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Fields of research in circus arts

  • Technical innovations
  • Interactive and immersive technologies
  • Health and security
  • Pedagogy
  • Writing and dramaturgy
  • History and aesthetics 

The list of projects will be updated soon

Technical innovations

Confidential industrial projectsapplied research, transfer and training 

  • Duration: 2017-2022 (second cycle of the research chair)    
  • Description: N/A    
  • Partners: Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, The 7 Fingers, Machine de Cirque    
  • Collaborators: N/A    
  • Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) 
  • Expected results: design of unique and innovative circus acts (several projects in progress).

Interactive and immersive technologies

Confidential industrial projects — applied research, transfer and training 

  •     Duration: 2012-2017 (first cycle of the research chair) 
  •     Description: N/A 
  •     Partners: Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, The 7 Fingers 
  •     Collaborators: OPTECH 
  •     Funder: SSHRC 
  •     Results: use of new technologies to improve performance in partnership: 
  •     Development of a mini HD camera that can be inserted into stage costumes with the 7 Fingers; 
  •     Optimization of a physiological data acquisition jacket with Carré technologie. 

Health and security

Validation of sleep quality measurement tools

  • Duration: Since 2015 (ongoing project)
  • Description: project aimed at a better understanding of the impacts of sleep on the performance of circus artists.
  • Partners: University of Manitoba
  • Collaborators/researchers: Dean Kriellaars, Adam Decker
  • Funder: SSHRC
  • Results: submission of a doctoral thesis in September 2018.

 

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

  • Duration: Since 2015 (ongoing project)
  • Description: project aiming to better understand the impact of anxiety-provoking phenomena on the performance of circus artists
  • Partners: University of Manitoba and Laval University
  • Co-researchers: Dean Kriellaars, Sarah Travis and Richard Fleet
  • Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Results: Functional Questionnaire

 

Improvement of the analysis of the etiology and mechanisms of injury in the practice of circus arts

  • Duration: Since 2013 (ongoing project)
  • Description: project aimed at developing a method for analyzing the phenomenon
  • Partners: University of Manitoba, University of Montreal, Laval University
  • Co-researchers: Raphaëlle Creniault, François Prince, Dean Kriellaars, Éric Deschênes, Richard Fleet
  • Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education
  • Result: master’s thesis.

Pedagogy

Introduction to the practice of circus arts and evaluation of its effects on physical literacy, creativity and resilience

  • Duration: 2015-2018
  • Description: project on the effects of an introduction to the practice of circus arts on the development of physical literacy, creativity and resilience of young participants
  • Project Director: Patrice Aubertin
  • Partners: Cirque du Soleil, CLIPP, University of Manitoba, University of Alberta, Concordia University, Resilience Research Center at 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
  • Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
  • Expected results: This project aims to develop a complete cycle of action, knowledge development and mobilization. | In addition to publications and a new portal to come, this project has enabled the development of a tool for assessing physical literacy, resilience and creativity in a social and school circus context.

Writing and dramaturgy

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

  • Duration: 2015-2018
  • Description: Research-creation aimed at understanding the modes and strategies of scenic writing in the circus field and better understanding its notation, modeling and transmission.
  • Partners: Concordia University
  • Funders: FQRSC (Quebec Fund for Research on Society and Culture)
  • Expected results: conference | The development of a conceptual framework for dramaturgy in circus arts | Improving the processes for evaluating and analyzing artistic performance in the circus.

History and aesthetics

Development of cultural mediation tools relating to the history of circus arts

  • Duration: April to December 2018
  • Description: Produce educational files on the history of circus arts for 2nd cycle primary and 1st cycle secondary schools in order to promote knowledge and practice of circus arts in Canada.
  • Partners: University of Montreal — Department of History
  • Project Director: Anna-Karyna Barlati
  • History Department team — 2nd cycle: Célia Destemberg
  • Expected results: Bibliographic identification | Writing of an educational file for the 2nd cycle of primary level | Writing of an educational file for the 1st cycle of secondary school level.

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