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Suspending Conventions : how ‘disabled aerialists’ are challenging aesthetic and methodological practices in 21st Century aerial(ism)

Auteurs : Carter, Katrina (Auteur)

Éditeur : Royal Holloway University London

Date de publication : 2014

Université : Royal Holloway University London

Programme d'étude : .

Cycle d'étude : Doctorat

Langue : Anglais

Description : 271 p. : ill. n & b ; 28 cm.

Notes : Bibliogr. : p. 225-264.

Sujets :
Acrobatie aérienne - Philosophie et théorie
Artistes de cirque handicapés

Dépouillement du document :
Introduction
Conventions of Suspension: on Remembering and Forgetting
Conjoined Histories of the ‘Disabled Aerialist’
Disability: Language and Theory
The Social Circus: Appropriate Participation
Research Methodologies

1: The Physical Fundamentals of Aerial
Aerial Lineage in the UK
Canonical Equipment and Movement Vocabularies
Exploring the ‘Kinetic Museum’

2: The Conventional Aerial Aesthetics
Muscular Athleticism
The Myth of Defying Gravity
The Reality of Risk
The Superhumans or Social Misfits
Pain-free Performances of Control
Reactions to Aerial

3: Re-Situating the ‘Disabled Aerialist’
Permission to Look
Disability Arts & Culture
The Circus of Isolation
Heterogeneous ‘Disabled Aerialists’
Chapter 4: Hang-Ups! or Here’s to the No-Can-Dos
Hang-ups! The Movie
Here’s to the Aerial No-Can-Dos
The Minimisation of Movement
The Professional Assistant
Participation and/or Excellence
Performance Texts
Risky Performance

5: The Paralympic Ceremonies
The Paralympic Movement
The Paralympic Aerial Training Programme
Enlightenment and the ‘Aesthetics of Access’
The Paralympic Closing Ceremony (PCC)

Conclusions

Résumé :
Aerial(ism) is the art of suspended movement, generated by aerialists working with equipment such as trapezes, ropes and harnesses. It is frequently but not exclusively associated with the circus and throughout its history has been dominated by non-disabled performers. Increasing numbers of disabled artists are however, now engaging with aerial.
This thesis therefore examines how ‘disabled aerialists’ are challenging aesthetic and methodological aerial practices in the twenty-first century.

As a professional aerialist working extensively with disabled performers, the research draws on my practice and direct correspondence with other disabled and non-disabled practitioners. It features two case studies in which I was aerial choreographer and trainer : Hang-ups!, a short film featuring Sophie Partridge who performs in a fabric cocoon and the Paralympic Opening Ceremony of London 2012 which included more than twenty ‘disabled aerialists’ using diverse aerial equipment. Historical and cultural perspectives of aerial are drawn from the few academic experts in the field, notably Paul Bouissac, Steve Gossard and Peta Tait; disability perspectives are guided by a wealth of theorists including Erving Goffman, P. David Howe, Tom Shakespeare and Rosemarie Garland Thomson.

The research shows how aerial has been connected to disability and/or impairment throughout its history. It provides evidence that ‘disabled aerialists’ existed in the past but have been forgotten, despite at least one unipedal aerialist contributing significantly to what Tait calls the ‘living history’ of the form. It demonstrates how twenty-first century ‘disabled aerialists’ offer significant opportunities to alter the form’s increasing aesthetic of conformity, but that challenges continue to exist in both how this can be done, and how the work might be understood. [author summary]

Collection : Bibliothèque de l'École nationale de cirque

Localisation : Bibliothèque

Cote : 791.340 87 C3231s 2014

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