Why is it that few modern circus artists seem to know or care about the history of circus?
The job of an artist is to be creative, rather than recreative. Knowing the history of your discipline is important; You don’t want to merely repeat what others have done before you.
It’s a good idea to know the history of the genre you’re involved in and possibly the history of other related disciplines. In a world where we know ‘knowledge is power’, why would anyone not want to know as much as they can about their passion or career?
With this in mind, why can I still have a conversation with a professional who knows nothing about the history of what they are doing!?
I’m not saying everyone needs to be an expert or want to be on Time Team, but please take the time out to educate yourself, just a little.