Circus Voices at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018: A Platform for Cultivating Future Circus Critics - CircusTalk

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Circus Voices at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018: A Platform for Cultivating Future Circus Critics

It had been a long-standing desire of mine to attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, either as a performer or as a spectator, but the opportunity never presented itself until this summer. Katharine Kavanagh of the Circus Diaries put a call out for circus practitioners who might be interested in participating in a circus criticā€™s residency based at the festivalĀ called Circus Voices. I applied and was one of five granted a spot in this rare opportunity.
ot in this rare opportunity. One of the most impressive aspects of the festival is its scope; it is immense. It holds the title of the largest arts festival in the world. Every August Scotlandā€™s capital embraces performers, programmers, critics, and spectators from around the globe for an explosion of creative energy and performances. The wonderful world of the Fringe encompasses a range of performances from across the performing genres – theatre, comedy, dance, cabaret, variety, physical theatre, music, spoken word, and of course circus. Of these categories, comedy by far carries the most weight in the programmation. This notorious festival that prides itself on ā€œdefying the normā€ takes place annually for roughly three weeks in the month of August for a complete citywide takeover. Last year (2017), it celebrated 70 years of existence with 53,232 performances from 3,398 shows in 300 venues. ...
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Dana Dugan

Los Angeles native, Dana Dugan is an artist, acrobat, performer, pedagogue, academic, and mother based in Montreal. She was a founding member, programmer, and producer for the Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival. She is currently pursuing a Masterā€™s Degree at Concordia University under scholarship researching the circus body.