Troupes and performers from near and far take the cultural metropolis by storm for a summer event not to be missed.
Circus shows come in all shapes and sizes at the 6th edition of MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE – Expect to be amazed and delighted by international and local performers doing what they do best in a city known to push the limits of circus.
MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE, July 2–12, 2015.
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HOW TO GET THERE
For downtown show venues, take the Métro to Place-des-Arts (Green Line) or Berri-UQAM (Orange, Green, Yellow Lines), and walk along Sainte-Catherine Street. For La Tohu, located at 2345 Jarry East (north of Highway 40 and east of Papineau Avenue), take the Métro Blue Line to Iberville station and bus 94 North, or the Métro Orange Line to Jarry station and bus 193 East. If driving, pay parking is available on site.
WHAT TO BRING
A sense of humour to go with your sense of adventure.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
A fear of clowns.
WHAT TO WEAR
Sunglasses, sunscreen and silly hats for daytime outdoor shows. Casual chic for indoor shows – It may be the circus, but it’s still stylish Montréal.
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
JULY 2 / Opening night of Duets, the festival’s new outdoor show at Place Émilie-Gamelin – 50 acrobats perform on a 55-foot-high scaffolding tower and multiple stages, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. every night of the festival (except July 6).
JULY 4-5 / Week-End Saint-Michel welcomes kids of all ages to join in circus activities and shows, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at La Tohu, and Week-End Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve takes over the outdoor Esplanade of the Olympic Stadium.
JULY 5 / Go behind the scenes of the circus in Grazing the Sky, a moving documentary by Horacio Alcala, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts at 2 p.m. Later, see excerpts from Charlie Chaplin films accompanied by live drummers at 9 p.m. at Place Émilie-Gamelin.
JULY 5, 11 and 12 / Barcelona’s 150 Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia visit different outdoor sites to build an eight-story Human Tower from Spain. Yes, a tower made entirely of human beings balancing together – don’t miss this inspiring feat.
JULY 8 / Relax at the festival’s Plateau Mont-Royal Evening at Jeanne-Mance Park (adjacent to Mount Royal Park), with interactive workshops, parades and The Magmanus show, starting at 6:30 p.m.
JULY 10-11 / Saint-Denis Street in the Latin Quarter closes to traffic at 5 p.m. with a chance to try the tightrope, trapeze and more, followed by performances including the interactive Les Minutes COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE. Meanwhile at Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Week-ends du Monde acrobats and circus performers put on impromptu shows, lead workshops and rove through the park all day.
INDOOR SHOW PICKS
Beyond, by Circa – This celebrated and sexy Australian company plunges us into another charming fantasy world of its own creation, with feats of strength and beauty unlike anything seen before.
BARBU foire électro trad, by Cirque Alfonse – A hit at last year’s festival, this Québec troupe returns to throw an even bigger politically-incorrect multi-media party with wall-to-wall humour and music.
The Pianist, by Circo AerEo – New Zealander Thomas Monckton and Finnish company Circo AerEo capture the spirit of slapstick silent film and absurd clowning in a critically-lauded family-friendly production centred around a grand piano.
Quien Soy?, by El Nucleo – Strength and drama combine in this Colombian acrobatic duo’s first international show, drawing on its rigorous training at Centre National des Arts du Cirque of Châlons-en-Champagne.
Warm, by Centre Dramatique National De Haute-Normandie – An intense acrobatic show that literally warms the theatre as it builds to a sweaty climax.
Machine de Cirque, by Machine de Cirque – Five guys ham it up around a machine tailor-made for circus antics and far-out acrobatics in a musical comedy that will delight both children and adults.
The stunning equestrian and acrobatic theatrical experience Odysseo by Cavalia joins the festival as an “Off COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE” show. For anyone who loves horses, Odysseo is an absolute must-see, featuring more than 70 horses and circus-artist riders on a massive stage with a real carousel and lake, all under a 38-metre-tall white Big Top.
IMPORTANT ON-SITE INFO
Food – Along with numerous downtown and Plateau area restaurant options, from Chinatown’s affordable eats to sunny-day terrasses and ice cream shops, food trucks will be parked at Place Émilie-Gamelin and most outdoor sites.
Bathrooms – Bathrooms are available on site at all outdoor and indoor venues.
Shopping – Minutes away from Place Émilie-Gamelin and several festival venues are some of the city’s best shopping districts – Find uniquely Montréal items, including designer t-shirts, caps, jewellery and bags in Old Montréal, Sainte-Catherine and Saint-Denis Streets, and Du Mont-Royal Avenue.