While it no longer uses performing elephants due to mounting animal rights pressures, this circus still thrills and delights.
The GCTC’s Irving Greenberg stage will be a place of flipping, tumbling, spinning, and otherwise moving improbably until Sunday night.
What are the first things that come to mind when you think of popular classical music? Waltzes. Epic movie scores. Broadway show-tunes. Circus acts. Wait, what? That was kinda my reaction when I found out about Cirque de la Symphonie, which opened last night at the National Arts Centre. According to the website: “Gasp at […]
40 minutes | Circus, Comedy, Drama | PG A performer comes out 10 minutes before the show opens to stretch. Anticipation builds as audience members try and find the perfect seat. Hopping from seat to seat like eager children, I empathize with them the lead-up to this show is exhilarating. As a green-clad woman, later revealed to […]
Post by Geneviève Gazaille AVATAR fans, this one is for you! Six years after the release of James Cameron’s blockbuster AVATAR, Cirque du Soleil is coming to Ottawa with its 37th production, TORUK – The First Flight. Inspired by Cameron’s movie, TORUK is a live multimedia experience written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor […]
By Philip Caunter 55 min | Circus, Comedy | Mature My experience with whatever culture crosses over from New Zealand suggests that they share a natural affinity with Canada. Geographically remote English speakers? Check. Sharing a region with a much larger country? Check. Goofy, self-deprecating sense of humour? Also check, judging by what Laser Kiwi […]
By Alex Katayama 60m | Circus, Comedy, Drama | PG Before we begin, The Red Shoes is not based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story of child mutilation and nightmare fuel (also known in European Standard English as a “fairy tale”). Instead, Moon Ballad Circus‘s The Red Shoes is an interpretation of a Baba Yaga story which coincidentally can also be considered nightmare fuel […]
Local company Moon Ballad Circus opens The Red Shoes, a theatrical fire show, at the Ottawa Fringe Festival on June 18th. Brian Carroll interviewed performers Zoe Georgaras and Sarah Healy about the show. What is The Red Shoes? Healy: The Red Shoes – it’s an old story that we read in a book called Women […]
The circus has come a long way since carnies and elephants. Now performances like Spiegelworld’s Empire incorporate traditional clowning slapstick and acrobatics with dirty language and mind-blowing acts from around the world. I don’t say this lightly: You have never seen anything like this before. As a huge fan of anything to do with the […]
When I was a kid, I wanted to join the circus. Not because I had a horrible life that I needed to escape from, quite the opposite. I had loving and indulging parents who encouraged me to join gymnastics and pursue acrobatics, but it wasn’t enough- I wanted to be Robin from Batman, without, of […]
Last night PSY, the new circus project from Les 7 Doigts de la Main, opened to an enraptured audience at the NAC theatre. The show features a dynamic and engaging mix of theatre, circus, and dance (not that kind of dance; the cool kind), and while the founding members of Les 7 Doigts are alumni of […]