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TIMBER ! The show
Europe Tour 2014
|31 octobreOctober 31||Genk (Belgique)||Theatre C-Mine|
|1 et 2 novembreNovember 1-2||Illkirch-Graffenstaden (France)||Théâtre l’Illiade|
|4, 5 et 6 novembreNovember 4-6||Angoulème (France)||Le Théâtre|
|8 novembreNovember 8||Mont-de-Marsan (France)||Pôle culturel du Marsan|
|14, 15 et 16 novembreNovember 14-16||Viseu (Portugal)||Teatro Viriato|
|21 et 22 novembreNovember 21-22||Lisboa (Portugal)||Teatro Sao Luiz|
|28, 29 et 30 novembreNovember 28-30||Porto (Portugal)||Teatro Nacional São João|
|5 et 6 décembreDecember 5-6||Yutz (France)||L’Amphy|
|10, 11, 12, 13 et 14 décembreDecember 10-14||Espoon (Finlande)||Espoo City Theatre|
|16 décembreDecember 16||Douai (France)||Hippodrome de Douai|
|18 décembreDecember 18||Colombes (France)||Théâtre l’Avant Seine|
|21 au 31 décembreDecember 21-31||London (UK)||Southbank Center: Buy tickets|
|2, 3 et 4 janvierJanuary 2-4||Brighton (UK)||The Brighton Dome|
Sydney festival 2015
|du 8 au 18 janvier 2015January 8-18||Sydney, Australia||Riverside Theatres|
You can almost smell the fresh-cut pine logs and the sweat of lumberjacks as you watch them jiving to a traditional folk soundtrack. The young circus troupe hails from a small town called Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez and they have clearly drawn upon their country roots to find inspiration and energy for this unique creative project. Timber !, is clearly off the beaten track. The show’s creators designed unusual acrobatic apparatus inspired directly from the forestry resources available on their real-life family farm. The experience feels and smells authentic. The artists perform incredible feats of aerial acrobatics that are directly inspired by the natural raw materials of the forest and the equipment used on the farm. The atmosphere is hyper-festive. The talented acrobats and musicians create a colourful, energetic scene where we can witness epic feats of agility and strength, inspired by the exploits of the first North-American lumberjacks, loggers and farmers.
Timber ! On stage
- Antoine Carabinier Lépine
- Jonathan Casaubon
- Francis Roberge
- Matias Salmenaho
- Julie Carabinier Lépine
- Alain Carabinier
- Josianne Laporte
- David Simard
- André Gagné
- Touring Technicians
- Sound and Technical director : Lionnel Dechamps
- Light operator: Jean-Louis "Jello" Robert
- Director: Alain Francoeur
- Musical Composers: David Boulanger and David Simard
- Lights Conception and Set Designer: Nicolas Descôteaux
THE COMPANY AND THE SHOW’S CREATORS
Cirque Alfonse is a young circus company from Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez in the province of Quebec, established in 2005. Its founding members have all worked with some of the most renowned “nouveau cirque” companies around the world. This young company is comprised of a team of professional acrobats graduated from the École nationale de cirque de Montréal, as well as a professional dancer, an ex-skiing champion and three talented and versatile musicians. This brave and creative group of young performers is blazing a creative path that no one has yet dared to explore, blending the arts and techniques of the circus and infusing them with the most picturesque facets of traditional Quebec folklore.
The story starts in 2005 when the Cirque Alfonse project is created and first takes shape. In 2006, the company launches its first show La Brunante. The show is of short duration but it serves as a very successful first experience. It will later become the foundation for Timber ! After La Brunante, the members of the company each pursue their own solo careers with Montreal’s Les 7 doigts de la main, the Cirque du Soleil, Cirkus Cirkör of Sweden, the Cirque Starlight of Switzerland and the Montreal dance company Bouge de là, before starting work in 2010 on their second creative project, a new show called Timber !
ANTOINE CARABINIER-LÉPINE - Acrobat
Antoine received his diploma from the École nationale de cirque de Montréal in the year 2000. A multidisciplinary artist and virtuoso, he is excels on the German wheel, the Cyr wheel, the Ladder, general acrobatics, juggling and music. Over the past 11 years, Antoine has collaborated on numerous shows and artistic projects: Cirque Éloize’s Nomade and Cirque Orchestra, Cirkus Cirkör’s show 99% Unknown, the Cirque du Soleil’s Celebrity Cruise Project, Maskarade by the Copenhagen Royal Opera and Traces by the troupe 7 doigts de la Main.
JULIE CARABINIER LÉPINE - Dancer
Julie hails from the town of Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez. At the age of 8 she was initiated into the world of classical ballet, but she later became fascinated by modern dance and theatre. She signed up for the LADMMI contemporary dance school, where in 2003 she received her diploma in contemporary dance interpretation. She went on to dance for noted choreographers Sonia Biernath, Manuel Roque, Mélanie Demers, Amélie Lévesque Demers and for the dance company Bouge de là with Hélène Langevin, as well as the Mandala Sitù company. Julie developed a passion for the tango of Argentina and she loved to sing, until she discovered the circus! In 2007, she left on a European tour with the Swiss circus company Salto Natale, and since then she has participated in several other projects.
