Concordia University


July 2 – 14, 2019


Research-Creation, Creative Practices and Meaning-Making

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Early summer is synonymous with circus fever in Montreal as the city vibrates to the rhythm of Montréal Complètement Cirque! During the first two weeks of July, 4TH SPACE will put the spotlight on innovative ways of thinking about contemporary circus.


As part of an interdisciplinary seminar led by Concordia professor Louis Patrick Leroux, 25 students, researchers, and practitioners from a dozen different countries will explore the creative process and investigate the intersection of academic and artistic pursuits.


Come share in this unique opportunity to learn how circus happens beyond the performative and spectacular. Stop by to peek behind the curtain of research-creation, participate in a feature presentation, or partake in ongoing discussions about this multifaceted art form.

Les Saltimbanques du social

Thursday July 4, 2019,
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Performance and presentation featuring Jacinthe Rivard (Université de Montréal) and performers from Cirque Hors Piste (in French with English translation).

This presentation and discussion explores the role of circus as a medium for social change.

Registration is required

Photo © Lidia Crisafulli

Public talk by Sean Gandini (Gandini Juggling, UK)

Friday July 5, 2019,
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sean Gandini, one of the pioneers of contemporary juggling, will present on his creative process, innovative approach to this art form, and his company.

An event held in partnership with En Piste, National Circus Arts Alliance.

Registration is required

Public talk by Yaron Lifschitz (Circa, Australia)

Monday July, 8, 2019,
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Artistic Director and CEO of the Australia-based contemporary circus company Circa will talk about ensemble work in the performing arts.

Registration is required

Interdisciplinary Concepts & Collaborations in Contemporary Circus

Wednesday July, 10, 2019,
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Panel discussion co-presented by MICC Montreal International Circus Market and Concordia University

Although circus has always drawn from many art forms, the circus world often operates independently of these other disciplines. The panelists will address the porousness of the discipline in present and future practice.

Live streamed in 4TH SPACE

Meeting with the seminar participants

Wednesday July 10, 2019,
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The public is invited to meet participants in the Contemporary Circus Seminar to share what it means to write about/on/with/at contemporary circus.

Talk by Cirque du Soleil’s Boris Verkhovsky and Concordia “circademic” Joe Culpepper

Wednesday July 10, 2019,
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Boris Verkhovsky (Director, Design and Performance Development, Cirque du Soleil) and Joe Culpepper (MITACS Elevate postdoctoral fellow at Concordia University and Cirque du Soleil) will discuss Material Creativity, from conception to its realization.

Presented in collaboration with Montreal Working Group for Circus Research.

Registration is required

All events take place at 4TH SPACE and are free and open to the public.

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