Welcome on the 2023 edition Jours de cirque program!

Discover the detailed program of the different shows and performances scheduled between May 23rd and June 10th and come share unique circus moments offered by the students to the higher education ✨ ✨

June 1st - 4th 202 7:30pm


Our world is at once catastrophic, apocalyptic and marvelous. It is both at the same time. Everything is faster, everything is more rewarding, and everything is more dramatic.” – Paul Virilio (1932-2018) Urbanist, essayist and ideator of dromology: the study of the role played by speed in modern societies.

The Anthropocene is a new geological epoch characterized by the advent of humans as the main force of change on Earth, surpassing geophysical forces.

Like archaeologists of the future, we will go in search of what we once were. Individually and together. The show is a poetic journey through geological layers, from the bowels of the Earth to the stratosphere.

A metaphor on the memory of our passages and the marks we have left. On others. On the people we love or have loved.
What will remain of us. The beautiful and the ugly. Intimate and collective.

The 2023 graduation show of the École de cirque de Québec, from June 1st to 4th at 7:30pm.

Maxime Perron

Since graduating from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Québec in 2006, Maxime Perron has worked as a performer in more than twenty theatrical, television and film productions. In 2019, his performance in the sepctacle Chapitres de la chute: La saga des Lehman Brothers will be recognized by a nomination for the Paul-Hébert award and the AQCT awards.

In 2013, he presented a first draft of his text at Les Chantiers: Encore une histoire de Zombies – pis ça se passe icitte, an anticipation story set in a referendum context. In 2019, he will direct the creation of the show by the graduates of the École de cirque de Québec: Catastrophe ultraviolette. He proposes an aesthetic universe inspired by the codes of quantum physics. Bringing together more than 40 artists, this project allowed him to develop his creative leadership and represented his first step towards the integration of science fiction themes into the performing arts.

In 2020, he collaborates with the Théâtre du gros mécano and the Machine de cirque company as a director. These collaborations gave birth to the shows: Es-tu là même si t’es pas là? a show for young audiences that takes a tender look at space exploration and Errances: 1916 le second brasier, an itinerary based on an uchronistic narrative.

In parallel to these productions, in 2017, he discovered video directing and working behind the camera, directing interviews, artistic works and fictional sketches, among others. In 2022, he founded the theatrical creation company L’homme qui a vu l’ours. The company’s first production, L’inframonde, will be presented in the spring of 2023 at Théâtre Premier acte and will be warmly received by the public and critics.

Christophe BétournayHandstands
Andréanne Careau, Trio trapeze
Kelly Demers, Trio trapeze
Laurence Desgagnés-Gagné, Aerial hoop
Naomi Eddy, Contortion
Amélie Granger, Tightrope walking
Arthur isoir, Unicycle
Julie Levrat, Static trapeze
Noée Mercier, Chinese pole
Matis Motteau, Cyr wheel
Celeste Murman, Chinese pole
Raphaëlle Pépin, Dance trapeze
Juliette Régnier, Straps
Léa Rodriguez, Handstands
Sophia Taraman, Handstands
Catherine Turcotte-Girouard, Trio trapeze
Carl Turner, Straps
Lydia Valkyrie Napier, Aerial hoop

Disciplines featured in the show:

  • trio trapeze
  • cyr wheel
  • chinese pole
  • handstands
  • unicycle
  • straps
  • trapeze
  • clown…

Direction | Maxime Perron

Scénography and costumes | Marianne Lebel

Lighting | Bruno Matte

Make-up design | Nathalie Simard

Technical director and sound operator | Mathieu Hudon

Lighting operator | Alexandre Daoust

Sound operator | Vincent Néron

General management | Rodolphe St-Arneault

Head rigger | Patrice Dubé

Rigger | information coming

HIGH SCHOOL CIRCUS SHOW Friday, June 9th (7:30pm) and Saturday, June 10th 2023 (2:30pm)


The passage from childhood to adolescence, from adolescence to adulthood, what are the defining moments of a life?

Friday, June 9 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, June 10 at 2:30 pm.

Anne-Fay Audet-Johnston

Anne-Fay Audet Johnston is a circus artist born in Quebec City. She specializes in swinging trapeze and hand balancing. She cultivated her interest in the circus through professional training at the National Circus School from 2006 to 2009. She has since explored the many faces of professional circus in Canada and internationally. She has participated in several contemporary circus creations, including Cie les Confins, directed by Kevin McCoy, Bianco by the company Nofit State, directed by Firenza Guidi, Féria by Flip Fabrique, directed by Olivier Normand. She has also worked with the Kikasse circus, the Piece of Mind collective, the 7 Doigts de la Main, the Haut-Vol productions, the Cirque de la Pointe-Sèche and the Cirque Éloize and the Cirque du Soleil for special events.

