Circus arts company has entertaining lineup for families

TOHU will be showcasing both local stars and renowned global productions in its upcoming season with many leaps and somersaults by acrobats

TOHU circus arts will have entertainment for the whole family this season

Photo credit: Richard Haughton

Leaping, bounding, somersaulting, and swinging into its 16th season, TOHU will have a little something for everyone. The circus arts company will be showcasing both local stars and renowned global productions in its upcoming season.

The fall will be filled with world-class circus performances for all ages, including 12 main stage shows and a multitude of other activities and productions.

It kicks off Sept. 24 to 29 with Un poyo rojo, a comedic Argentinian production co-presented with the Centaur Theatre. The show features dance and acrobatics and follows an interaction between a quirky, comedic duo who make fun of their male identities.

Cirque Alfonse, a Quebec company fresh off an international tour, will return Oct. 2 to 12 with Tabarnak, a fiesta of circus and music with religious undertones.

From Nov. 5 to 10, families can take in the Australian production Humans, presented by Circa. This internationally renowned show prompts the audience to question what it means to be human through a mixture of acrobatics and contemporary dance.

From Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, Destins Croisés will present oZe, an abstract dance production based on The Wizard of Oz that features urban and contemporary dancers, circus artists and parkour performers. This show is free, and fun for the whole family, especially young children.

Besides shows, families can attend a variety of other activities, exhibitions and workshops. On Saturday, Sept. 28, the activity Acrobates du ciel will be open to the public for free, where people will have the chance to observe birds of prey in flight.  Also on this day, the 23rd edition of Journées de la culture will stop by TOHU with free activities and exhibitions, including a meet-and-greet with circus performers.

In the New Year, families can choose from many other productions, including some that are geared towards a younger audience. Glob, presented by Les Foutoukours, will run from April 8 to 13. It mixes clowns, theatre and acrobatics in a family-friendly performance.

Families might also enjoy Hotel Paradiso, a production from Germany by Familie Floz making its North American premiere from April 28 to May 3. In this comedic act, masked characters cannot talk, smile, laugh, or frown, and must communicate only through physical actions.

Performances are $15 for kids and between $17 and $33 for adults, depending on the show. A student rate is also offered. TOHU Montreal is located on 2345 Jarry St. E. in St. Michel.

For more information, visit tohu.ca.

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