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Tour Title: Cirque du Soleil Backstage Tours for Theatre Scholars and Professionals - part 1 | O at Belagio Hotel
Description: This limited-enrolment and intimate guided tour of Cirque du Soleil’s O (at the Belagio) will allow participants to have a backstage tour of one of Las Vegas's major productions known for their impressive acts as well as the innovative architecture and astounding technical feats in the wings, above and bellow the theatres. These productions established higher artistic and technical standards that helped transform our understanding of Las Vegas from one of a gambling town to a site of high-value entertainment. The Franco Dragone-directed O, a baroque aquatic circus with theatrical flourishes, features a 500 000 gallon water tank on stage, multiple hydraulic lifts and an impressive costume shop.
Bio: Dr. Louis Patrick Leroux is an Associate Professor at Concordia University and the Founding Director of the Montreal Working Group on Circus Research. He holds a strong interest in circus stemming from his practical experience in theatre and scholarly research into dramaturgy and cultural discourse. Dr. Leroux has published and given talks on contemporary circus and contemporary theatre, and has worked closely with the Québec circus scene as a researcher, collaborator, and teacher. He is an ongoing Associate Researcher and guest teacher at the National Circus School of Montreal. At the NSC he is currently working alongside students and teachers exploring the various modes of circus narratives and dramaturgical strategies. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Duke University, Charles University (Prague) and at France’s Centre national des arts du cirque. He was awarded Canada’s two national awards, one in French (Prix Jean-Cléo Godin, 2009), one in English (Richard Plant Award, 2012), for scholarly writing on the performing arts. He is currently involved in many research projects, all-team based, including a Quebec-funded (FRQ-SC) research-creation project exploring circus dramaturgy; a Canadian-funded (SSHRC) project studying physical literacy, creativity and resilience in grade school children; and a Canadian-funded (SSHRC) historical synthesis and socio-esthetic analysis of Québec theatre. Recent scholarly collections include Cirque Global: Québec’s Expanding Circus Boundaries, coedited with Charles Batson (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2016) and Le jeu des positions. Discours du théâtre québécois, coedited with Hervé Guay (Nota Bene, 2014). He is currently working on a book on contemporary circus creators for Routledge with Katie Lavers and Jon Burtt.