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March 20, 2014

An operatic Hansel and Gretel meet the circus

Danse Danse, Grands Ballets Canadiens, Scapegoat Carnivale and Centaur present new offerings

MONTREAL — Unique dance, opera, theater and stage offerings abound in Montreal.


Winding down at the Centaur Theatre is “Motherhouse” by David Fennario. The play, based in the Montreal working-class neighborhood of Verdun, explores the Irish immigrants who arrived at the turn of the century to work in a munitions factory during World War I. It’s presented through March 23.

The next main production is “4000 Miles.” After a cross-country bicycle trip, young Leo shows up at the Greenwich Village doorstep of his left-wing 91-year-old grandmother. It runs March 25 through April 20.

The Centaur then hosts a Geordie Production double bill of “The Iliad” April 5 through 13 followed by “The Odyssey” May 10 through 18.

At 453 St. Francois Xavier St. in Old Montreal. Call (514) 288-3161 or visit


Les Grands Ballets Canadiens offers a return engagement of “Rodin/Claudel,” their original production that tells of the torrid romance of French sculptors Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel. The performances continue tonight through March 22. Tickets cost $53 to $117. Visit


Atelier Lyrique, Opera de Montreal’s joint venture that features up-and-coming opera students, presents “Hansel and Gretel.” The colorful production, which tells of the adventures of two young children who get lost in the forest, combines the cast and crew from Orchestre Metropolitain, the National Theatre School of Canada, and, for the first time, the National Circus School. It’s presented March 22, 25, 27 and 29. Tickets cost $21 to $80. Visit


Montreal’s Danse Danse presents “Songs of the Wanderers” performed by the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. The show comes complete with 24 dancers and a string of Georgian songs. It’s all inspired by the Herman Hesse novel “Siddhartha.”

Perhaps the most amazing feat: the company employs some 3.5 tons of rice raked and smoothed in a Zen garden sandbox style onstage during the performance. Incidentally, all that rice is recycled and travels along on the tour, the press release says.

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