American Circus (Re)Invented: Queering Cirque Du Soleil
Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2012
16 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2020
Date Written: November 1, 2012
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?
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