Quebec Studies

Pink, Cirque, and the Québécisation de l'industrie

Quebec Studies (2014), 58, (1), 25–44.

Abstract

During the broadcast of the 2010 Grammy Awards, the vocal artist Pink offered an aerial performance that immediately was labeled "Cirque du Soleil-esque" in the popular media and elicited a remark that her work pointed to "la Québécisation de l'industrie." This article explores this celebration of a Québécois influence on, evens signs of Québec itself in, the performance industry in the United States. Through an analysis of genealogies of both the art and the artists in conjunction with the development of the nouveau cirque in Québec, this article notes real traces of Québécois cultural productions appearing in American performance spaces while also proposing a way to understand how these performances help create and maintain a Québécois identity for their viewers.

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Batson, Charles