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

   

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  • Technological innovation Open 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 
  • Interactive and immersive technologies Open 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.

     

  • Health and safety Open 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 

     

  • 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
    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

     

     


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