Questions for Circus Research: Exploration of Contemporary Circus in Quebec and Beyond with Louis Patrick Leroux - CircusTalk

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Questions for Circus Research: Exploration of Contemporary Circus in Quebec and Beyond with Louis Patrick Leroux

For our second article in the Adventures in Circus Research series, we hear from Dr. Louis Patrick Leroux, a pioneer of circus research in Quebec. His extensive experience as a playwright and director led him to an interest in circus when he noticed that certain renowned theatre directors (e.g. Robert Lepage,KA, Dominique Champagne,Vareikai,LoveandZumanity, René-Richard Cyr,Zumanity) were creating work with Cirque du Soleil. By founding the Montreal Working Group on Circus Research in 2010, Leroux has provided a forum within which academics, practitioners, students, and audiences can meet and share research about, and experiences of, the contemporary circus. Many publications on circus arts have come from the Working Group events, include a book on Quebec circus co-edited by Leroux and Charles Batson.
Leroux’s own research on circus arts has centered around the conditions of performance within contemporary circus, ranging from the physical experience of the performers, to the audience experience, to the creative approach taken by coaches, directors and dramaturgs. As an advocate of practice-as-research, an academic research method that prioriti...
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Patrick Leroux

Dr. Louis Patrick Leroux is a Professor and Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia University, Montreal. He is the Director of the Montreal Working Group on Circus Research and Associate Researcher at the National Circus School. In 2017, he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Recent titles: Contemporary Circus, with Katie Lavers and Jon Burtt (Routledge, 2019), Cirque Global: Québec’s Expanding Circus Boundaries, with Charles Batson (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2016);Le jeu des positions. Discours du théâtre québécois, with Hervé Guay (Nota Bene, 2014). For the past three years, he has taught an intensive international graduate seminar on contemporary circus at Concordia University.