Associate Professor, joint-appointment in English and Études françaises
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After studies and a career in theatre practice, Patrick became interested in discourse analysis, research-creation and the writing of the body, more specifically in contemporary circus as it has emerged in Québec and can be understood in interdisciplinary perspectives. “Risk” and “Performance” have become two fascinatingly loaded terms in the study of circus, both drawing form high performance sports training and the hybridization of many performing arts forms. Risk has come to be expected and, indeed, spectacularized in this art form. Patrick is the founding director of the Montreal Working Group on Circus Research and is (or recently has been) involved research into the Cirque du Soleil’s impact on Las Vegas and North American cultural industries; the state and conditions of reception of circus research in Québec; and, most recently, circus dramaturgy and creative process at the National Circus School of Montreal, where he is also an Associate Researcher and a guest teacher.