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CIRCUS

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A JOURNEY INTO THE WONDROUS WORLD OF CIRCUS, PAST AND PRESENT
Written by DUNCAN WALL

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 11/05/2013

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47226-7

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 École Nationale des Arts du Cirque. The Ordinary Acrobat is a magical, funny, sometimes scary story of what happens when one average...

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PARTICIPATORY ART AND THE POLITICS OF SPECTATORSHIP
Written by CLAIRE BISHOP

Format: Trade Paperback, 390 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 07/24/2012

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-844-67690-3

2013 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

Since the 1990s, critics and curators have broadly accepted the notion that participatory art is the ultimate political art: that by encouraging an audience to take part an artist can promote new emancipatory social relations. Around the world, the champions of this form of expression are numerous, ranging from art historians such as Grant Kester, curators such as Nicolas Bourriaud and Nato Thompson, to performance theorists such as Shannon...

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A NOVEL
Written by KATHERINE DUNN

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/11/2002

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-71334-7

Geek Love is the story of the Binewskis, a carny family whose mater- and paterfamilias set out–with the help of amphetamine, arsenic, and radioisotopes–to breed their own exhibit of human oddities. There’s Arturo the Aquaboy, who has flippers for limbs and a megalomaniac ambition worthy of Genghis Khan . . . Iphy and Elly, the lissome Siamese twins . . . albino hunchback Oly, and the outwardly normal Chick, whose mysterious gifts make him the family’s most precious–and dangerous–asset.

As...

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A TRUE STORY OF AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY
Written by STEWART O'NAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 06/12/2001

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-49685-8

Halfway through a midsummer afternoon performance, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus's big top caught fire. The tent had been waterproofed with a mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in seconds it was burning out of control, and more than 8,000 people were trapped inside. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, O'Nan skillfully re-creates the horrific events and illuminates the psychological oddities of human behavior under stress: the mad scramble for the exits; the hero who...

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THE ACTOR'S COMPLETE GUIDE TO TODAY'S TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS
Written by LAURA THUDIUM

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Back Stage Books

On Sale: 04/01/1999

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-823-08839-3

This up-to-date, full-color makeup manual is designed to lie open on the makeup table right as a guide for student, amateur, or professional performers.

Whether you are an actor in a summer-stock or regional theater, an acting conservatory program, a high-school or college production, a community theater, a local holiday pageant...or anywhere else, this is the best all-purpose "how-to" guide to makeup for the theater. Besides period makeup, age makeup, and special-effects applications, the...

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