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By Peta Tait

This pioneering research is among the significant courses within the more and more well known and principally undocumented zone of circus studies.

Through pictures and illustrations, Peta Tait provides a rare survey of a hundred and forty years of trapeze acts and the socially altering rules of muscular motion on the subject of our knowing of gender and sexuality. She questions how spectators see and luxuriate in aerial activities, and what cultural identities are offered by way of our bodies in quickly, actual aerial movement.

Adeptly finding aerial functionality in the wider cultural background of our bodies and their identities, Circus Bodies explores this topic via a number motion pictures similar to Trapeze (1956) and Wings of Desire (1987) and Tait additionally examines reside performances including:

* the 1st trapeze performers: Léotard and the Hanlon Brothers
* woman celebrities; Azella, Sanyeah, black French aerialist LaLa, the notorious Leona Dare, and the feminine human cannonballs
* twentieth-century gender benders; Barbette and Luisita Leers
* the Codonas, Concellos, Gaonas, Vazquez and Pages troupes
* creative aerial acts in Cirque de Soleil and Circus ounces productions.

This e-book will turn out a useful source for all scholars and students drawn to this attention-grabbing field.

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