American Circus (Re)Invented: Queering Cirque Du Soleil

Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2012

16 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2020

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Michael Johnson

Washington State University - Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies

Date Written: November 1, 2012

Abstract

This research examines Zumanity: The Sensual Side of Cirque Du Soleil. Written and directed by Dominic Champagne and René Richard Cyr, this performance departs from the other Cirque productions by incorporating a sexual theme that conceptually reflects part burlesque, part cabaret performance. Cirque Du Soleil presents an opportunity to ask some important and challenging questions like: Is Zumanity indicative of a change in how nouveau cirque or contemporary circus movement presents masculinity, femininity, and sexual desire? How does Zumanity conform to, or deviate from, binary heteronormative constructions of human sexuality? And finally, is Zumanity ultimately only a profit making product that serves to whet the appetite of a very select audience for titillation and spectatorship?

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Michael, American Circus (Re)Invented: Queering Cirque Du Soleil (November 1, 2012). Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2374566

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