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18:00 - 19:30 14 November 2016

Cirque du Soleil – and beyond: Quebec’s expanding circus worlds


Seminar Room 105 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

With its billion-dollar annual revenue stream, its international touring shows and its striking cultural presence in such destination-cities as Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil has greatly contributed to the image of Quebec as a world-renowned capital of the circus arts. Tonight’s talk offers an exploration of this brightly shining figure by anchoring it in historical and cultural specificities that helped shape the development of Quebec’s highly influential cirque nouveau. The presentation then examines ways in which we can see that this Cirque is not just Cirque du Soleil, as Quebec’s circus worlds find significant expansion beyond any one enterprise, beyond any one particular aesthetics, and beyond provincial and national borders.


Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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