Category: Circus

Cirque Alfonse – ANIMAL

With ANIMAL, Cirque Alfonse takes us on a journey of discovery through a series of slightly surreal farm fables served up with a touch of irreverence, impressive virtuosity and the company’s familiar comic touch. In this re-invented agricultural world, the farm is turned upside down and the barn turned inside out!

A gentleman farmer has surrounded himself with some familiar but slightly outlandish creatures: the chickens have teeth, the ducks are slightly menacing and the cows are kicking up a fuss. In this “farm fantasy”, the imagination conjures up stories from childhood, rural life proves to be both energetic and poetic and clichés are joyfully turned on their head.

Yet again, the clan of family and friends that make up Cirque Alfonse has favoured its multidisciplinary approach where circus, song, dance and theatre all come together, driven by original live music … an irresistible mix of trad and soul that the troupe calls ‘agricultural funk!

A production for young and old alike, ANIMAL is the farm gone haywire!

About Cirque Alfonse

The company, which unites the Carabinier-Lépine family and friends, gets its name from Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, its municipality of origin in Lanaudière. The Québec fibre is central to each Cirque Alfonse creations as the troupe draws on national folklore for themes, to which a modern touch is added.

The Alfonse clan has captured the hearts the public in 2011 with its lumber camp in Timber!, and its cabaret electro-traditional cabaret in Barbu in 2014 followed by Tabarnak in 2017. After having toured the globe several times and experienced worldwide success, the troupe returns to give you have an unforgettable time.

Production : Cirque Alfonse
Artistic direction : Julie and Antoine Carabinier-Lépine
Director : Alain Francoeur
Music and songs : David Simard
Scenography : Nicolas Descôteaux
Light concept : Nicolas Descôteaux
Costumes : Geneviève Beauchamps

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Barbu cabaret – Cirque Alfonse

Cirque Alfonse’s BARBU Cabaret delves into the origins of the circus in Montreal at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. Imagine a fairground, where spectators are left spellbound by remarkable performances and outrageous feats, simple curiosities and unexpected eccentricities. Political correctness has no place in the mayhem of this show. In scene after scene where music, video, circus and general craziness collide, each performer wows the audience with a showcase of spectacular skills. May the best beard win! Backed by a frenetic electro-trad band, the Cirque Alfonse clan strays dangerously close to the edge in this exuberant circus rave.

Barbu has been presented in Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 and 100 representations at the London’s Wunderground summer 2016

The Times (London) ****

Fuelled by a wonderfully enlivening folk-rock score, this is joyously naughty, laugh-out-loud witty and unpretentiously camp… *****

Hilarious, random and deliriously sexy, BARBU is the most captivating alternative circus show that anyone could hope to see this summer. *****

It is a perfect way to lose yourself for an evening. Strange, curious, sexy, quirky and an enormous amount of fun. There is even an opportunity to buy shots and partake in a cheeky raffle. So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets now. This is essential viewing this Summer.

The company

Cirque Alfonse is a circus company from Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez in the province of Quebec, established in 2005. Its founding members have all worked with some of the most renowned “nouveau cirque” companies around the world. This young company is comprised of a team of professional acrobats graduated from the École nationale de cirque de Montréal, as well as a professional dancer, an Grandpa Alain and three talented and versatile musicians. This brave and creative group of young performers is blazing a creative path that no one has yet dared to explore, blending the arts and techniques of the circus and infusing them with the most picturesque facets of traditional Quebec folklore.



Compagnie Chimère – NYX

Wrapped by a scenic night, through “a management of darkness”, Johanne Madore unveils a dreamlike and chimerical universe. She recounts her childhood memories of a vast dark place, the ‘hold’ of the family store, the warehouse where large folds, fabrics, skins and furs were piled up. In a case of mechanical clatter of time, hands slip in and weave materials and dreams; hieratic and erotic bodies, like new chimeras offered in the drapes of NYX, mother of Eros, float metamorphosing between the chrysalis walls of a giant nocturnal maze flower.

Johanne Madore, an interdisciplinary canadian artist, explores the body’s sensitive interrelationships with matter, in search of new forms of mixed practices and stage aesthetics. Performer, choreographer, director and stage director and artistic advisor, she has toured the globe with Carbone 14, Ex Machina, O Vertigo Danse, 4D Arts, Le Cirque Éloize and l’École Nationale de Cirque (Montreal). She has formed multiple waves of the next generation by undertaking a cycle of circus creations that she is pursuing by collaborating with visual artist Pierre Przysiezniak for his new proposal “NYX”: a singular organic universe in which dance and acrobatic gesture are richly hybridized.


  • Concept and directing : Johanne Madore
  • Choregraphies : Johanne Madore in collaboration with the performers
  • Performers : Arthur Morel Van-Hyfte, Guillaume Paquin, Eliza Gélinas-Lance, Andrei Anissimov, Pauline Gervais
  • Music : Claude Fradette in collaboration with Pierre Przysiezniak
  • Sound design : Eric Forget
  • Conception and scenographic creation : Pierre Przysiezniak
  • Design and creation of acrobatic apparatus : Pierre Przysiezniak
  • Rigging conception : Sébastien Robillard
  • Production assistant: Tanya Burka
  • Light design : Stéphane Ménigot
  • Technical direction : Rodolfe St-Arneault
  • Costumes: Johanne Madore

• Other credits

  • Producers and coproducers : Johanne Madore – Diagramme Gestion Culturelle, Agora de la danse
  • Grants and support : CALQ, CAC, Diagramme Gestion Culturelle, Salle Désilets
  • Creation residencies : Agora de la danse, Salle Désilets, Studio de création de la Tohu, Maison de la Culture Mercier