Montréal, May 27, 2021 | It is with great excitement and intense happiness that the 12th MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE, a TOHU Festival, presented by Loto-Québec, will take place from July 8 to 18, 2021.
For the occasion, TOHU will expand its venue in a big way, presenting seven major shows in its building, under a big top in the gardens and on the terrace of the Cirque du Soleil’s head offices! Buzzing with action — with “bubbles” for picnics, and BBQ table service! — this Multicoloured Zone at the TOHU location of MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE promises a varied and festive circus experience. It will be a space for long-awaited reunions and a shared celebration of life!
The details of the seven shows, created by major Quebec troupes known for their inventiveness, precision and unbridled creativity, are being shared today. Tickets will be for sale on May 27, at 9 am.
“We are thrilled to welcome the artists and the public for the 12th year of MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE. Thanks to the creativity, incredible efficiency and determination of our teams, we will be able to present a striking festival, full of discoveries and emotion, which we are very eager to share.” — Nadine Marchand, Director, MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE.
From July 8 to 18, 2021, Montréal will discover new things, be amazed, dream and be moved. Finally!
Here’s a glimpse of what’s coming
(full lineup available at https://montrealcompletementcirque.com/en/program/):
2021 MAIN PROGRAMMING
ANIMAL ★ by Cirque Alfonse
Presented by Radio-Canada
TOHU, circular hall
On July 2, this 12th Festival with be inaugurated with the world premiere of Cirque Alfonse’s new creation. With ANIMAL, the exceptional artists of the troupe from Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez return to TOHU with series of surreal fables that are a tad irreverent, impressively skillful, and irresistibly funny!
Along the lines of their previous shows — Timber!, Barbu and Tabarnak that thrilled spectators in 2011, 2014 and 2017 ! — ANIMAL is a farm with an edge! A gentleman-farmer is surrounded with familiar but off-colour creatures: chickens with teeth, very naughty ducks, and cows stampeding in stretchers! Clichés are twisted, morality is playfully ignored, and audiences will be charmed by lyricism and prowess. Here again, Cirque Alfonse continues its celebrated approach where circus, song, dance, theatre and, of course, music — an irresistible agricultural funk, mixing traditional and soul concocted by their musicians! — are blended together in performance. ANIMAL marks the return of patriarch Alain Carabinier to the stage.
SIX o ★ by FLIP Fabrique
Presented by Radio-Canada
TOHU, circular hall
“With only six degrees of separation, we are all connected. That means we, the performers, and you, the audience, are much closer than you think! On the stage, six envelopes contain six mysterious invitations for six strangers. The guests have arrived, but one is missing…”
Another company that has thrilled TOHU audiences many times since 2013 (Attrape-moi, Transit, Songe d’une nuit d’été, Blizzard), this merry band of prodigies has conquered the world. This time, a distinguished guest joins them: the irresistible virtuoso clown Jamie Adkins! There is no way anyone will be bored! A stunning acrobatic comedy of formidable ingenuity, SIX° makes the everyday extraordinary. SIX° is the sweet madness of waiting, the intricate beauty in a correspondence, joyful laughter, unexpected encounters and breathtaking feats of acrobatics.
For the first time in Montréal!
« But, we can’t stop wondering. What if the sixth person, the missing connection, was you?”
LES ÉTOILES TOMBERONT ★ by La Fratrie
Terrasse du Cirque du Soleil
At the end of the day, the show LES ÉTOILES TOMBERONT invites the audience to become immersed in the legends about the constellations to discover the grandiose tales of Cassiopeia, the Big Dipper and Orion. In this epic voyage, theatre, circus, dance and music intersect and blend in a contemporary adaptation of founding myths. Expressing a vibrant statement about community, LES ÉTOILES TOMBERONT is a story about power and rebirth, and is an invitation to rethink the world around us. With an impressive cast of fifteen artists, this exterior creation uses a larger-than-life mural in a production directed by Alex Trahan, and supported by the emeritus choreographer Lucie Vigneault.
Founded in 2016, La Fratrie produces multidisciplinary contemporary works. Building bridges between disciplines where there were once walls, it has given itself the mission to develop a unique, innovative language in a quest for excellence.
