Patrice Aubertin is the Director of CRITAC – Center for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer, at École Nationale de Cirque, Montréal. He also holds the Chair of Industrial Research in Circus Arts, of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Patrice has been working in partnership with Dean Kriellaars on research projects in Canadian schools which have produced quantitive data on the benefits of circus training for children when measured against standard PE. The results have been groundbreaking, showing an increase in co-ordination, mobility, comprehension and enjoyment of movement skills. They also showed that in children practising circus, boys began to read more, and girls showed improvement in mathematics. They presented their research results in 2015 at the CircusWorks Conference in Cardiff; this resulted in large scale projects teaching circus to PE teachers in the UK. A significant number of schools in West Wales now teach circus in PE lessons.
Dean and Patrice have continued to work on further research projects, some of which they presented for the first time in Europe at our 2019 Conference. Building on their previous projects, new subjects have included research into working with children with autism and creating tools for measuring creativity.
Patrice will be presenting two sessions: ‘Digitalization of Performing Arts – What Do We Gain or Lose?’ and ‘The Embodied Journey of an Idea: An Exploration of Movement Creativity Processes in Circus Arts’
Associate Researcher into Creativity at CRITAC (the Center for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer) at École nationale de cirque, Montreal. Mental Performance Advisor for Cirque du Soleil and Mental Performance Consultant with various Canadian national sports teams.
Dr Veronique Richard completed her Ph.D. in sport sciences (sport psychology) at University of Montreal, and then went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in sport psychology at Florida State University. Her research focus on movement creativity and its related influence on performance and optimal psychological states. She is an associate researcher at the CRITAC working on several creativity projects.
Véronique Richard is also currently having a rich and varied performance psychology practice primarily working as a mental performance consultant with different Canadian national teams. She is a Mental Performance Advisor for Cirque du Soleil where supports artists to optimize their performance and ensure their well-being.
Veronique will be presenting ‘The Embodied Journey of an Idea: An Exploration of Movement Creativity Processes in Circus Arts’.
Patrice Aubertin and Véronique Richard will present a current CRITAC project that puts the ‘idea’ as a pivotal actor between students, teachers and artistic counsellors.
This session will take place at Lost Horizon on Tuesday, 22nd February 2022, 3.15pm-4.14pm.
This is a virtual session: Patrice and Véronique will be joining us from Canada, as a hologram/projection.
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