Ross School - Senior Project 2013


Student: Gabrielle Ment

Mentor: Carrie Clark

Domains: Performing Arts

Faculty Grader: Debra McCall


Documentation of Product


Title: Circus Arts: A Mental and Physical Exploration


Act 1

Act 2


Exhibition & Presentation Summary




I created two aerial hoop acts for my senior project: one comedic and the other straight. My final performances embody two different approaches to a self-expressive contemporary circus act.  I started training on this new apparatus in the summer of 2012 at the New England Center for Circus Arts. While training at NECCA, I also learned how to conceptualize and create an effective act along with many other aspects of becoming a professional circus artist. In the culmination of these two divergent acts I extensively researched the history of the circus in many different cultures. In the straight act I took what has been done a million times before and attempted to make it mine. In the comedic act, I did just the opposite, a completely original routine. I applied my natural clown like tendencies to the elegant and graceful apparatus of aerial hoop. Through the creation of these two circus acts I explored and defied the mental and physical limitations of mind and body.


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