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Peril or possibility ? : the performance of risk in aerial circus art and acrobatic theatre

Auteurs : Meyer, Amy (Auteur) ; Montez, Noe (Directeur de thèse)

Lieu de publication : Medford (MA)

Éditeur : Tufts University

Date de publication : 2014

Langue : Anglais

Description : 151 p. ; 28 cm.

Notes : Bibliogr. : p. 137-146. Glossaire

Sujets :
Acrobatie aérienne - Philosophie et théorie
Arts du cirque - Prise de risque
Risque - Aspect sociologique
Histoire des arts du cirque
Représentation du risque chez le spectateur

Dépouillement du document :
1- Physical Risk in Performance: Theory and History
One: Risk-Taking as a Performative Act
Risk-Taking in the American Circus : the Development and Reception of Dangerous Aerial Performance

2- Risk in Contemporary Circus Performance

3- Physical Risk in the Theatre

Résumé :
Acrobatic acts have attracted audiences for centuries. Despite a history of injury and death, performers remain driven to push physical boundaries and audiences remain eager to witness risky feats. This thesis introduces the concept of risk as a performative construct, and draws on reception theory to consider the
use of physical risk in performance. It follows the development of aerialism in the circus from nineteenth-century England to twentieth-century America, and examines the ways in which a growing investment with risk management has shaped contemporary circus acts. It interrogates the perception of risk, and the
limits of its appeal. It then explores how acrobatics have been used in the theatre as a mode of dramatic expression. Ultimately, it argues that physical risk-taking in performance holds the potential to deeply connect performers and spectators in a shared sensation of success, evoking a communal sense of possibility in the face of perceived limitation. [author summary]

Collection : Bibliothèque de l'École nationale de cirque

Localisation : Bibliothèque

Cote : 791.340 1 M6121p 2014

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