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Soundtracking Circus Creations: A Checklist and a Case Study

From July 3rd  to 13th 2018, over twenty  thinker-doers  from a dozen countries, all practitioners and scholars of contemporary circus and/or other performing arts, converged onto Montréal during the Montréal Complètement cirque festival to participate in Concordia University’s intensive summer graduate seminar taught by Prof. Louis Patrick Leroux and titled “Experiential learning in Contemporary Circus Practice: Methods in research-creation, action-research and participant observation.” For two weeks, they attended lectures and seminars in the mornings, then in the afternoon, had studio time to work on their presentations or to attend participant-observation sessions as part of a larger research project, and of course, they attended performances in the evening.
In addition to their brief research-creation presentations, the students each produced two to three blogs during this period. We are offering a selection of those blogs. Some are candid, heartfelt, others analytical, some are critical takes, others are musings on students’research. They give a snapshot of what was on people’s minds during the summer intensive.Prof. Leroux and his teaching assistant, Alisan Funk, have also contributed original material to complement the students’ blogs. Check back every Friday until the New Year for an updated article from one of the participants! Are you a musician who would like to compose for a contemporary circus creation? Are you a contemporary circus artist or director who would like to work with live music? Are you a bit hesitant to reach out to that other person because you are not sure whether the world...
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Loes van Schaijk

Loes van Schaijk worked as a music teacher at Codarts Circus Arts in Rotterdam, the Netherlands from 2011-2018 and conducted a 2-year study on the topic of music in contemporary circus. She presented her research findings at circus conferences in Australia and Prague. She is a musician in the bluegrass/folk group Red Herring and is currently based in Prague.