The Element of Language of French Contemporary Circus Artists

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The Element of Language of French Contemporary Circus Artists

In times of climate catastrophe, refugee crises and Covid-19, the question of the responsibility that artists and scholars have is becoming increasingly urgent. What is the role of circus within society? How far does this form of art and entertainment correlate with historical and contemporary social interests? How does circus research position itself as a relevant field of research within academia in the 21st century? Those questions will be explored within the series Adventures in Circus Research–Facing a New Decade, curated by academic Dr. Franziska Trapp. By featuring circus researchers, we give them the space to explain the nature and significance of their research directly to the circus community and to highlight the practical impact of their research on the circus world and its relevance for society.
In the fifth article of the series, Léa de Truchis, Ph.D. at the University of Montpellier, provides insights into her research in which she analyses the self-presentation of circus artists in “feuilles de salle” (printed papers distributed before the shows with the main information), program booklets and production files she collected during her travels to French festivals. While analyzing the vocabulary used in these texts, Léa de Truchis discloses a softened circus discourse that is less interested in the representation of the superiority of mankind but rather concerned with the presentation of humanity. The idea of doing a Ph.D. about circus came up after hours of discussion with my sister. We were talking about shows we saw. Thereby, she was using her own vocabulary–the vocabulary of a  circus artist–and I was using mine–the expression...
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Lea de Truchis

Léa de Truchis is a PhD researcher in performing arts, questioning specificities and identities of French contemporary circus. She does her research by travelling around France from festival to festival, as a volunteer or as an intern (with La Brèche in Cherbourg, La Verrerie d'Alès, and Occitanie fait son cirque in Avignon, but also with the company Akoreacro), to meet circus artists. At the same time, she teaches circus history and performance analysis at the University Toulouse Jean Jaurès and the University Paul Valéry Montpellier 3. Short bio Léa de Truchis est une doctorante en arts du spectacle questionnant le cirque actuel sous le prisme de la notion de dramaturgie. Elle fait ses recherches en parcourant la France de festival en festival, en tant que bénévole ou en tant que stagiaire (avec La Brèche à Cherbourg, La Verrerie d’Alès et Occitanie fait son cirque en Avignon, mais aussi avec la compagnie Akoreacro), pour aller à la rencontre des artistes de cirque. En parallèle, elle donne des cours d’histoire du cirque et d’analyse de spectacles à l’université Toulouse Jean Jaurès et à l’université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3.