Welcome to the topsy-turvy, titillating world of Montréal Complètment Cirque! Although only 4 years old, it has rapidly earned its stripes as a must-see amid the dizzying array of Montreal summer festivals. Bringing together acts from all over the world, the city’s circus festival will redefine what you thought you knew about circus arts... and if you never thought about them at all - well now's your big chance!
It runs until the 14th, so you still have a few days to witness some of the action. I'm working on a video of the fest, so here are some footage stills and a few suggestions (click on highlighted titles for dates/times/tickets).
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If you find yourself grabbing a drink on Rue Emery around 6:30, you will be treated to the combination of two things very Montréalais: the terrace and a good flash mob. Nothing can adequately prepare you for a flood of 40 acrobats as they take over the street, weaving in and out of crowds, tumbling, flipping and sweeping over terraces, all beckoning you - dear spectator – to Babel, a truly awesome show at Place Émilie Gamelin outside Berri metro (7pm & 10pm).
CARPE DIEM (also free!)
When I was a kid, I went to the Verdun circus school, and to this day, at least in my head, I can still walk on stilts. Other wannabes can try their hand(s) on the trapeze at Parc Jean Drapeau from July 11th through 14th for a show and a free lesson with Cirque Carpe Diem.
CIRCA - “S”
If you’re going to see any show, this should be it. The world-renowned Australian troupe Circa returns to Montreal with "S"… a breathtakingly seductive and transcendent performance. At times funny, always surprising, and impossibly intimate, I would see it again in a heartbeat.
FLIP FABRIQUE – “Attrape Moi”
Québec’s own gem. Six young acrobats, all at the top of their game, have reimagined a summer reunion at a chalet in this amazingly creative and clever show. This is one of my favourites, and it seems I’m not alone, as two more dates have just been added for an extended run.
FABRIQUE MÉTAMORPHOSIS - Ironworkers Local 777
Conceptualized within the unique framework of the SAT, this one’ll turn you upside-down. Immersed in a 360 degree projection dome, the constantly rotating imagery casts the acrobats and audience alike in psychedelic light and sound – imagine being a goldfish on the Jimi Hendrix Experience tour. Can’t say I’ve ever seen anything quite like it.
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Although I have yet to go, I’ve heard great things about Cirque Éloize’s “Music-Hall de La Baronesse” – a cabaret style show celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary at l’Olympia.
There's plenty of free stuff happening outdoors over the weekend (13th & 14th) at Place Émilie Gamelin outside Berri metro (same spot as Babel). So if you need another reason to fall in love with Montreal, check out the programming HERE and I'll see you soon.