For 11 days this July, Montreal moves to the rhythm of circus arts. Its venues, streets, parks, and sidewalks become stages to showcase colourful, high-flying performances from here and around the world.
An event not to be missed, MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE presents diversity in all its forms and expressions by creating moments where the most talented artists from the circus world come together to perform. Check out the highlights from this year’s Indoor Festival Program below!
July 3 to 8 | TOHU | $15 – 48 | Ages 8+
After winning over Montreal audiences with Smashed (2013) and 4×4 Ephemeral architectures (2016), the refined artists of Gandini Juggling return to the MCC with SPRING – the final part of the trilogy. Sophisticated juggling and contemporary dance unite in a joyous spectacle created in collaboration with superlative choreographer Alexander Whitley.
July 4 to 14 | Salle Pierre-Mercure | $15 – 59 | Ages 8+
Created in 2016 for the 500th anniversary of Jérôme Bosch’s passing, Les 7 Doigts’ BOSCH DREAMS is a surreal voyage into the fantastic universe of the great Dutch painter. Put in motion by ingenious visual effects, the creatures that inhabit the paintings come to life: birds fly away, light shines, and we enter the works of art from which equilibrists, aerialists and acrobats arise.
July 4 to 14 | Hidden apartment | $38 | Ages 15+
LION LION’s SE PRENDRE, an experience in close proximity for adventurous spectators, carries us into the complexity of two acrobats’ intimacy. In an apartment, we follow them from one room to another, in gentleness and pain, with an amused curiosity or taken by the intensity of their presence. Tales of the coming together of our solitude, the show is its own mirror, brutal and tender, singular and disturbing.
July 4 to 14 | TOHU | $15 – 48 | Ages 8+
The new creation by the Québec-based Machine de Cirque makes its North American premiere at the MCC! Featuring seven acrobats, a musician and the phenomenal fellowship of the company, LA GALERIE take us to an art gallery in a creative journey where Russian bar, German wheel, teeterboard and juggling dazzle.
July 8 to 11 | Salle Claude-Gauvreau, UQAM | $15 – 30 | Ages 6+
At the meeting point between circus, magic, physical theatre and puppetry, DynamO Théâtre’s and Guillaume Doin du Collectif À deux roux’s LIFE-CYCLE is an acrobatic encounter between a man and his past. Objects come to life and the idea of transmission and heritage is evoked in this dialogue of magical realism with an old dresser and his father’s bicycle.
July 9 to 14 | Théâtre St-Denis | $31 – 54 | Ages 8+
Hailing from Germany, the daredevils of Analog invite audiences to a supercharged evening of live music and crazy acrobatics. Driven by a pop diva and her sidekick drummer, FINALE twists cabaret, circus and rock together into a wild party. The acrobatic-comedic piece is presented at the MCC in association with Just For Laughs.
July 10 to 14 | TOHU | $18 – 48 | Ages 8+
Lifelong friends from the streets of Bogotá, of which we can feel the chaotic rumbling, six artists talk about their childhood and shared memories in El Nucleo‘s SOMOS. Only supported by impactful soundtrack and lighting, they communicate the power of their story and the beauty of brotherhood, against all odds.
July 8 to 10 | La Chapelle | $18 – 23 | Ages 8+
MCC and La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines come together for the benefit of “l’autre cirque”, the one that celebrates the hybridity of approaches, that mixes and disguises, disturbs sometimes, and renews always! These outstanding evenings, at the edge of circus and other forms of expression, give carte blanche to artists who choose alternate creative pathways.
Check out the complete festival programming at www.montrealcompletementcirque.com/en/program