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Wake Up Call for Inclusion–Queering the Circus: Exploring LBGTQIA+ Circus Realities & Possibilities

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 wears a white sweater and a blue scarf, smiling at the camera
Charles Batson (he/him) — Researcher, Author, Professor, Co-convener of the project Circus & Its Others, NY, USA
Panelists

Read more about the Circus and Changing Realities 2020 Panel Series.

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Charles Batson
Circus Academic, Professor -United States
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.

Charles Batson

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.