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 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
  • Circus arts teachingOpen or Close

    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: To be confirmed
    • Funders: MELS (Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport)
    • Expected 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 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: N\A
    • Funders: The program in research and pedagological experimentation of the Association of Private Colleges in Quebec
    • Expected results: Research report in spring 2013


    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)
    • Expected results: English webinar training program on circus arts pedagogy


    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.
       

    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.
  • 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
  • Adaptation and application of new interactive and immersive technologies to the circus artsOpen or Close

    Creation-Research workshop on interactive and immersive human interface technology

    • Duration: ogoing project 2012-2014
    • Description: Creation-Research workshop that explores the possible links between circus, dramaturgy and new technologies
    • Partners: The 7 fingers, Geodezik
    • 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

    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
    • Expected 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: To come
    • Expected Results: Research report
  • History and aesthetics of the circus artsOpen or Close

    Future projects.