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The Aesthetics of Contemporary Circus


Already presented: CAPACOA @ CINARS, Montreal, 2016
Attendance: 28


Brief description

Presentation on the evolution of circus arts followed by discussion on touring and presenting circus

Detailed description

Since its creation in the 18th century in England, circus has considerably evolved to become a very sophisticated art form. From classic to new and contemporary, circus arts have forged a rich history by embracing moments that other performing art forms have experienced, but also by welcoming a wide range of artistic expressions – contemporary dance, post-dramatic theater, new media or visual arts. From the emergence of “nouveau cirque” in the late 60s and early 70s to the birth of contemporary circus in the mid-90s, circus artists have created many aesthetic movements, following and reinterpreting concepts from other art forms and thus creating their own.

In this session, the panel discussion will focus on the diversity of today’s circus and share their views on audiences’ response, on producing and marketing new work, as well as on touring opportunities that exist and could be developed across Canada.


  • Yohann Floch, FACE-Fresh Arts Coalition Europe
  • Lee Bolton, Imperial Theatre
  • Nadia Drouin, Nadia Drouin
  • Nassib El-Husseini, Les 7 doigts de la main
This session was presented as part of CAPACOA @ CINARS, on November 15, 2016.

Target audience

Presenters and anyone curious about circus arts

Form of delivery

Presentation and panel discussion

Length of program

3 hours


Presentation on the history and aesthetics of contemporary circus, by Yohann Floch

Resource published by

Frédéric Julien / CAPACOA
200-17, York
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 9J6 / Canada

613 562-3515

Ce projet est rendu possible grâce à Patrimoine canadien et au Secrétaire aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes du Québec

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