Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA chooses freedom in Montréal

Posted on April 12th, 2017 by .

In story and in impact, Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA is a jolt to the system. Nothing less than the world’s best acrobats, artistic performers and urban action-sports athletes thrill this spring and summer under the Big Top in Montréal’s Old Port.

High-energy adventure meets a spectacular quest for freedom and the meaning of life in Cirque du Soleil’s newest show. Creatively directed by youthful, highly experienced Cirque talents Bastien Alexandre and Jean Guibert, VOLTA, takes us on a wild, colourful and sometimes gritty journey of transformation populated by Free Spirits, city-dwelling Greys and Elites and our inquiring hero, gameshow host Waz.

From its awe-inspiring sets and costumes to a cinematic orchestral score composed by M83‘s Anthony Gonzalez, VOLTA immerses us in a world that is both familiar and supernatural. To get a feel for the show’s dynamism, read on to see how three of VOLTA’s awe-inspiring circus artists have hit all-new heights with Cirque.

Elena Suárez as the ballerina of Volta.

An award-winning Spanish ballet dancer, Elena toured Spain with the Boston Ballet and appeared in several TV shows and films before joining Cirque in 2012. In a choreographic twist, she performs a duet in VOLTA with a BMX freestyle biker, one of many who add the daring realm of action sports to Cirque du Soleil.

Paola Franschini as Ela.

A gold-medalist artistic rollerskater at the world, European and national levels, Paola performs a complex choreography on skates in VOLTA, surrounded by the show’s Free Spirits, captivating Waz with her colourfully expressive nature and disrupting the Greys’ patterns.

Dina Sok as a featured acrobat.

A star alumni of Cambodia’s performing arts school Phare Ponleu Selpak, Dina and classmate Nem Sopha became the first Cambodians to graduate from the National Circus School of Montréal’s five-year program in 2016. Dina shines on VOLTA’s tight wire, Chinese hoops and highline.


Cirque du Soleil aims to exceed all expectations with its 41st original show, pairing Olympic-level acrobatics with parkour and jump rope performances, classical dance with trial bike riding and bungee jumping. Experience all the joys and thrills of VOLTA under the big top in Montréal April 20 to July 23, 2017.

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