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June 26, 2014

Circus back in town: Montreal Festival turns 5

MONTREAL — There’s big fun to be had under this big top.

La Tohu, the city’s premiere circus venue, presents its fifth edition of the Montreal Cirque Festival, a unique event entirely devoted to the circus arts from July 2 through 13. The event combines free and ticketed circus performances from all over the world with more than 80 performances and events at one dozen locations throughout the city.

La Tohu’s main venue in the St. Michel neighborhood plays home to many events and many free events are hosted in the Latin Quarter at Place Emilie Gamelin and along St. Denis Street. 

Here’s what to expect.

• Opening the festival is Les 7 Doigts de la Main, a Quebec-based circus troupe and a La Tohu favorite, who present their newest show “Intersection.” The all-ages show explores crossing paths — both physically and figuratively — all set on a 360-degree stage. “Intersection” is presented at La Tohu July 2 through 13. Tickets range from $30 to $49.

• Chicago-based Midnight Circus makes their Canadian debut with “Big Tent ... Small Shoulders,” which offers the likes of trapeze acts, contortionists, even skipping — all set to the sounds of a master spinning DJ. “Big Tent” is presented July 4 through 13. Tickets range from 18 to $38.

• Hailing from Australia, Gravity & Other Myths offers “A Simple Space” where eight daring acrobats defy gravity with a little hint of humor. It’s presented July 9 through 12 at Agora de la Danse. Tickets cost $18 to $40.

• Next, where there’s a pool, there’s definitely some water. And where there’s water, there’s Cirque Barolosolo, a French-based two-clown team who present their show “Ile O.” The duo literally get their feet wet as they perform in a shallow pool of ankle-deep water. But BYORC — bring your own rain coat — as some audience members are bound to get a little wet, too. It’s presented at Maison Theatre July 8 through 13. Tickets range from $18 to $27.

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