Maélie Cassivi
Florentina Herrera
Kelly Braga Jomphe
Rose Michaud
Amy Belles-Isles
Anaïs Bouchard
Marguerite Bulté-Boivin
Norah-Jade Dauphinais
Laurence Delisle
Gaëlle Dion
Robin Breault
Anne-Samuel Demers
Marion Fleury-Trépanier
Alyssandre Gaudreault
Estelle Gélinas
Sophie Guay
Cloé Hébert
Aiden Kary
Frédérique Patoine Deslauriers
Marie-Luce Plumail-Ouellette
Anne-Charlotte Roy
Maïka Bourdon
Laurie-Anne Boutet
Benjamin Careau
Rose Asselin
Nolwen Bouguin
Arthur Goyette-Bouchard
Raphaëlle Demers

Direction | Anne-Fay Audet-Johnston

Assistant director | Fanny Laneuville-Castonguay

Professors | Chloé St-Jean, Yannick Bouchard, Yannick Blackburn et Natalia Carvalho

Illustration and make-up design | Maïka Bourdon

Technical director and sound operator | Mathieu Hudon

Lighting operator | Alexandre Daoust

Sound operator | Vincent Néron

General management | Rodolphe St-Arneault

Head rigger | Patrice Dubé

Rigger | information coming

The Éclats de cirque replace the Zoom Cirque! From May 23 to June 4 in five emblematic outdoor venues in Quebec City.

Un Éclat de cirque (formerly Zoom Cirque) is the result of a creative workshop in which 2nd year students in the advanced circus arts program at the École de cirque de Québec participated.

Lasting approximately 30 minutes, the Éclats de cirque were created and produced in 4 weeks and allowed the students to experiment with the presentation of their art in a staged performance in a street performance context.

  • Éclat de cirque #1 : Lost/stolen! 

Director: Sébastien Guidon
Synopsis: Every day, we have to say goodbye to all those little things in life that escape us, whether they are lost or stolen…!

  • Éclat de cirque #1 : Indomitable temptation

Director: Jacques Palardy Dion
Synopsis: In this team, a few artists have an unfortunate obsession: wanting to advance in their video games. The temptation will soon become insurmountable. For them, it is impossible to continue the show normally. Beware, you may be about to enter their dance!

Éclat de cirque #1 : Lost/stolen!

  • Tuesday, May 23, 12pm: Monument Samuel-De Champlain (Esc. Frontenac, Quebec, G1R 4S7)
  • Wednesday, May 24, 4pm: Place Limouloise (3rd Avenue/1730 – (de la Canardière, 3rd Ave, Québec, QC G1L 2R2)
  • Thursday, May 25, 12pm: Place de l’Université-du-Québec (Boulevard Charest E, Quebec, Canada)
  • Tuesday, May 30, 12pm: Place d’Youville (Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 3P1)
  • Thursday, June 1, 5pm: Place Fleur de Lys (552 Boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel, Quebec City G1M 3E5, Canada)
  • Friday, June 2, 7pm: Parvis de l’École de cirque de Québec (750 2e ave, Quebec City)
  • Saturday June 3, 1pm: In front of the École de cirque de Québec (750 2nd ave, Quebec City)
  • Sunday, June 4, 3pm: In front of the École de cirque de Québec (750 2nd Ave, Quebec City)

Éclat de cirque #1 : Indomitable temptation

  • Tuesday, May 23, 4p.m.: Place Limouloise (3rd Avenue/1730 – (de la Canardière, 3rd Ave, Québec, QC G1L 2R2)
  • Wednesday, May 24, 12 noon: Monument Samuel-De Champlain (Esc. Frontenac, Québec, G1R 4S7)
  • Thursday, May 25, 4p.m.: Place d’Youville (Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 3P1)
  • Tuesday, May 30, 4 p.m.: Place de l’Université-du-Québec (Boulevard Charest E, Quebec City, Canada)
  • Thursday, June 1st, 7pm: Parvis de l’École de cirque de Québec (750 2e ave, Quebec City)
  • Friday June 2, 5pm: Place Fleur de Lys (552 Boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel, Quebec City G1M 3E5, Canada)
  • Saturday, June 3, 3: pm: Parvis de l’École de cirque de Québec (750 2e ave, Quebec City)
  • Sunday June 4, 2pm: In front of the École de cirque de Québec (750 2nd ave, Quebec City)

Éclat de cirque #1 : Lost/stolen! 

Amélie Gagnon (trapeze dance)
Samael Hénault (chinese pole)
Lise Kleistndorff (handstands)
Rose Racette (corde lisse)
Téo Noiriel (aerial frame)
Guillaume Biselx (straps)
Marion Thomer (acrobatic bicycle)
Chloé Pilloud (cyr wheel)
Maïa Lussier (aerial frame, aerialist)

Éclat de cirque #1 : Indomitable temptation

Frédérique Fortin (aerial fabric)
Vicky Levesque-Rock (trapeze dance duo)
Alexie Laverdière (loop straps)
Meganne Morel (trapeze dance duo)
Andrea Arellano Lara (Chinese rings)
Theodore LeBlanc (juggling)
Anna Vance (wire)
Ewen Fromager (Chinese rings)
Shane Minerich (Chinese rings)

Transition project, Musée de la Civilisation

an In Situ work by 1st year students presented in the Musée de la Civilisation de Québec

Transition, an in situ circus work developed at the Musée de la Civilisation de Québec with 16 students in their final year of professional studies at the École de cirque de Québec. This work was developed under the direction of Catherine Archambault and with the support and creative involvement of teachers Elizabeth Gaumond, Jacques Palardy-Dion and Francis Proteau as well as the students of the ÉCQ.

