Publisher: Fonthill Media
Publication Date: July 05, 2017
Binding: Kobo eBook
‘This book fulfils a great need in our sector, explaining and celebrating the immense contribution women have had in the circus arts. By illuminating major artists in a range of disciplines, it is obvious through this book that no aspect of our industry would be hat it is today without the presence of these extraordinary women. A must for every library and collector.’
Tim Roberts, National Centre for Circus Arts, London
Philip Astley first pegged out his circular ‘ride’ on the banks of the Thames in 1768 and so laid down the foundations of the modern circus. Performing feats of trick riding with his wife Patty Jones, little did he realise that before long women would become a dominant force in the circus. Sawdust Sisterhood: How Circus Empowered Women explores how the circus encouraged women and gave them the opportunity to compete and succeed as performers in their own right in an otherwise masculine world.
Drawing upon historical news reports and contemporary interviews, the book explores the lives of female circus performers and focuses upon several of the more well-known artistes from across two centuries of circus, including ...