Barok XXI

Barok XXI

The national circus school

Pushing boundaries: Discover the bold and innovative next generation of circus artists

Under the direction of a multidisciplinary and experienced creative team, these artists bring all their passion and fire, artistic and acrobatic mastery, to the centre ring. The shows mark the culmination of three years of training as part of their college-level specialized education in the circus arts. Appealing to a wide audience, this annual event has become a must-see for circus aficionados: spectacular, contemporary, relevant, emotionally charged!

Centre ring, over a dozen disciplines to discover: ball acrobatics, swinging and dance trapeze, tight wire, juggling, Chinese pole, cloud swing, aerial hoop, balancing, Cyr wheel and Korean board, plus aerial rope, straps and silk.

Barok XXI immerses the viewer in a multisensory, multihued and multilayered universe. A fracture has occurred, space-time has contracted. Epochs and the temporal, the real, the poetic have merged, become intertwined. A world where the protagonists seek an ideal, a cause, an absolute, a hope, a utopia ... a quest for meaning!


Offering an education at the high school and college levels the National Circus School has prepared artists and teachers for professional careers in the circus arts for over 35 years. It has trained more than 500 artists, many of whom have gone on to take top honours at the world’s most prestigious festivals and become an international reference in its field. A pioneer of the new circus in Canada and North America, the National Circus School has contributed to the emergence of several renowned circus companies, including Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, 7 doigts de la main and Cirque Alfonse.

Share the excitement as the next generation of circus performers reach the pinnacle of a higher education in the circus arts, to be showcased in two shows presented alternately centre ring at Tohu. Enjoy savings with a two-show package when booking the second show, Sapience.

"With the graduates' promising talent, the National Circus School's end-of-year shows (…) are excellent examples of the level of quality found in the Montreal circus." La Presse

“A sure-fire hit with the kids! How do they manage to get better and better every year? ” _98.5 FM

“As always, the mastery of these novices barely out of school is astounding. . . . the two creations offer a rare opportunity to see artists just starting the journey, setting off to conquer the vast world of the circus.” Le Devoir