CABARET YAM! ★ by Productions Kalabanté
TOHU, under the big top
July 8-11 + July 15-17
Acrobatic feats combining daring with dexterity to the irresistible sounds of Western African dance beats is what awaits audiences at the upbeat CABARET YAM !, the brand-new creation of Productions Kalabanté, making its world premiere.
In this unique fusion that is as spectacular as it is inimitable, the meeting of cultures in the company of many musicians (African percussions, kora, saxophone), acrobats, singers and dancers is celebrated. One of the performers is the remarkable Yamoussa Bangoura, the multidisciplinary artist and founder of the company, which has been applauded for its performances in productions by Cirque Éloize, Cavalia and Cirque du Soleil.
“If you can talk, you can sing, if you can walk, you can dance.” This is the motto of Kalabanté, which has created a fiery, exotic summer evening event under the big top, a great burst of intoxicating joy and good feelings to be shared! Let the party begin!
BRANCHÉ ★ by Cirque Barcode and Acting for Climate Montreal
Presented by La Presse
Terrasse du Cirque du Soleil
July 8-11 + July 15-18
A spectacular celebration of nature and the power of community awaits festival-goers in the Cirque du Soleil gardens! Here, the trees become the theatre for the flights, lifts, ascents and frenzied movements of eight acrobat-dancers in this striking creation.
Each artist furiously pursues a quest for the ever higher, ever greater, a quest that is as frantic as it is risky, until the inevitable and brutal collapse occurs, provoking various breathtaking acrobatic falls! Realizing their needless febrility, they reconnect, both with others and their environment. Their bodies rise up, supporting each other, in an exquisite collective movement.
A collaboration between Cirque Barcode and Acting for Climate Montreal, BRANCHÉ is an engaged, eco-responsible show conceived to have the least amount of ecological impact possible. It evokes humanity’s current challenges and delivers a powerful message of hope. By working together, a sustainable future is within reach.
A perfect and astonishing symbiosis between mankind and nature!
FUN FUN FUN FUN FUN ★ by LION LION
Various outside spaces in the Plateau Mont-Royal and the Mile-End
From the balconies, alleyways and yards of the Plateau Mont-Royal and the Mile-End, over three distinct paths, various artists deliver their performances exploring the evocative and inexhaustible theme of fun! Spectators walk from one place to another for a fascinating multidisciplinary experience, lasting about an hour.
While a preconceived idea that associates circus to excitement and entertainment endures, nine creators experimentally and critically probe the notion of pleasure. From circus, dance, cinema and scenography, all the performers were chosen for the relevance of their approach and the esthetic richness of their worlds. Each visits pleasure through praise, derision, activism or even deconstruction. After the success of Se prendre in 2019, we eagerly welcome the newest creation of this daring company. An unpredictable experience for adventurous pedestrians! Presented as part of the “L’AUTRE CIRQUE” section of the Festival, this project is created in collaboration with La Chapelle, scènes contemporaines.
LE CABARET DU JUGEMENT DERNIER ★ by Le Monastère
Jardin du Centre St Jax
July 9-10 + July 15-17
During the event, audiences are expected at the Jardin
du Centre St Jax to discover various artistic jewels of contemporary circus.
At a very special circus cabaret — Le Jugement Dernier ! — festival-goers will see parade before their eyes, and those of the jury composed of the biggest local names in circus, the province’s best circus artists. Each will present their act in its purest form, as they imagined it, transporting the audience into their world. The numbers are sure to be strong and innovative as well as undeniably artistic and technically excellent. After enjoying the selection of performances, spectators are invited to speak out and vote for their favourite number! Who will win the Golden Chalice or be the Audience Favourite?
FREE OUTDOOR PROGRAMMING
As every year for the past 12, MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE will bring the city to life with outdoor programming that is as rich and varied as it is innovative! Since the creation of the Festival in 2010, the Quartier latin area of the Quartier des spectacles has been the heart of the festivities. Year after year, Saint-Denis Street is revamped, and this year, the area will undergo another impressive make over. From street furniture to shop windows, the circus arts will transform this emblematic artery. As well, a brand-new digital component will be added to the free programming for 2021. Not to mention that again this year, several MONTREAL NEIGHBOURHOODS will become COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE for an evening or a weekend! All the free outdoor programming details for this 12th year proudly associated with Loto-Québec, official presenter of the Festival, will be unveiled in June.
Tickets to the 2021 edition now on sale!
For more information, visit www.montrealcompletementcirque.com