If you're a writer, then a big part of the way you learn to write is by reading. If you're a composer, you listen to music. Visual artists go to exhibitions, and architects see design everywhere. In all these artforms there is ready access to the work of others, but circus artists have fewer opportunities. They spend more time and effort on their own training relative to time spent watching the work of others and learning through observation and reflection.
Deconstructing Circus is an ongoing project that takes a small step toward addressing this problem by publishing videos of scenes from contemporary circus productions. Each video is accompanied by an interview with the production's artist(s) or director that deconstructs the structure, dramaturgy and thematic content of the scene.