It is not a secret, Montreal is the world capital of circus and one of the busiest scenes in the city is TOHU-the ultra-modern performance centre for circus arts located in St-Michel. Lonely Planet wrote recently that if you decide to take a "jaunt to Montréal's circus mecca in its working-class St-Michel district, be prepared to be wowed." The enthusiasm of the largest travel adviser is not without reason. Starting this week until March 3th with the hosting of the artists from the 34th Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, TOHU is offering again a great show to its guests.
16 artists from seven countries, who competed this January at the Festival in Paris, perform a two-hour show of acrobatics and comic sketches under the live music of François Morel's orchestra. The show is an absolute spectacle-dangerous performances, dazzling juggling, lots of surprises, comedy and fun. At times, the public becomes a part of the show thanks to the master of ceremony, Calixte de Nigremont, who not only moderates the spectacle but communicates with the audience with a pleasant Voltairean wit.
The Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain was founded in France in 1977 by Isabelle and Dominique Mauclair. Since its creation, each year it has been offering a stage for young circus artists from different countries who perform their acts before an international jury and public. The idea for the festival came from the "Theory of hundred amusements" of the ancient Chinese emperor Wu-Di who loved to entertain guests and foreign ambassadors at his court.
The present artistic director of the Festival is Pascal Jacob, and its president is Alain Pacherie.
Learn more about the show at the websites of TOHU and Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain