Le nouveau cirque ou l'esthétisation du frisson

Abstract : The staging of danger and feat is a main element of circus. Since about fifteen yers circus arts un France are characterised by creations that renew the treatment and stakes of risk taking. On the basis of an ethnographic survey started in 2002 in one of the eleven regional "circus-poles" near Limoges and continuated today in the Parisian region this article proposes a reflexion on the meanings of risk in the relation that circus artists have to their audience. This approach differs from the theories based on sacrifice and ordeal. Far from being disregarded and based on distanciation, risk is part of a process that favours the expression and sharing of emotions throught corporal involment. It becomes the basis of a nex artistic, aesthetic and social approach.
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Francine Fourmaux. Le nouveau cirque ou l'esthétisation du frisson. Ethnologie française, Presses Universitaires de France, 2006, XXXVI (4), pp.659-668. ⟨halshs-00274530⟩

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