The ordinary acrobat : a journey into the wondrous world of the circus, past and present


Auteurs : Wall, Kevin Duncan (Auteur)

Éditeur : Knopf

Date de publication : 2013

ISBN : 978-0307271723

Langue : Anglais

Description : 336 p. : ill. coul. ; 25 cm.

Notes : Index.

Sujets :
Histoire des arts du cirque
Histoire des arts du cirque - France
Nouveau cirque
Arts du cirque - France - Récits personnels
École nationale des arts du cirque de Rosny-sous-Bois
Thomas, Jérôme [artiste de cirque]
Riot-Sarcey, André [artiste de cirque]
Histoire des arts du cirque - États-Unis
Cirque du Soleil [compagnie de cirque]
École nationale de cirque
Jacob, Pascal
Astley, Philip [écuyer, propriétaire de cirque]
Histoire de l'art équestre
Histoire de la jonglerie
Histoire de l'art clownesque
Théâtre du geste - Histoire

Résumé :
The extraordinary story of a young man’s plunge into the unique and wonderful world of the circus - taking readers deep into circus history and its renaissance as a contemporary art form, and behind the (tented) walls of France’s most prestigious circus school.

When Duncan Wall visited his first nouveau cirque as a college student in Paris, everything about it - the monochromatic costumes, the acrobat singing Simon and Garfunkel, the juggler reciting Proust - was captivating. Soon he was waiting outside stage doors, eagerly chatting with the stars, and attending circuses two or three nights a week. So great was his enthusiasm that a year later he applied on a whim to the training program at the École Nationale des Arts du Cirque and was, to his surprise, accepted.

The Ordinary Acrobat follows the collision of one American novice and a host of gifted international students in a rigorous regimen of tumbling, trapeze, juggling, and clowning. Along the way, Wall introduces readers to all the ambition, beauty, and thrills of the circus’s long history: from hardscrabble beginnings to Gilded Age treasures, and from twentieth-century artistic and economic struggles to its brilliant reemergence in the form of contemporary circus . [editor summary]

Collection : Bibliothèque de l'École nationale de cirque

Localisation : Bibliothèque

Cote : 791.309 W1871o 2013

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