.by Anura Guruge
1. The Hopkins Center Program For 2013/2014
>>— July 16, 2013.
2. FREE sneak preview of 2013/2014
>>— July 9, 2013.
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Think of it as an enchanting, ‘how-so-clever’, mix of:
Cirque du Soleil,
the French Canadian Glengarry Bhoys,
British Pantomime with occasional,
tantalizing touches of ‘Riverdance’
and some irreverent outhouse humor
thrown in for good measure!
does not do them enough justice.
If the Canadian government had any sense
(and therein may lie a problem)
they would immediately, and at once, declare
Cirque Alfonse a National Canadian Treasure.
Do you get the impression that I might have been ever so slightly impressed?
If so, you may be right.
As a quick search on ‘circus’ on this blog (>>>) will show, we are no strangers to good circuses. We go to at least one big circus (typically Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey) a year, without fail, and usually try to get in two (maybe three). We have seen two Cirque performances and plan to see a few more soon. So, you have to go the extra mile to suitably impress me and Devanee when it comes to circus acts.
Cirque Alfonse did that with aplomb.
We have seen a lot of juggling by world class troupes but their multi-person, ‘William Tell’ (and they do have some Swiss blood), hatchet juggling was amazing.
90 minutes of non-stop entertainment — without an intermission.
I was amazed. I am no stranger to Canada and I have NEVER
seen a bunch of Canadians work this hard and this cleverly
in my 25 years of working for and with Canadian companies.
[The ‘Alfonse’ refers to the area, north of Montreal, that they hail from (and hale indeed they are).]
They are going to be doing 3 local performances next year. You really should go see them.
Not much more I can really say that will do them more justice.
It was at the Dartmouth Hop. That alone says it all. They had to be crème de la crème just to make the Hop cut. The Hop only serves the best. I saw a ‘trailer’ for this Circus when we attended the July 18, 2013 ‘Program Preview’ at the Hop. I bought the tickets for last night the day they came on sale … in July or August, I think.
So, you too should watch a video of them, provided by them,
just to get an appreciation. Of course, they are on YouTube.
Yes, it is amazing given that they are Canadian,
but they even have a halfway decent Website.
At the very entertaining post-performance discussion, and all the pictures at the top were taken at that, I actually asked them about how they stop from getting dizzy. They do a LOT of non-stop spinning. Even the Dad — Grand-Dad. I was told, practice. Deanna was very impressed by the Dad and his ability to keep up with the kids.
The Dad smoked his pipe twice during the show. You could clearly smell the aromatic tobacco. First time in decades that I remember somebody actually smoking on stage. A sign of the time. They pretended to drink wine or hock. I think that that is permitted.
I know that they are Canadian, but they were performing in the U.S. OF ‘A’, and I was surprised that they got away without using the (OSHA?) mandated safety lines etc. I will have to check. IT was good that they didn’t have to use the safety lines but I was under the impression that they were mandatory. Hhhhmmmm.
Also, they had the baby, the son of two of the performers, on stage at 9:30. Hhhmmmm. I know that there are U.S. OF ‘A’ laws about young children on stage. I am sure the Hop complied. Just struck me. Sorry.