On Thursday, November 29th, the history of the circus will be the subject of a Theatre Salon.
Horse shows and clowning
The Special Collections, together with the Eighteenth Century Working Group, celebrate the fact that 250 years ago a certain Philip Astley, ex-cavalryman from the British Army, decided to give horse shows, interspersed with clowning and acrobatics. This formula proved very successful and found a wide audience, both in England and on mainland Europe.
2.00 pm Walk-in
2.30 pm Opening by chief curator Marike van Roon
2.35 pm Presentation by Johan Verberckmoes: Eighteenth Century Working Group 50 years and circus 250 years
2.55 pm Presentation by Willem Rodenhuis: 250 years of circus: Philip Astley (1742-1814)
15.15 hours Presentation new circus website www.circusmuseum.nl : explanation by Floortje Bakkeren
3.35 pm Opportunity for asking questions
3.45 pm Drinks in Museumcafé
5.30 pm End
About the speakers
Johan Verberckmoes (1962) is a full-time professor at the University of Leuven and has been associated with the research unit since 1985, first as an assistant and since 1996 as a lecturer. He studied history at the University of Leuven and the University of Hull (United Kingdom). In 1993 he obtained his doctorate with a thesis on humor and laughter in the 16th and 17th centuries. Guest editor for the yearbook Working Group Eighteenth Century on Circus.
Willem Rodenhuis (1952) studied at the Academy for Expression by Woord en Gebaar (1975), a part-time mime course at the Amsterdam School of the Arts (1977). From 1980 he studied History (UU 1984) and Theater Studies (UvA 1989). Since then he has worked as a professional librarian for Performing Arts at the Library of the University of Amsterdam. From 2012 he also worked as curator of Performing Arts, Special Collections University of Amsterdam, until his retirement in 2016. On that occasion he founded a fund for (co-) financing of study trips and research in the field of circus heritage. He also acts as a liaison between the UvA circus collection and the world of circus heritage at home and abroad.
Floortje Bakkeren (1972) studied Theater Studies at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in Theater History, and worked at the Theater Instituut Nederland. She teaches dramaturgy and history at various theater schools, gives introductions and drama courses. Floortje Bakkeren has a column in the magazine Theatermaker and is currently working on a research into theater tickets, the smallest historical track of performances.
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