Projects

The six major research fields

  •  Technological innovation through the development of equipment, costumes, accessories, and scenery specific to circus disciplines
  •  Circus Arts teaching
  • The writing and dramaturgy of the Circus Arts
  •  Adaptation and application of new interactive and immersive technologies to the Circus Arts
  •  Health and safety in the practice of Circus Arts 
  •  History and aesthetics of the Circus Arts

   

  • Technological innovation through the development of equipment, costumes, accessories, and scenery specific to circus disciplinesOpen or Close

    Confidential industrial projects (applied research\transfer\training)

    • Duration: 2017-2022 (second cycle of the Research Chair)
    • Description: N\A
    • Partners: Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, Les 7 doigts de la main, Machine de cirque
    • Collaborators: N\A
    • Funders: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
    • Expected results: The development of singular and innovative circus numbers. Several projects already in progress 

    Confidential industrial projects (applied reaseach\transfer\training)

    • Duration: ongoing project 2012-2017
    • Description: N\A
    • Partners: Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, The 7 fingers
    • Collaborators: N\A
    • Funders: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
    • Expected results: Development of unique circus numbers, innovative and singular. Some exapmples: Russian bar with T2C and Dix2 | Russian cradle with École polytechnique de Montréal | Chair acrobatics with École polytechnique de Montréal | Ladder acrobatics with École polytechnique de Montréal | Ultimate wheel « Roue infinie » with Cirque du Soleil | « Équilibrio » with Cirque du Soleil | « Soufflerie » with Cirque du Soleil | Ski acrobatics and Russian swing with Cirque du Soleil | Guy-wired Russian swing with Cirque Éloize.
  • Adaptation and application of new interactive and immersive technologies to the circus artsOpen or Close

    Confidential industrial projects (applied research\transfer\training)

    • Duration: 2017-2017 (first cycle of the Research Chair)
    • Description: N\A
    • Partners: Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, Les 7 doigts de la main
    • Collaborator: OPTECH
    • Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
    • Results: The incorporation of new technologies developed in partnership to enhance or assist performance. Some examples: Development with 7DM of a mini HD camera that can be inserted into stage costumes | Optimization of a physiological data acquisition jacket with Carré technologie.

    Creation-Research workshop on interactive and immersive human interface technology

    • Duration: ogoing project 2012-2015
    • Description: Creation-Research workshop that explores the possible links between circus, dramaturgy and new technologies
    • Partners: The 7 fingers, Geodezik, Concordia University
    • Collaborators: Louis-Patrick Leroux
    • Funders: SSHRC Research Council Humanities
    • Expected results: A renewal in the circus dramaturgy that includes technological elements 
  • Health and safety in the practice of circus artsOpen or Close

    Validation of tools for measuring sleep quality

    • Since 2015
    • Description: This project aims to achieve a better understanding of the impact of sleep on circus artists’ performance
    • Partner: University of Manitoba
    • Co-Researchers: Dean Kriellaars, Adam Decker
    • Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
    • Results: Tools validated | PhD thesis to come in September 2018

    Development of a questionnaire measuring anxiety-related phenomena and their impact on circus artists

    • Since Duration: 2015
    • Description: This project aims at better understanding the impact of anxiety phenomena on circus artists’ performance
    • Partners: University of Manitoba, Université Laval
    • Co-Researchers: Dean Kriellaars, Sarah Travis, Richard Fleet
    • Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
    • Results: Functional questionnaire 

    Improved analysis of etiology and injury mechanisms in circus arts practice 

    • Since 2013
    • Description: This project aims to develop a method of analyzing the phenomenon
    • Partners: University of Manitoba, Université de Montréal, Université Laval
    • Co-Researchers: Raphaëlle Creniault, François Prince, Dean Kriellaars, Éric Deschênes, Richard Fleet
    • Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
    • Results: Master’s thesis

    Evaluation of dynamic loads on circus equipment and rigging

    • Duration: 2013-2015 (completed project)
    • Description: This project employs instruments applied to acrobatic equipment to assess the dynamic forces continuously generated by circus artists
    • Partners: École Polytechnique de Montréal
    • Contributors: Marion Cossin, Magali Marcheschi, Annie Ross
    • Funding: To come
    • Results: Research report available at the library of the School.

    Evaluation of physiological loads on artists during training and performance

    • Duration: Ongoing project, 2014-2015 
    • Description: This project seeks to evaluate the physiological load on artists during training and performance
    • Partners: Cirque du Soleil, Université de Montréal
    • Contributor: Dean Kriellaars
    • Funding: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
    • Results: Research report available at the library of the School | The development of a mechanism for evaluating mechanical loads on rigging equipment and apparatus | Optimization of a 3D body measurement system | Master's thesis: https://publications.polymtl.ca/2003/1/2015_MarionCossin.pdf 
  • Circus arts teachingOpen or Close

    Introduction of Circus Arts and its impact on Physical Literacy, Creativity and Resilience

    • Phase 2: 2015-2018
    • Description: This project of national scope will address the impacts of the instruction of circus arts in a school environment, at the elementary grade level.
    • Project Director: Patrice Aubertin
    • Partners: Cirque du Soleil, CLIPP, University of Manitoba, University of Alberta, Concordia University, Resilience Research Centre of Dalhousie University, Quebec Gymnastics Federation, Parkland School Division
    • Co-Researchers: Dean Kriellaars, Doug Klein, Patrick Leroux, Michael Ungar
    • Collaborators: Felicia Ochs, Stéphanie Taillon, David Simard, Guy Lavoie, Sergei Kimvi, Isabelle Tremblay
    • Funding: SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)
    • Expected Results : This project aims to elaborate a full cycle of action, knowledge development and mobilization | In addition to publications and a new portal to come, this project helped develop a tool for assessing physical literacy, resilience and creativity in social and academic circus contexts

