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An Innovative Approach To Managing Circus Performance

This presentation will discuss similarities and differences that exist between Performance Science in Circus and the live performance environment as compared to Sport.  A review of data from specific cases will be discussed.  Future opportunities including innovative approaches to enhancing the durability of performers, managing mental effectiveness and performance psychology will also be presented.

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Bryan Burnstein
Head of Performance Science

Bryan Burstein is Head of Performance Science at Quebec based performance company Cirque du Soleil, world renowned for its high-quality, artistic entertainment. Since its dawn in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has constantly sought to evoke the imagination, invoke the senses and provoke the emotions of people around the world. Today, the business has 4,000 employees worldwide, including more than 1,300 artists. 150 million spectators have seen a Cirque du Soleil show since 1984 and close to 15 million people will see a Cirque du Soleil show in 2014. In this one-to-one session, Bryan discusses how Cirque du Soleil keep ahead of its competitors through constant innovation, helping performers battle psychological barriers and maintaining the highest level of quality in every performance.


Bryan Burnstein
Head of Performance Science

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