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How Ecole National de Cirque Keeps That Competative Edge

As one of the foremost circus institutions in the world, École national de cirque (ENC) is gifted with many resources, among them an auspicious location (at the center of Circus City, an essential part of a trio of three circus institutions TOHU, Cirque du Soleil and the school itself, each nourishing the other in the ultimate backscratch train). Other gifts include a comprehensive and experienced staff, ample government funding, a world class facility and an impressive resource library. Thus for 37 years, ENC has been able to unleash some of the most vigorous and versatile circus artists on the planet, to establish its own school culture and to contribute to the Quebec circus style and burgeoning circus culture. 
Éric Langlois Executive Director of ENC. Photo courtesy of Roland Lorente But in many ways, executive director Éric Langlois admits, ENC is somewhat isolated, based partially on geography (although the circus school and Circus City itself is balanced and complete it really has no other peer on the continent) but also based a bit on design. Keeping his school mission as his priority, Langlois doesn’t jump into collaborations willy nilly but rather thinks them through like a sovereign nation would, making sure that the perks outweigh the potential loss of advantages that ENC has worked so hard to attain over the years. Still, the charms of an elite institution may not hold the same weight in an era of burgeoning artistic expression–when ...
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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell has written about circus for CircusTalk.News, Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and was a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of CircusTalk.News, American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.