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December 12, 2013

Montreal stage set for unique holiday performances

MONTREAL — The holiday season brings with it unique stage performances.

Here are a few Montreal productions not to miss.

La Tohu, Montreal’s premier circus arts venue, presents “Traces” by the circus troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main. The family-friendly show enjoyed its debut at La Tohu in 2006 and has since traveled the world garnering rave reviews in the likes of Time Magazine and The New York Times. The updated show returns to La Tohu and features a band of seven performers who, when in the face of destruction, opt to live in the here and now the way they know best — through music, song and high-flying acrobatics.

It runs various dates from Dec. 17 through 31. Adult tickets range from $32 to $48, with discounts for seniors and youths. At 2345 Jarry St. E. Call (514) 376-8648 or visit www.tohu.ca.

More circus fun can be had by the masters of the art with the colorful return engagement of the Cirque du Soleil production of “Varekai” at the Bell Centre Dec. 20 through 30. The show explores a reinvention of the myth of Icarus, a character in Greek mythology who escapes Crete on a pair of fashioned wings but falls to Earth by flying too close to the sun. Tickets cost $62 to $191. Tickets are available at www.evenko.ca.

The lyrics may be different, but the tunes and melodies are as memorable as a cherished holiday memory. “Decembre” (December) is a lush stage musical production that offers classic takes on seasonal Christmas carols — all sung in French. “Decembre” is performed at Place des Arts on various dates beginning tonight through Dec. 29. Adult tickets range from $49.50 to $84. Call the PDA box office at (514) 842-2112 or visit www.pda.qc.ca.

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens presents the perennial holiday favorite “The Nutcracker” on various dates beginning tonight through Dec. 30. This year’s edition offers a Montreal milestone as it celebrates the 50th anniversary of Fernand Nault’s version of the classic tale. Nault was a former GBC co-artistic director and resident choreographer who brought his unique vision to “Nutcracker,” which has since become a Montreal mainstay for the past five decades. Adult tickets range from $63 to $124. Call the PDA box office at (514) 842-2112 or visit www.pda.qc.ca.

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