Cirque Global: Quebec’s Expanding Circus Boundaries by Louis Patrick Leroux, Charles R. Batson

By Louis Patrick Leroux, Charles R. Batson

With a billion-dollar focused in Montreal, the province of Quebec has tested itself as a big hub for modern circus. Cirque du Soleil has a world presence, and troupes similar to Cirque Éloize and seven doigts de l. a. major are cutting-edge innovators. The nationwide Circus tuition of Montreal - the single state-funded elite education facility in North the US - is an influential chief in artistry and strategy. Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil’s Cirque du Monde helps arts for social switch on many continents and is popular for its social-circus education and study.

Cirque worldwide is the 1st book-length learn of this new number of circus and its overseas impression. The participants supply serious views in this speedily constructing paintings shape and its aesthetics, ethics, enterprise practices, pedagogical implications, and discursive significations. Essays discover artistic, entrepreneurial, and cultural forces which are shaping Quebec’s dynamic nouveau cirque. Lavishly illustrated with pictures from circus performances, the amount showcases Quebec circus’s hybrid types, that have merged the ethos and aesthetics of eu circuses with American advertisement and business creativity.

Cirque international is the definitive learn of the phenomenon of Quebec circus and is a crucial version for destiny examine on modern circus.

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Spectators had to wind their way through a casino to access a theatre invisible from the outside. The combination of the meandering magic of the casino and the surprise of a 30 Pascal Jacob theatre expressly conceived to accommodate unique creations was particularly fitting: it was somewhat like a quotation, a room inserted within a room discovered, as in the Opéra de Versailles, only after one secretly journeys through the passageways of the château. Such unsettling parallels reveal a taste for bending the rules.

Circus research requires interdisciplinarity in a way that I haven’t seen in theatre or dance research, at least not in the form of ongoing, open discussions between researchers from a wide variety of disciplines and theoretical frameworks. 4 Applied exams at l’École nationale de cirque, 2013. Artist: Kyle Driggs Reinventing Tradition 17 and hands-on research and development stemming from individual companies and the newly developed research and pedagogy nexus at the École nationale de cirque. Looking ahead, the working group and other circus researchers face a number of challenges.

2013), creativity and urban regeneration (Leslie and Rantisi 2010), and the “political body – embodied protest in contemporary circus” (Lavers 2012, 2014), to name but a few recent talks hosted by Montreal’s Working Group on Circus Research. My own research into circus dramaturgy combines a study of the vocabulary of circus disciplines with the aesthetic choices made through the narrativization of contemporary productions (Leroux 2013). My interest in nonverbal, theatrical dramaturgy connects with the École nationale de cirque’s commitment to develop a coherent vocabulary and eventual program in circus directing and to pursue research into new interactive and immersive technologies in the circus arts.

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