Working on a work in situ requires exploring the opportunities offered by a space not intended for this type of performance in order to bring it to life with bodies in movement and to give a new way of apprehending it, of seeing it, of perceiving it. The different disciplines of the circus arts represent real body languages, the artists use them to express themselves and to give life to the ideas of the directors, choreographers and designers.

The use of these body languages represents a major characteristic in the success of better inhabiting them, occupying them, to give the work its life and relevance. This project highlights the fact that the circus does not only depend on the presence of apparatus and is committed to involving the public in transiting through the spaces of the Museum of Civilization of Quebec around the circus artists present, to perceive in a new way the different passages of this emblematic place.

Catherine Archambault

Catherine has over 35 years of experience in the field of dance and circus arts. During this time she has created and adapted over eight hundred works that stand out for their ability to touch the soul of the spectator.

At the age of 7, Catherine began studying classical dance at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, then at 14, at Les Ballets Jazz de Québec. At the same time, she was a member of an artistic gymnastics team. In 1987, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in contemporary dance from Concordia University. In 1989, she choreographed her first circus number which won the bronze medal at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris. After a stint in France with Cirque Archaos, Catherine returned to Quebec and was part of the first batch of Cirque Éloize, for which she directed and choreographed the eponymous show, then joined Excentricus.

For more than 20 years, she has collaborated as choreographer and artistic director on several Cirque du Soleil projects, including Viva Elvis, Wintuk, Delirium, Solstrom, Saltimbanco and Fascination Japon, as well as many special events around the world. She is the director and acrobatic choreographer for Le Défi des Champions on TVA. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including three awards from the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris.

In 2012, Catherine began a new cycle in her career and returned to the world of dance, in which she integrated circus and theatrical performance. This direction corresponds to her desire to explore and deepen a more personal vision and to establish a more intimate relationship with the public. The birth of I/4 testifies to this new orientation, where she is at the same time ideator, choreographer, director, producer and dancer. This work won the Prix Diffusion coup de cœur at the Soirée Reconnaissance de l’Estrie 2013.

Based in the Eastern Townships for 8 years, Catherine is very active in this region. In addition to her show I/4, she was president of the dance commission (Conseil de la Culture en Estrie) for 4 years. She started the Ici Danse project which allows professional choreographers from the region to present their creations. She signed the choreography of the outdoor show Omaterra in Sherbrooke and collaborates with the Théâtre des Petites Lanternes on several productions. In the summer of 2013, she was invited to choreograph the Opening Ceremony of the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, where she also worked as co-artistic director. In September 2015, she is associate director and acrobatic choreographer for the Closing Ceremony of the European Games Baku 2015 in Azerbaijan. The same year, through other projects, she conceived a circus show in Santiago, Chile in collaboration with her Quebec team and the Chilean team. She creates an original circus show every year until 2020 as director and choreographer for Tu Butaca, the biggest circus company in South America. Back in Quebec City since July 2017, she is working on her ultimate project, a women’s circus, which involves women of all ages and backgrounds. At the same time, since 2018, she has been undertaking training in Nonviolent Communication and mediation with the aim of accompanying, among others, interveners in the cultural and artistic milieu. In 2021, she accepted Gilles Ste-Croix’s offer to join the Board of Directors of the Festival de Cirque des Iles de la Madeleine as an artistic advisor.

Artistic strolls and movements, between 11am and 3pm in the lobby of the Museum of Civilization.

Adress: 85 Rue Dalhousie, Québec, QC G1K 8R2

  • Tuesday, May 23, 11am to 3pm
  • Wednesday, May 24, 11am to 3pm
  • Thursday, May 25, 11am to 3pm
  • Tuesday, May 30, 11am to 3pm
  • Thursday, June 1st, 11am to 3pm
  • Friday, June 2nd, 11am to 3pm

The 16 students in their first year of the DEE/DEC higher education program in circus arts:

Florine Lord-Morin
Julie Robert
Sarah-Soleil Nault
Théo Martin Lopez
Lisa Le Pors Scouarnec
Gabriel Lemière
Nathan Forcione-Lambert
Krystel Ouellette
Chloé Devineau
Deiby Johel Morales Martinez
Felix Adoengga
Izzi Kessner
Jafet Isaac Leos Resendiz
Leon Le Nestour
Sandra Sofia Malacara Arana
Alez Larson

CIRCUS INITIATION WORKSHOPS École de cirque de Québec, 3rd and 4th of june, 2023

Schedule: 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Activities :
introductory circus workshops for toddlers offered by Initiative 1, 2, 3 Go Limoilou!
introductory workshops in juggling, balancing… for all ages by school staff

Location: school parking lot, 7th Street side

Un grand merci à tous nos partenaires sur cette 19ème édition des Jours de cirque :

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