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Falling: The Thought of Circus
Stockholm University of the Arts, Circus Department.
2017 (English)Artistic output (Unrefereed)
Resource type
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Physical description [en]

Book

Description [en]

The book offers a psychoanalytic account of the practice of contemporary circus. It evolves its narrative through three voices: dramatic address (love poems from a disaffected, retired artist to the public), memoir in verse (a genealogy of becoming a circus artist) and psychoanalytic theory written through the lens of personal experience as a circus artist, pedagogue, director and psychoanalytic scholar.

It offers the benefit of a subject/artist embedded in the theory, showing how the artist comes to theory from their own contexts – social, gendered, sexualized and racialized – and how theory helps the artist contextualize themselves in the field. The theoretical perspectives draw from Freud via Lacan but touches upon Winnicot, Klein and Kristeva.

Abstract [en]

Sex, death, seduction, trauma and an intimate yet distanced relationship to an amorous other: circus and psychoanalysis have much in common. This book looks to the story circus tells when it is on the couch; a love story of impossible desires, improbable fantasies deeply indebted to masochism and utopian longing. However, trapped as it is in its conservative and narcissistic aesthetics of infatuation – stunning, erotic and impressive – its queer core of anti-normative and anarchic desire has been co-opted as the poster-child for neoliberal success. This work looks to its fundamental and disavowed romance with failure to show how progressive its thinking could be.

Place, publisher, year, pages
Stockholm: Stockholms konstnärliga högskola , 2017. , p. 80
Keywords [en]
Circus, Lacan, Psychoanalysis, Literature
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Performative and mediated practices, with specializations in choreography/film and media/opera /performing arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uniarts:diva-605OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uniarts-605DiVA, id: diva2:1353441
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The Ethics of CircusAvailable from: 2019-09-23 Created: 2019-09-23 Last updated: 2019-10-14Bibliographically approved

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