L'autre cirque

Maxim Laurin + Gabrielle Martin + Basile Philippe + Clara Prezzavento et Luisina Rosas + Tristan Robquin

contemporary circus

Within / Beignade
© Roland Lorente


Thursday 11  
Friday 12  
Saturday 13  
Sunday 14  

MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE and La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines come together for the benefit of the other circus, the one that celebrates the hybridity of the approaches, that mixes and disguises, disturbs sometimes, renews always!

These outstanding evenings, at the edge of circus and other forms of expression, give carte blanche to artists who choose alternate creative pathways.

An opportunity to discover a circus that is different and enjoy new experiences!

What does it mean to hold onto or let go of one another in our “darkest hour”?

Limb(e)s is visceral aerial dance-theatre that uses an invented apparatus of rope cradles to suspend bodies in the limbo beyond loss. This duet explores our inherent dependency as social beings, the temporality of comfort in another, and the inevitable solitude at the core of our mortality. Limb(e)s combines emotionally raw physicality with a haunting original soundscape by Canadian composer Nicolas Bernier, and an evocative costume design of Kinbaku ropes by French designer Coline Dubois-Gryspeert. The result is a hypnotic, destabilizing narrative full of mourning, distant hope, and eerie beauty.



Limb(e)s has been created by Gabrielle Martin and Jeremiah Hughes under their new company, Ci.  Both artists have a primary formation in dance with complementary specialties in aerial work and stage combat. After four years of touring as principal characters on Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK - The First Flight, they have given themselves a carte blanche to explore the shadow-side of our human experience through their own hybrid of contemporary performance. 

In terms of the aerial components in Limb(e)s, Gabrielle and Jeremiah have defined their own vocabulary that evolves over the course of the performance. They have departed from aerial forms previously studied by inventing their own aerial apparatus and have take the creative process of Limb(e)s as an opportunity to shake from the habitual and redefine their bodies in ways that serve the narrative of the piece. 


Director: Gabrielle Martin

Choreography + Performance: Jeremiah Hughes + Gabrielle Martin

Costumes: Coline Dubois-Gryspeert

All music composed, performed and mixed by Nicolas Bernier

Including remixes from the release strings.lines published in 2010 by the label Cronica, composed and performed by Nicolas Bernier with violin performed by Chris Bartos and viola da gamba performed by Pierre-Yves Martel.  Also including remixes of the Les chambres de l'atelier composed by Nicolas Bernier and published on the CD Travaux mécaniques released in 2011 by the label empreintes DIGITALes.

The Limb(e)s would like to thank Conseil des arts du Canada for their support.
This show benefited from Résidences Ponctuelles de l’Espace Catastrophe //
Centre International de Création des Arts du Cirque (BE)
The show benefited also from a residency at Cirkör LAB (SE)

This piece is a trio for an acrobat, a donut and its center.

This piece is about circus.

This piece is about acrobatics.

Within / Beignade is a short play starring the relationship of the object and the acrobat. We see a man and two mattresses live, create and share thanks to the acrobatic movement and the inane situations in which they evolve.

Within / Beignade is a time, a place, a freedom. But it is also a survival, a loneliness and a lack.

Within / Beignade II this is our current manifesto, that of our now, and this will be until the next.

• Creator / performer: Basile Philippe
• Outside look / activator: Peter James
• Light creation: Félix Philippe

« Je vous précise... si vous êtes un artiste à salons, pour salons, pour patronages, pour Cellules, pour Ambassades, pour Cinéma, vous vous présentez comment ?... En habit, pardi !... en bel uniforme !... c'est entendu ! en chromo !... il le faut !... mais si vous êtes côté : lyrique ?... né lyrique ?... réellement lyrique !... alors, ça va plus !... y a plus de costumes pour votre nature !... nerfs à vif, qu'il faut vous lancer, vous présenter !... vos nerfs à vif !... les vôtres !... pas les nerfs d'autrui !... oh, là, non ! bien les vôtres !... plus qu'à poil !... à vif !... plus que « tout nu » !... et tout votre « je » en avant !... hardi !... pas de tricheries ! »

- Louis-Ferdinand Céline (Entretiens avec le Professeur Y)

D'un corps débile is the pretext of an initiatory Odyssey, of a long journey to the discovery of oneself. To the discovery of the secret. It is enthusiasm without cold, the will to find the secret and the little God who is in us by the same incantation. It is a raw and wild test where mysticism and aesthetics do not embrace without tumult.


Ideation and performance : Tristan Robquin
Outside eye : Peter James
Music - Louis-Ferdinand Céline (RÈGLEMENTS) - Choeur de l'Armée Rouge (Chant du régiment Drozdovski) - Stockhausen (Studie I)

La mort d'un cerf-volant is a circus piece, more specifically of a German wheel. The artists, two girls, evolve following a cycle, always the same, which evolves at each recovery: that of mourning. Shock, denial, anger, sadness, resignation, acceptance, rebuilding. Their bodies speak of this mourning, the mourning of someone, the mourning of childhood, the mourning of convictions, the mourning of lost battles, the mourning of despair; they move, and say all those things for which we simply do not have words for.

They go through these cycles, always alternately - they share the load. Where they meet is in the game. They play, to forget a little, or rather to keep the mind healthy, and sometimes the disc bogged down and they continue to play, stubbornly.

This piece speaks of the courage to keep your eyes open when what you see is unbearable. Their goal is to keep each other awake, not to let the other fall asleep, or to hide the face. They have the will to open, to erase all the borders. A human experience, in itself, as simple as it is complex: sad things that make you laugh, funny things that make you cry. It is this experience that they ultimately make together.

A discreet sentry enlightens two men, so far, so close, towards this quest for balance and harmony which is always so fragile.

The rocking, in the center of the stage, at the heart of the work, privileged witness of their meeting, magnifies their physical capacities, propels them in the theatricality of the bodies, in the fertile game of the flight, in the provocation of the fall… In this circular space, purified, with a live sound window, Ugo and Max, go to meet the other, inviting the past and the future, in the present!

The curtain rises, the curtain falls, the circle closes ... This moment, the shared one, reveals a singular trio, draws a unique triangle in current circus colors: The ghost light.

• Artist initiator of the project, designer: Maxim Laurin, Ugo Dario
• Musician-composer of the project: Félix Boisvert
• Principal collaborator of the project, designer: Nico Lagarde