With a billion-dollar industry centred in Montreal, the province of Quebec has established itself as a major hub for contemporary circus. Cirque du Soleil has a global presence, and troupes such as Cirque Éloize and 7 doigts de la main are state-of-the-art innovators. The National Circus School of Montreal - the only state-funded elite training facility in North America - is an influential leader in artistry and technique. Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil's Cirque du Monde supports arts for social change on many continents and is renowned for its social-circus training and research. Cirque Global is the first book-length study of this new variety of circus and its international impact. The contributors offer critical perspectives on this rapidly developing art form and its aesthetics, ethics, business practices, pedagogical implications, and discursive significations. Essays explore creative, entrepreneurial, and cultural forces that are shaping Quebec's dynamic nouveau cirque. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from circus performances, the volume showcases Quebec circus's hybrid forms, which have merged the ethos and aesthetics of European circuses with American commercial and industrial creativity. Cirque Global is the definitive study of the phenomenon of Quebec circus and is an important model for future research on contemporary circus.
Louis Patrick Leroux is associate professor of English and French studies at Concordia University and director of the Montreal Working Group of Circus Research. Charles R. Batson is associate professor of French and francophone studies at Union College.
?Cirque Global is a precious, unique, and compelling study on the cultural significance and socio-economic dimensions of Cirque du Soleil and contemporary circus arts in the province of Quebec and beyond.? Paul Bouissac, University of Toronto
"Taken together, these essays provide a comprehensive exploration of the unique circumstances in Francophone Quebec that led to a flourishing circus culture. Essential. All readers." CHOICE
?Cirque Global succeeds in its balancing act of providing a useful volume for newcomers to the cirque as well as those whose research already takes place under the grand chapiteau. A wide-ranging tour-de-force.? The French Review
?Until recently, research on circus was sparse and mostly conducted at a distance from the ring. However, the latest research, as this book demonstrates, draws on disciplines across the arts and social sciences to consider Quebec circus as a historical, s