JONATHAN CASAUBON - Acrobat
From the age of 7 Jonathan has been somersaulting and perfecting his flips in the family garden. From a very young age, Jonathan was a regular at his neighbourhood gymnastics club, and within a few years of coaching he was able to reach competitive levels. He went on to practice this discipline for the next 10 years of his life. Soon after obtaining his diploma in 2000 from the École nationale de cirque de Montréal, specializing in teeterboard and trampoline, Jonathan flew off to Switzerland to teach the circus arts before joining the Starlight Circus as circus artist and work as Assistant to the Artistic Director during 4 years. Jonathan then joined the Cirque du Soleil where he developed into a highly regarded multidisciplinary artist. In 2007, he participated in the Salto Natale show of the prestigious Swiss circus Knie and he later collaborated on the Trace show presented by the troupe Les 7 doigts de la main.
FRANCIS ROBERGE - Acrobat
Francis was born in a small hamlet named Tewkesbury, in the Quebec City region. One of his earlier jobs was on a horse farm where he acquired many different trades, some related to lumberjacks. His love of rafting drove him to become a guide and to be part of the Canadian national team. Always willing to push beyond his limits and challenge himself, he became captivated with the circus arts and started his training at the Quebec City Circus School where he specialized in hand to hand, banquine and axe handling. He then gained experience with different projects and shows like the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, Ex Machina, Les Chemins Invisibles and Compagnie Rasposo.
MATIAS SALMENAHO - Acrobat
Born in Finland where forest and loggers are quite common too, Matias has graduated from the National School of circus and variety in Kiev in 2006 as an acrobat and juggler. Since then he has participated to numerous productions in Finland and Sweden on own creations and companies as Cirkus Cirkör (SE) on the show Undermän and Cirque Aïtal from France
ALAIN CARABINIER - Comedian
Alain was born in Switzerland and his early years were busy with competitive alpine skiing and soccer. He travelled, performed and worked around the world before settling down in Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, where he actively participates in the community life of this small town of the Lanaudière region of Québec. Alain is a soccer trainer and a designer of circus shows that really showcase the immense talent of the young circus performers of the troupe.
JOSIANNE LAPORTE - Musician
Josianne started studying and practicing classic percussion at the age of 8. After receiving her diploma in Music from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2001, she went on tour with the musicians Gino Vanelli, Dan Bigras and Isabelle Boulay. During 5 years, she travelled around the world as a musician in Cirque Éloize’ show Nomade. Over the last several years, Josianne has gained much experience in numerous television shows. She was also part of the music group François Roy et les As de la Frime, an up-and-coming rock group that received second prize at the Festi Rock Festival of Richmond. In 2006, she participated in creating Cirque Alfonse’s La Brunante show.
DAVID SIMARD - Musician
David studied violin and jazz interpretation at the Saint-Laurent College before joining the traditional music group La part du quêteux, a show which won the Best Album award for Traditional Music at the Folk Canadian Music Awards in 2007. He went on to work with the famous Quebec group La Bottine souriante as a violinist. He joined the Cirque Alfonse in 2006.
ANDRE GAGNE - Musician
André is a musician and singer from the Lanaudière region of the province of Quebec. This region has been named “the national capital of call and response singing”. He studied Jazz Guitar at the St-Laurent College. He is a founding member of the traditional Quebecois music group “La Giroflée”, with whom he has travelled on tour throughout his native Quebec as well as in Europe, with their recent album J’ai dans la mémoire. In 2006, André participated in creating the first circus show of the troupe Alfonse, La Brunante, including the musical arrangements. Now he is very pleased to join the Alphonse team once again for its latest opus, Timber !
ALAIN FRANCOEUR - Director
Alain has a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts from the UQAM in 1986. He first worked as a dance artist and an actor in experimental theatre before moving on to becoming director and choreographer. Alain is interested in the interdisciplinary aspects of art and of the performing arts in his artistic development and creativity. In 1988, he joined the celebrated theatre troupe Carbonne 14 as a performance artist in their show called Le Dortoir. He later danced for several other companies. Alain directed the well-loved show Cirque Orchestra by Cirque Éloize, and he also created choreographies for several dance troupes, among them L’Agora de la danse of Montréal. He also directed Cirque Alfonse’s La Brunante show.
NICOLAS DESCÔTEAUX - Light and Set Designer
Since the day he received his diploma from the theatre program of the Sainte-Thérèse College in 1992, Nicolas has designed more than sixty lighting creations. He has worked with internationally renowned creators and artists such as Robert Lepage, Marie Chouinard, Kristian Fredric, Denis Marleau and Daniele Finzi Pasqua. Recently, Nicolas worked on several creative projects with the Cirque Eloize and the Cirque du Soleil.
Mandatory Mention: Cirque Alfonse wished to thank Le Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec for their support in the creation and touring of Timber !
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