    Today college, tomorrow the world: study on preparing college students for work abroad

    • Duration: 2016-2017
    • Description: This research has made it possible to explore and describe the means some college programs already have in place and those they could deploy to prepare students for potential work experiences abroad upon completion of their education
    • Partner: Collège Notre-Dame-de-Foy
    • Co-Researchers: Myriam Villeneuve, Anna-Karyna Barlati, Alexandre Jobin-Lawler and Mathieu Boutet-Lanouette
    • Funders: Educational Research and Experimentation Program. Budgetary measures administrated by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur and the Association des collèges privés du Québec (ACPQ)
    • Results: Presentation and production of a scientific notice at the 2017 AQPC Symposium (in French) | Publication of a research report in September 2017 (in French) | Presentation at the National Circus School on October 11, 2017 

    Optimizing circus training at the École nationale de cirque (National Circus School) of Montreal

    • Duration: ongoing project 2012-2015
    • Description: The university-college collaboration permits a richer study of the nuances of physical preparation, management, and circus-specific teaching methods in a high-level context
    • Partners: Department of Kinesiology, University of Montreal
    • Collaborators: Dean Kriellaars, Paloma Holmes
    • Funders: MELS (Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport)
    • Results: The development of training tools and methods for use in high-level circus performance contexts
       
    VIDEOS (French only)
    La science des acrobates, Découverte, Radio-Canada (2015)
    Une camisole techno pour améliorer l'entraînement des artistes de cirqueLe Code Chastenay, Télé-Québec (2014)
    La kinésiologie à l'École nationale de cirque, Université de Montréal (2013)


     

    The Impact of Circus Arts Instruction on the Physical Literacy of Children in Grades 4 and 5

    • Phase 1: 2013-2014 (completed)
    • Description: The goal of this study was to examine the impact of circus instruction on the Physical Literacy of students in 4th and 5th grade. 
    • Project Director: Patrice Aubertin
    • Partners: Cirque du Soleil Citizenship, University of Manitoba
    • Co-Researcher: Dean Kriellaars,
    • Funding: SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)
    • Results: Thesis, summary report, publications in research journals. The research paper is available at the Library of the School

    The development of specialized resources in English for circus arts teaching in a digital learning environment 

    • Duration: completed project - July 2012 to June 2013
    • Description: To come
    • Partners: N\A
    • Collaborators: N\A
    • Funders: Canada-Québec agreement for Minority-Language Education and Second-Languages Instruction, MELS (Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sport)
    • Results: English webinar training program on circus arts pedagogy

    The introduction of the decision in higher education training in circus arts and its effects on teaching strategies

    • Duration: completed project - 2012
    • Description: Research on the effects of the introduction of a new pedagological approach in circus arts teaching
    • Partners: Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
    • Collaborators: John Burtt, Sylvain Lafortune
    • Funders: The program in research and pedagological experimentation of the Association of Private Colleges in Quebec
    • Results: Research report in spring 2013
  • The writing and dramaturgy of the circus artsOpen or Close

    Dramaturgy of the body, the object and interdisciplinarity in contemporary Quebec circus

    • Duration : 2015-2018
    • Description : Research-creation aimed to capture modes and scenic writing strategies in the field of circus arts, and understanding of its rating, modeling and transmission. 
    • Partners : Concordia University
    • Funders : FQRSC (Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture)
    • Expected results : conference and publications | The development of a conceptual framework for circus arts dramaturgy | Improvement of procedures for the evaluation and analysis of artistic circus performance
  • History and aesthetics of the circus artsOpen or Close

    Development of tools for cultural mediation concerning circus arts history

    • Duration: April to December 2018
    • Description: Produce educational materials on the history of circus arts for upper primary and lower secondary school grades to promote the knowledge and practice of circus arts in Canada
    • Partner: Université de Montréal – Département d’histoire 
    • Project Director: Anna-Karyna Barlati
    • Student team from the Department of History - 2nd cycle: Célia Destemberg
    • Expected Results: Bibliographic identification | Writing of teaching material for the upper primary school levels | Writing of teaching material for lower secondary school levels

    Realization of a short video: “Léon DuPerré, une vie d’artiste”

    • Duration: September to December 2017
    • Description: Production of a short biographical video highlighting the living memory of  circus artist Léon DuPerré, who made a mark on the history of circus arts in early 20th century  Quebec
    • Partner: Université de Montréal – Département d’histoire 
    • Project Director: Anna-Karyna Barlati
    • Student team from the Department of History - 2nd cycle:  Annie-Clara Gravelet Célia Destemberg
    • Result: Bibliographic and archival identification | Production of a short video with interview and digitizing of archives | Writing of a biographical presentation

    Research on the history of the Famille Leroux (Leroux Family)

    • Duration: January to April 2017
    • Description: Implementation of archival research and writing of a biographical presentation to increase awareness of the legacy of the Famille Leroux (Alphonse, Wilbrod, Charles, Ferdinand and Anthime Leroux), circus artists who made a mark on circus arts history at the end of the 19th century in Quebec
    • Partner : Université de Montréal – Département d’histoire 
    • Project Director: Anna-Karyna Barlati
    • Student from the Department of History - 2nd cycle: Annie-Clara Gravel
    • Results: Bibliographic identification | Digitizing private archives | Writing a biographical presentation on the Famille Leroux

     


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