En Piste, the National Circus Alliance of Canada, released the results of their survey on the the impacts of COVID-19. The first headline of the report sends warning signs already, reading “Very bleak prospects if new stimulus measures are not put in place in the short term.” The report surely confirms the alarming picture that we have all been experiencing about the immediate needs of the circus and performing arts industries. We publish here En Piste’s highlights, but you can access the detailed results via their website. The Canadian survey, totaling 381 respondents, was conducted by En Piste in collaboration with Simon Bastien and took place from November 23 to December 7, 2020.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the cessation of almost all professional activities has had dramatic effects in the circus arts sector despite its strong roots, resilience and the hope of a return to the stage. The results of the second survey on the impacts of COVID-19 on the community are both striking and alarming, and will become even more so if the prospect of resuming professional activities does not emerge in the short term. In fact, it reveals a steady deterioration in the situation for both professionals and organizations, despite the resumption of certain activities and access to government measures and assistance. These results show that, unfortunately, the measures and assistance granted are not sufficient to support the high challenges faced by artists and companies, for whom maintaining a high level of performance and excellence is essential for a return to the stage. Amongst individuals Circus arts revenues have dropped 65% in 2020 c...
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