His Achievements in Circus Arts and Education
Mr. Arego Bedevia served as Principal Specialist of Circus Arts, Trainer, and Acts and Show Coordinator of Circuba from 1984 to 1991. Circuba is the national circus of Cuba and is associated with the Cuban National Circus School.
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Mr. Arego Bedevia went on to become Founding Director of the International Circus School in Benposta Nacion de Muchachos, Venezuela. Based on a “Boys Town” concept, the first Benposta was founded by Father Jesús Silva in 1956, outside of Ourense, Spain. Benposta was designed as a peaceful and safe home for homeless children, particularly those affected by poverty or violence. In 1966, Benposta (Spain) opened the School of Acrobatic and Circus Arts, where children and teenagers from all over the world were trained to perform in the new circus called Los Muchachos or Circo de Los Muchachos. Since its inception, Benposta cities have opened around the world. Benposta (Venezuela) opened in 1990, and Mr. Arego Bedevia became Founding Director of Circo de Los Muchachos in Venezuela in 1994.
Because working with children will be such a significant part of Mr. Arego Bedevia’s responsibilities, his experience at Benposta will be invaluable to his work at Circus Mojo. For example, the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky (“CHNK”), a community-leader providing residential and community-based programs to children and families, has partnered with Circus Mojo for the past five years to provide therapeutic recreation therapy. Rick W. Wurth, CEO of CHNK addresses the value that Mr. Arego Bedevia would bring to the U.S. He states,
“…Roberto’s experience and expertise in circus arts and youth education would be a valuable asset to the CHNK partnership with Circus Mojo going forward…Roberto’s skills in working with group homes in Venezuela would greatly contribute to our program expansion.”
His awards in Circus Arts and Education
In recognition of his work in Circus Arts and Education, Mr. Arego Bedevia has served as Artistic Director for numerous international circus acts from 1979 to the present. He has directed acts in France,Korea, Cuba, Italy, Russia, Mexico and Venezuela. He also is the artistic creator and coach of “Los Aregos,” a renowned acrobatic trio who has been featured most notably with Circo Atayde in Mexico, the Royal Hanneford Circus, and the Big Apple Circus. In 2001, “Los Aregos” won a bronze medal at the World Circus Festival in Brazil.
Mr. Arego Bedevia received a Diploma for his work in artistic instruction from Dr. Nuria Nuiry, Director, Art Education Directorate, Ministry of Culture, Cuba. Mr. Arego Bedevia also received a Certificate, for his work with the National Circus Company, from the Secretary General of the Workers Central Union of Cuba.
On December 8, 2014, Mr. Arego Bedevia was granted the title of Maestro Honorario by the Universidad Nacional Experimental de Las Artes (“UNEARTE”) in Venezuela. Created in 2008 by President Chavez, it is overseen by the Venezuelan Ministries of Culture and University Education, Science and Technology. UNEARTE is a public university designed to train professionals in the art field.
Mr. Arego Bedevia was the Founder and Director of the School of Circus and Variety in Havana, Cuba. He was also the Director of the Escuela Nacional de Circo “Yuri Mandich” of Cuba. Mr. Ricardo Sosa, who attended each, confirms Mr. Arego Bedevia’s positions. Mr. Sosa credits Mr. Arego Bedevia’s direction and influence for his success in the field.
He has been called on to judge others in the same or allied fields.
Mr. Arego Bedevia was a jury member of the First National Festival of Circus Arts in Havana, Cuba. He also was a jury member of the 4th National Circus Convention of Venezuela. In addition, he was a jury member selecting candidates in Venezuela for the acrobatics arts school of Wuqiao, China and the National Circus School, Cuba. He has also represented the National Circus artistic evaluation commission.