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|Personne nommée :||Duncan Wall; Duncan Wall|
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|ISBN :||9780307271723 0307271722 9780307472267 0307472264|
|Numéro OCLC :||795758102|
|Notes :||Includes index.|
|Description :||322 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.|
|Contenu :||Circophiles --
State of the art --
Art school --
An American juggler in Paris --
Juggling clubs --
King of the Juggle --
Father of the circus --
Physical theater --
What grace, what hardiness --
Opera for the eye --
Clown equals funny --
A regal past --
The inner clown --
Circus City --
Popular art --
Cirque de Demain.
|Responsabilité :||Duncan Wall.|
Describes the author's novice plunge into the abstract and intensely competitive world of the contemporary circus while tracing the history of circus performance and the current Cirque du Soleil-fueled renewal of circus popularity.
"The extraordinary story of a young man's plunge into the unique and wonderful world of the circus--taking readers deep into circus history and its renaissance as a contemporary art form, and behind the (tented) walls of France's most prestigious circus school. When Duncan Wall visited his first nouveau cirque as a college student in Paris, everything about it--the monochromatic costumes, the acrobat singing Simon and Garfunkel, the juggler reciting Proust--was captivating. Soon he was waiting outside stage doors, eagerly chatting with the stars, and attending circuses two or three nights a week. So great was his enthusiasm that a year later he applied on a whim to the training program at the École Nationale des Arts du Cirque--and was, to his surprise, accepted. Sometimes scary and often funny, The Ordinary Acrobat follows the (occasionally literal) collision of one American novice and a host of gifted international students in a rigorous regimen of tumbling, trapeze, juggling, and clowning. Along the way, Wall introduces readers to all the ambition, beauty, and thrills of the circus's long history: from hardscrabble beginnings to Gilded Age treasures, and from twentieth-century artistic and economic struggles to its brilliant reemergence in the form of contemporary circus (most prominently through Cirque du Soleil). Readers meet figures past--the father of the circus, Philip Astley; the larger-than-life P. T. Barnum--and present, as Wall seeks lessons from innovative masters including juggler Jerome Thomas and clown Andre Riot-Sarcey. As Wall learns, not everyone is destined to run away with the circus--but the institution fascinates just the same." -- Book jacket.