Father of the modern circus 'Billy Buttons' : the life & times of Philip Astley


Auteurs : Ward, Steve (Auteur)

Lieu de publication : Barnsley, Angleterre

Éditeur : Pen and Sword History

Date de publication : 2018

ISBN : 9781526706874

Langue : Anglais

Description : 128 p. ; 24 cm

Notes : Bibliogr. : p. 122-124. Index.

Sujets :
Astley, Philip [écuyer, propriétaire de cirque]
Astley's Amphitheatre [bâtiment de cirque]
Histoire des arts du cirque - Angleterre
Histoire des arts du cirque - France
Artistes de cirque - Angleterre - Biographies
Histoire des arts du cirque - 18e siècle
Histoire des arts du cirque - Europe
Histoire de l'acrobatie équestre
Decastro, John

Résumé :
The world of the circus has a long and colourful history, but it was with a man named Philip Astley that the 'modern' circus was founded. It was 250 years ago, in April 1768, that Astley pegged out a circular ride on the banks of the Thames and gave performances of trick riding to a paying audeince. Trick riding was nothing new, so what made Astley so popular? He was an accomplished horseman, a military hero and an instincitve showman. Above all, he was an entrepreneur who realized that people would pay good money to be entertained--and to be entertained well. He created the comic character of Billy Buttons, and other acts were added to his performances: clowns, rope dancers, tumblers, and strongmen. The circus, as we might recognize it today, was born. _Father of the Modern Circus-- 'Billy Buttons'_ investigates the life and times of this veritable giant of the circus world. From his early days as an apprentice cabinetmaker and his military exploits in the 15th Dragoons to the trials and tribulations of establishing himself as a respected performer and his international successes in France and Ireland, this book gives a detailed account of the larger than life figure that was Philip Astley. [editor summary]

Collection : Bibliothèque de l'École nationale de cirque

Localisation : Bibliothèque

Cote : 791.309 2 A855f 2018

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