The Ordinary Acrobat: A Journey into the Wondrous World of the Circus, Past and Present

By: Wall, Duncan

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An utterly charming account of the author's novice plunge into the strange and wonderful world of contemporary circus, and a nostalgic look back at circus history and inside the current Cirque du Soleil-fueled phenomenon.
When Duncan Wall visited his first nouveau cirque as a college student in Paris, everything about it--the monochromatic costumes, the acrobats singing Simon and Garfunkel, the juggler reciting Proust--hooked him. Soon he was attending circuses two or three nights a week, and soon after that, he entered the intensively competitive training program at France's ecole Nationale des Arts du Cirque. The Ordinary Acrobat is a magical, funny, sometimes scary story of what happens when one average American joins a host of gifted (and flexible) international students in a rigorous regimen of tumbling, trapeze, juggling, and clowning. This is an appealing, richly evocative history of how the circus evolved into the dynamic, thrilling experience it is today.

Product Name: The Ordinary Acrobat: A Journey into the Wondrous World of the Circus, Past and Present

Author Name: Wall, Duncan

Categories: Art,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Knopf: 2013

ISBN Number: 0307271722

ISBN Number 13: 9780307271723

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Jacket Condition: Fine

Seller ID: 048313

Description: Tight copy in pictorial dust jacket. 322pp.

Keywords: CIRCUS PERFORMERS BIGTOP ACROBATS,