Inspired by the village church that was once the gathering place of the small Quebec community where they grew up, the Cirque Alfonse gang has created their newest production, TABARNAK. Having the feel of something like a rock-musical, this is an invitation to come together, a celebration of Heaven and Hell and everything in between, a fiesta of circus, music and reaching for the sky.. .all in the inimitable style of Cirque Alfonse.
Starting with the Quebecois expletive TABARNAK, that was once a rebellious cry against authority and is now a rather banal expression of pain, anger or astonishment, Alfonse gives us its own take on the sacred and the profane and serves up its own unbridled ‘’high mass’’.
From the basement to the nave, from the altar to the choir, Cirque Alfonse, inspired by its roots and stirring up memories of the past as only this troupe can do, gives a fresh take on such a highly symbolic place and gives it a more up-to-date feel!
With its signature infectious merriment, Cirque Alfonse embarks on an anarchic and poetic ‘way of the cross’, a lively musical circus where the organ takes a riff on the traditional and the acrobatics turn the church pews upside down.
And we all come together for a rollicking good time.
The World Premiere was a huge success. Here are some excerpts of the Montreal reviews:
“Tabarnak comes across as a big family fête, debunking a few sacred myths along the way. …the troupe… manages to reinvent itself here in a show that is less explosive but more fully embodied, and presented with finesse and spirit.” Isabelle Paré, Le Devoir Montreal Qc
“Cirque Alfonse earned acclaim for its previous shows Timber and Barbu, cabaret, électro-trad, and electrifies once again with this demanding and highly original Tabarnak,. This acrobatic piece opens with music by the fabulous electro-trad trio led by David Simard, and the music contributes enormously to the success of this very festive Tabarnak.” Jean Siag, La Presse, Montreal Qc