Centre national de danse contemporaine d’Angers, France; CircusNext, France
Bio: Agathe Dumont is an independent researcher. She holds a PhD in Performing Arts (2011) and a degree in Sport Sciences. She teaches in professional dance and circus schools and at university. She also works as a researcher for different European institutions or projects: CircusNext, Fedec, Centre national de la danse. She has recently published several articles and books on circus, contemporary dance and hip-hop.
Title: Artist or Entrepreneur? Multiple Identities for Emergent Contemporary Circus Artists in Europe
Abstract: At the beginning of their careers, emergent contemporary circus artists are confronted with different professional identities. The way circus artists perceive themselves reveals tensions between the institutional definition of a profession and practices in the field. We will therefore interrogate how the “Europeanization” of circus arts in the last decade has affected the professionalization of artists and how it plays a role in the identification processes as an artist and/or as an entrepreneur and what it reveals of the nature of artistic work.