. Cirque Intense was allowed to set up her tent here four years ago. It’s a kind of prep school for aspiring artists, says Catherine Heller, and “the only project in Germany where I can train art intensively. Circus is not just a sport for me. You come together and create something together. That’s what makes me so happy.”

A clear ring for children at the hands-on circus in LGS Neuenburg (Photo: SWR)

The Neuchâtel artist attends Cirque Intense and wants to pass on her love of circus and art to children.


Catherine Heller wants to convey the joy of the circus to children and make her school better known in Neuchâtel. They already have a fan – Lara Schmidt: “I think the circus has a magic that is passed down to children. They forget about space and time and I find this post very important. Especially after all these coronavirus shutdowns and after so long isolation.”

Then comes the highlight of LGS Neuchâtel’s hands-on circus: performance in Manege. The tension rises – and voila – the difficult human pyramid has been successfully completed!

A clear ring for children at the hands-on circus in LGS Neuenburg (Photo: SWR)

The challenge to perform in the ring has been mastered: children present the challenging human pyramid in LGS Neuchâtel’s hands-on circus.


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