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 validated itself as an incredible hub for modern circus. Cirque du Soleil has an international presence, and troupes corresponding to Cirque Éloize and seven doigts de los angeles major are state of the art innovators. The nationwide Circus tuition of Montreal - the single state-funded elite education facility in North the USA - is an influential chief in artistry and strategy. 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 examine.

Cirque worldwide is the 1st book-length learn of this new number of circus and its overseas influence. The participants supply severe views in this swiftly constructing artwork shape and its aesthetics, ethics, company 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 types, that have merged the ethos and aesthetics of ecu circuses with American advertisement and commercial creativity.

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

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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. The subsequent successes of O, KÀ , Zumanity, Love, and Believe, and of La Nouba and Zed abroad, confirmed the extensive influence of Cirque du Soleil and identified Quebec as the new world of the circus.

5 Contemporary circus with its combination of artistic activity and sports ethos has permeated Quebec society in ways that cannot be ignored by the academy. nk – on this topic see Batson 2014), the very term cirque has come to differentiate the high-value artistic brand from the traditional family-oriented circus. Cirque has become a buzzword to the point where many American companies and circuses have sought to distinguish themselves from traditional circus – and perhaps share some of Cirque du Soleil’s lexical magic – by integrating the French term into their names.

3 From Psy, 7 Fingers. Group with Nael Jammal same time, seven artists had conceived a show and company – Les 7 doigts de la main – and performed their first body of work, Loft, for that year’s iteration of Montreal’s Just for Laughs festival where they won the Prix de la Relève (Prize for Emerging Talent). The year 2002 was thus a crucial milestone in the recent history of Québécois circus arts. In the space of one month, a dynamic artistic form materialized within the parameters of one tiny area, where all the facets of today’s circus – whether neoclassical, new, or contemporary – managed to flourish.

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