Initiated by En Piste, Circus Stories, Le cirque vu par… offered to 10 cultural journalists from Canada and the northeastern United States a residency program on contemporary circus during the MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE 2015. The aim of this North American premiere, supported by the Arts Council of Canada and the Arts Council of Montreal, was to develop critical discourses regarding circus arts, to encourage the circulation of knowledge and to foster the role of media within circus arts.
En Piste, the Circus Arts National Network, gathers professionals and organizations from the Canadian circus arts sector and works towards establishing favourable conditions for the development of circus arts in Canada. En Piste networks with numerous partners for the purpose of supporting performers, new projects, training organizations, show producers and presenters.
From July 2nd to July 5th, 8 journalists from Canada – Calgary, Moncton, Montréal, Québec, Toronto, Victoria – and 2 from the United States – Chicago – contributed to a series of thematic debates with a moderator. They also met with different experts from the circus world as well as creators and performers of the shows they attended as part of the sixth MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE festival.
The activity, run by Yohann Floch, is inspired by a European program, Unpack the arts2, gave the participants a unique experience. Sensitized to issues of contemporary circus and made aware of the extent of the artistic landscape, the participants have deepened their reflection on the dramaturgy of the circus and new trends in the field. In this publication, they share their observations and their thoughts about the many faces of the contemporary circus arts.
Link to En Piste to read articles by
Kim Campbell, Crystal Chan, Maxime D.-Pomerleau, Josianne Desloges,
Rebecca Galloway, Roy Gomez Cruz, Stephen Hunt,
Janie Mallet, Robin J. Miller, Kathleen Smith.