Dreams of the Solo Trapeze: Offstage with the Cirque Du Soleil

Enter a world unlike any other, where a dozen languages are spoken and scores of disciplines perfected or invented intimate and inscrutable, artistic and athletic, courageous and committed the private world of the performers in the Cirque du Soleil Of the hundreds of artists the Cirque employs, none is fascinating than Olga Sidorova, who ran away from Siberia atEnter a world unlike any other, where a dozen languages are spoken and scores of disciplines perfected or invented intimate and inscrutable, artistic and athletic, courageous and committed the private world of the performers in the Cirque du Soleil Of the hundreds of artists the Cirque employs, none is fascinating than Olga Sidorova, who ran away from Siberia at age 14 to follow her dream to fly When Schreiber met her in March, 2002, she inspired his own global odyssey, following the European tour of Saltimbanco assisting her after knee surgery at the Cirque s training studio in Montreal, even helping a pair of contortionists apartment hunt in Las Vegas Dreams of the Solo Trapeze Offstage with the Cirque du Soleil is not one book but many non fiction novel, biography, cultural history, travel narrative, and love story Its aim is to discover and pay tribute to these magnificent artists in a manner that reflects the Cirque s own spontaneity, originality and daring.
Dreams of the Solo Trapeze Offstage with the Cirque Du Soleil Enter a world unlike any other where a dozen languages are spoken and scores of disciplines perfected or invented intimate and inscrutable artistic and athletic courageous and committed the private

  • Title: Dreams of the Solo Trapeze: Offstage with the Cirque Du Soleil
  • Author: Mark Schreiber
  • ISBN: 9780975466407
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Dreams of the Solo Trapeze: Offstage with the Cirque Du Soleil”

    1. I've seen a handful of Cirque Du Soleil shows, and each time, I find myself thinking about the lives of the performers backstage. What is it like to be a part of an international band of roving physical artists, I wonder? Now THAT would be a good topic for a memoir.When I looked for a memoir by a Cirque performer, however, all I could find was this book. Mark Schreiber was a novelist on holiday in Amsterdam when he met Saltimbanco trapeze artist Olga Sidorova at a club. They struck up a conversa [...]

    2. Dreams of the Solo Trapeze is enjoyably lively and full of illuminating quotes from Cirque performers about training, life on the road, and the meaning of art. My enjoyment is tarnished by the unrelenting creepiness of the writer, who never fails to mention his female interviewee's muscle development, tight clothing, and/or perceived femininity; male Cirque performers are spared such drooling. A highlight is a brilliant essay on performing solo trapeze by one of the founders of Pickle Family Cir [...]

    3. Reading this book made me very uncomfortable. The author comes across as a stalker, talking about being in the room with a naked trapeze artist and following her all over the worls, hanging out waiting for her in hotel lobbies.While the lives of the individual artists are interesting, the author's creepiness makes the read difficult and disturbing.

    4. Creepy, stalkerish and deeply boring in the endless star-struck awe the author displays. As a circus artist myself, it made me incredibly uncomfortable to think of the narrator invading the private lives of these young girls (and even hinting at a relationship with a TWENTY YEAR OLD at the end of the book!) Such a lost opportunity; with a competent writer, it could have been an incredible book.

    5. Eh, probably more of a 2.5, but I'm the rounding up sort of person. This book admittedly grew on me. I really disliked the narrator (the author) throughout; he is kind of creepy in the way he follows around Olga (the trapeze artist), hangs out at her hotel, invades Cirque life, etc. I couldn't appreciate his storytelling style either, and I don't think the book is that well written, which is why I hesitate to give it 3 stars. But despite the style deficiencies, I enjoyed the story of the book. I [...]

    6. This could have been an awesome book, but the author is a TOTAL creeper! While the book is peppered with truly fascinating anecdotes about the life of Cirque performers (which is the ONLY reason I give it two stars instead of one), the narrative is rife with self-indulgent, voyeuristic, misogynistic, dribble written by an unapologetic narcissist. I have at least three times had to set this book down out of sheer anger at the arrogant, stalker like, entitled, and small minded rhetoric. I'm not su [...]

    7. I read the first 50 pages before I decided I didn't want to commit anymore time to this book. Parts of that 50 pages were interesting, but the writing overall was distracting. It felt like the authors was forcing himself to be intelligent and witty and it didn't play well. Mostly, I didn't care about his story at all.

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