The Ordinary Acrobat

The Ordinary Acrobat

A Journey Into the Wondrous World of the Circus, Past and Present

Book - 2013
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When Wall visited his first nouveau cirque as a college student in Paris, everything about it was captivating. So great was his enthusiasm that a year later he applied on a whim to the training program at the École Nationale des Arts du Cirque-- and was, to his surprise, accepted. Follow the collision of one American novice and a host of gifted international students in a rigorous regimen of tumbling, trapeze, juggling, and clowning. Along the way, Wall introduces us to the ambition, beauty, and thrills of the circus's long history.
Describes the author's novice plunge into the abstract and intensely competitive world of the contemporary circus while tracing the history of circus performance and the current Cirque du Soleil-fueled renewal of circus popularity.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307271723
0307271722
Branch Call Number: BIO WALL D. Wall 05/2013
Characteristics: 322 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,25 cm.

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sylviebryant
Mar 15, 2019

Got this book for Erica on social circus trip

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ejblake
Feb 01, 2014

An intriguing read of one college student's training at the National Circus School in France. Intermixed with his training experiences are interviews with present day circus performers and historians He also includes a lot of circus history. Wall's writing style makes even buildings and dates interesting.

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