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Treating the trick : choreographic mechanics of contemporary circus

Auteurs : Butcher, Emily (Auteur)

Lieu de publication : Middletown, Connecticut

Éditeur : Wesleyan University

Date de publication : April 2017

Université : Wesleyan University

Programme d'étude : Arts

Cycle d'étude : Baccalauréat

Langue : Anglais

Description : 141 p. ; 28 cm.

Notes : Bibliogr. : p. 132-141

Sujets :
Cirque
Danse
Chorégraphie
Cirque contemporain

Dépouillement du document :
I- THE ROOTS OF WESTERN CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS

Ancient Practices
Fairs, Festivals, and Astley’s Modern Circus
A History of Exploitation
Resistance and Decline
The Sideshow Today

II- CIRCUS REBORN

The New Circus, And Its Off-Shoots
Cirque Du Soleil: An Even Newer Circus
What Does Contemporary Circus Look Like?
A Reactive Form

III- MAKING CIRCUS SPEAK

Is It Circus?
Which Circus is “The Circus?”
An Ancient Practice in Post-Modern Form
The Trick Vocabulary
Trouble in Perception
Social Circus: Speaking For Good

IV- CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS IN PRACTICE

Definition in Approach
Practical Methods
Ticky Tacky: A Study in Medium
Pushmepleasure: Interrogating Sensuality

Résumé :
This thesis locates contemporary circus as a newly developing expressive form, one using similar choreographic and research practices to those of post-modern dance. I attempt to establish an understanding of contemporary circus as a form with specificity of technique, which possesses unavoidable cultural and historical baggage. In my first chapter, I describe the evolution of western circus performance, beginning with ancient accounts of circus performers, following the form through the Middle Ages and into the modern era. I take an in-depth look at the characteristics of traditional American circuses, and the ethical quandaries thereof. In my second chapter, I address the transition from traditional circus to cirque nouveau to the still growing field of contemporary circus. I examine Cirque du Soleil as a key figure in current perceptions of circus performance, and distinguish traditional, cirque, and contemporary styles of circus performance. I look at early instances of dramaturgy and storytelling in circus in order to better understand the creative mechanics of today’s contemporary circus. In my third chapter, I concentrate on the particular challenges of contemporary circus, from artistic and practical perspectives, and look to the methods some circus artists are implementing to navigate these challenges. In my final chapter, I present my own original choreographic works as experiments studying contemporary circus in practice. This research seeks to communicate to audiences, readers, and dancers a dynamic approach to circus-making and performance which follows from an education in dance-making. [author summary]

Collection : Bibliothèque de l'École nationale de cirque

Localisation : Bibliothèque

Cote : 791.307 117 462 B9832t 2017

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