Jon Burtt

Jon Burtt, a researcher, is currently working on his PhD on this project at The National Circus School, Montreal where he will be researcher-in-residence in 2011-12. Jon originally trained as a dancer at the London Contemporary Dance School, danced and created works in the UK and Australia, and went on to run Skadada, a circus company and school in Perth, Australia which he co-founded. He holds a Masters degree in performance (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University) which investigated the Indian rope and pole form Mallakhamb. Jon is an aerial and dance teacher, choreographer and social circus instructor. As a choreographer he has created works for international arts festivals including Shanghai, Sydney and Perth, he has danced in works by some of the world's leading choreographers such as William Forsythe, Stephen Petronio and Australian choreographers Nanette Hassall and Chrissie Parrott. In 2010 he worked as a concepteur for creation week at the National Circus School and recently returned from work in Nunavik, Northern Quebec on the social circus project Cirqinic.

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Members of the group are regular collaborators engaged in an ongoing conversation. They regularly attend Working Group meetings in Montreal or elsewhere and are expected to give at least one talk a year or to act as respondents to colleagues' papers.


Graduate Students

Regular participants, working with Working Group members or working on circus-related scholarly topics:

  • Dr. Tracy Zhang
    post-doctoral fellow, Concordia University; supervisor Norma Rantisi
  • Joanna Donehower
    doctoral candidate, PhD in Humanities, Concordia; supervisor: Louis Patrick Leroux
  • Lyn Charland
    doctoral candidate, PhD in Humanities, Concordia; supervisor: Louis Patrick Leroux
  • Sue Proctor
    MA in SIP, Concordia; supervisor: Louis Patrick Leroux
  • Johanna Tzountouris
    MA, Laval University
  • Katie Lavers
    PhD Candidate through WAAPA (Edith Cowan University, Australia)


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