Tune up the learning process this fall and equip yourself with a fresh book list for all things contemporary circus! From juggling to tight-wire walking, we’ve got you covered so that your back-to-school adventure is full of new skills and knowledge.
Learning about the history of the circus is an essential part of becoming a more well-rounded, creative performer. By studying up on this fantastic art form’s past and its notable participants, we open ourselves to new ways of expressing our artistic abilities! As Thom Wall puts it in his Circus Talk article, understanding the roots that helped shape today’s modern performance styles can help us become even better performers. Knowing how different tricks have been done before will undoubtedly make us stand out from other artists by giving us unique perspectives – after all, knowledge truly is power within any higher education in fine arts.
Have you ever felt like there are expectations about what a circus should be? Well, guess again! Circus artists today have created works that were unimaginable just 3 decades ago – from amazing advances in technology to groundbreaking new ideas. Thanks to a recent book called Thinking Through Circus and its editors’ decision not to limit themselves by defining what is or isn’t considered “circus”, we’re able to step outside of any existing boxes and create something entirely unique every time.
By reading up on circus practices around the world, we can open our eyes to new ways of creating and performing. We may find things that surprise us – methods of training or performance styles that fly in the face of what we think is “circus”. By learning more about different interpretations out there, it’s possible for us to become empowered creators with fresh ideas!
Thinking Through Circus editors stress that academic theory isn’t just for the books! Camilla Damkjaer’s book Homemade Academic Circus argues that our physical experience also informs theoretical ways of thinking, and she even goes as far to document how aerial rope practice can help her make sense of it all. Weaving together knowledge from both worlds has never looked so extraordinary.
Circus isn’t just an art form – it’s also a mindset! As circu-philes, we can both research and experience this unique field of study. Circus artists can take their theoretical questions to the stage while scholars get creative with the act itself! There’s always something new waiting to be discovered within the circus – let’s explore together!
Dive deep into the texts on this reading list and unlock a world of exciting possibilities! Explore how your circus practice can help you understand theoretical ideas, come up with new forms of circus performance, and deepen your physical relationship to the medium.
Get to know the fascinating people behind today’s captivating circuses! Contemporary Circus is an insightful collection of interviews with contemporary circus creators. More than just entertainment, this book dives deeper into their creative art form and works to break away from traditional biases towards race, gender, ability, and more. It presents a fresh approach by giving each artist’s voice a platform in academic discourse on modern-day circuses – so if you’re looking for an engaging introduction to the various ways scholars are thinking about these incredible performances; pick up your copy now!
In exploring the world of the circus, I discovered some truly fascinating theories about apparatus. Adrien Mondot sees it as a ‘structure of play with forces’, while Johann Le Guillerm views it more like an extension or prosthesis to help humans grow – two wildly different perspectives! It’s amazing how understanding changes based on each individual’s approach and practice in this realm.
If you work in the circus, then this book is essential reading. It provides thought-provoking insights into some of the key areas like politics, performers, and new works which emerge directly from artists’ approaches to their craft – all designed to help your own practice develop further!
Feeling like you need to explore something different? Get ready for a journey of discovery with Performance Matters Vol. 4 No. 1-2 (2018): “Circus and Its Others,” edited by Karen Fricker and Hayley Malouin! Coming from the Circus & its Others Conference in 2016 which asked “In what ways is circus always already different, and about the difference?”, it’s an investigation into how circuses can be experientially varied between cultures outside our own – allowing us all to expand on the knowledge that we may not have considered previously.
This fascinating text explores the ever-evolving landscape of contemporary circus research and speculation. Through a variety of topics ranging from the social circus and queer theory to horse choreography in Cavalia’s Odysseo show, readers can gain an insightful glimpse into this captivating industry! For example, Ante Ursić introduces thought-provoking questions regarding how modern circuses stage bodies as obedient yet disciplined individuals – one that is sure to spark interesting debates between scholars and more casual fans alike!
Our modern circus, for all its progress and reform, still has plenty of room to grow. With this thought-provoking collection of essays from recognized experts in the field, we have an opportunity to reflect on how our work upholds Western Man’s “dominant prevailing discourse.” Let’s challenge ourselves as artists and scholars alike by exploring these thoughtful ideas.
Are you interested in expanding the way that juggling is seen and understood? Check out ‘Functional Juggling’ by Craig Quat! This book explores how his organization, Quat Props, seeks to make juggling more accessible with its open-source platforms. Beyond physical throwing and catching abilities of juggle technique, this text dives into “the manner in which we are affected by the experience itself” (9) – showing a whole other side to it all! Plus – head over to the website for free download access.
Have you ever thought about what it takes to be a juggler? This article dives into the world of juggling from their perspective, beyond performing and audience engagement. Introducing circus arts as an experiential activity can bring different techniques that could help develop contemporary circus practices in more sustainable and innovative ways. Quat invites everyone who’s interested in taking part: challenge yourself–redefine how juggling should be done!