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 verified itself as a tremendous hub for modern circus. Cirque du Soleil has an international presence, and troupes reminiscent of Cirque Éloize and seven doigts de los angeles major are state of the art innovators. The nationwide Circus college of Montreal - the one state-funded elite education facility in North the US - is an influential chief in artistry and process. Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil’s Cirque du Monde helps arts for social swap on many continents and is popular for its social-circus education and study.

Cirque international is the 1st book-length examine of this new number of circus and its foreign impression. The members provide severe views in this swiftly constructing artwork 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 photos from circus performances, the amount showcases Quebec circus’s hybrid varieties, that have merged the ethos and aesthetics of eu circuses with American advertisement and business creativity.

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

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7 When I started working on circus a mere seven years ago, I had to address concerns about my goals as a researcher. Before anyone talked, before I was allowed “in,” they needed to know whether I was coming in as a tourist or making a long-term commitment. Although concerned with objectivity and appropriate scholarly distance, I quickly understood that I had to truly engage with the milieu, to be present. To offer an honest, noncomplacent reading of it, I first needed to experience it up close through ongoing conversations, panel discussions, and open forums involving practitioners, scholars, and policy-makers on topics that were of vital interest to the community: contractual ethics (Achard et al.

However, it was during the 1980s 28 Pascal Jacob and 1990s that the Québécois circus freed itself from the more traditional register to form a new aesthetic, fashioned by a handful of confident visionaries. When Guy Caron decided to create a circus school in Montreal (see Jacob and Vézina 2007 for a more detailed history of this inaugural moment), he anchored the spirit of future artistic developments in a mentality that was both highly cultured and popular. By offering everyone the possibility to “do” circus, he made training accessible in techniques that had hitherto remained secret and mainly transmitted through families and clans.

In a sense, this current collection acts as both a “contemporary circus reader” and a cornerstone for ongoing and future scholarship in an emerging field in and beyond Quebec to encompass North America more generally. 18 Louis Patrick Leroux Methodology and Scope Yet how does one reconcile such disparate objects and methods of study? How can we bridge the scientific, the artistic, the pedagogical, the curricular, the industrial applications, and the management-driven questions, as well as those stemming from cultural discourse and yet others from marketing?

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