Circus Bodies Cultural Identity in Aerial Performance
List Price: $120.00
Binding: Trade Cloth
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.62" tall
Circus Bodies: Cultural Identity in Aerial Performanceis an extraordinary survey of 140 years of high-wire acrobatics. Trapeze acts transformed performance after 1859 with muscular male and female performers presenting artistically graceful but athletically strenuous flying action. In this pioneering study, Peta Tait investigates socially changing ideas of muscular action in relation to our understanding of gender and sexuality. How do spectators see and enjoy aerial action? What cultural identities are presented by bodies in fast, physical aerial movement? This is an untold cultural history of bodies, explored in a range of films, such as Trapeze (1956) and Wings of Desire (1987), and More...
|Introduction : aerial bodies|
|Graceful manliness, unfeminine maidens and erotic gods|
|Unnatural acts, female strongmen|
|Cross-dressing and female muscular drag|
|Gender competition, camp spectacles and impossible machismo|
|Androgyny to queer violence : Cirque du Soleil, Archaos and Circus Oz|
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