This panel is part of CircusTalk’s Wake Up Call for Inclusion series. In this panel discussion about LGBTQIA’s presence in the worldwide circus sector, we explore questions as they relate to queer realities, hopes, experiences, and creations. Among the questions our international group of queer artists examine: What are the examples we have of queer circus? What strengths do LGBTQIA+ persons bring to the field and to the practice? What does it mean to be an ally? What can we say about the presence, absence, and/or representation of trans and queer persons in the circus family and in the stories we tell with circus as a medium? What can we say about the presence, absence, and/or representation of BIPOC artists in the queer circus world? And, even: What is the future of queer circus?
Moderator Charles Batson (he/him) — Researcher, Author, Professor, Co-convener of the project Circus & Its Others, NY, USA Panelists ...
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Circus academic! Co-convener of the Circus and Its Others research project and involved with the Montreal Working Group on Circus Research. Co-edited, with Louis Patrick Leroux, Cirque Global: Quebec's Expanding Circus Boundaries (McGill-Queens Univ Press, 2016). Research also involves queer, dance, and performance studies.