BETWEEN COMEDICS AND ACROBATICS: A PROMISING, ORIGINAL COMPETITION!
Following the remarkable success of the last three years, the Tournoi de L’Impro Cirque is back at TOHU to everyone’s delight, just in time for the Easter break! Three days of competition during which teams of circus artists and improv performers will face off on stage. Hosted by colourful commentators and a referee we love to hate, each improvisation must keep to the most outrageous themes. With a strong dose of energy and humour, the pressured circus artists must create a performance that requires imagination and acrobatic feats. And let’s not forget the narratives performers must invent as they go! All brilliantly spiced up by the musical improv of the Wonder Trois Quatre. Moments of poetry, hilarious stories, pure magic, these acts will never be seen again, but seeing it is believing! The stakes are high… who will be declared champions?
An innovative concept by Les Improduits where audiences and artists can meet outside the usual context in a joyful artistic multidisciplinarity.
THURSDAY MARCH 29
Blue VS Red
FRIDAY MARCH 30
Green VS Yellow
Anaïs Favron, spokesperson – The career of this host and comedian is in full swing on the radio as well as television. Drafted in the LNI at only 20 years old, Anaïs got recognized for her wit as a crew member of TV show Dieu Merci, on the radio, and as host of TV show En route vers mon premier Gala Juste pour rire.
Dominique Bouchard – National Circus School (ENC) graduate specialized in diabolo, Dominique stood out in Cirkopolis (Cirque Éloize) and Réversible (Les 7 Doigts). This will be his second LIC tournament.
Valérie Doucet – This equilibrist who graduated from the National Circus School (ENC) has worked with James Thierrée, CIRCA and Cirque Éloize. Valérie was seen in Une chambre de verre last fall at TOHU. What does she have in store for us for her second participation?
Philibert Hébert – This versatile self-taught artist developed his balance board and juggling skills (contact balls, balls and pins). He worked with great circus companies (Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloïze, among others) and was seen on TV show Défi des champions which aired on TVA. Proud winner of the first star of the 2017 LIC Tournament.
Thomas Chambers - trampo mur
**Frédéric Barbusci – Comedian founder and codirector of Productions de L'Instable, Frédéric is the performer with the most individual awards in LNI history (recruit of the year, star, champion scorer, most popular player among his peers, audience favourite). He comes to defend his wins for a third time at the tournament.
** Sylvain Dubois** - bike, clown
Lauren Joy Herley – This slack rope and contortion specialist always aims to go further since she graduated from the National Circus School (ENC). Lauren has had the opportunity to experience the universe of Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, Les 7 Doigts and CIRCA.
Julien Roberge – Performing triple twists on a classic trampoline doesn’t give enough adrenaline rush to this professional gymnast, but the trampo-wall has him exceed his limits. Julien has proven it time and again in Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize creations.
Terrance Robinson - Acrobatic duo
Nicolas Pinson - comedian,
Frédéric Lemieux-Cormier - German wheel, trampo mur
Alexandra Royer – Member of the Barcode trio, a company who won several awards at the latest Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris, Alexandra will shine as a solo artist this time. She performed in Vice & Vertu last summer at MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE.
Alexis Vigneault – Inventor of the acrobatic light, Alexis also masters the Cyr Wheel and the sticks. He spreads poesy and creates fantasy everywhere he goes. His solo acts have been presented in North America, Japan, Mexico, Australia, and several European countries in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, Les 7 Doigts, Cirque Éloize and Chameleon Theatre, among others.
Jasmin Blouin – Trained at the École de cirque de Québec where he mainly mastered juggling, but also the trampo-wall and acrobatics, Jasmin has worked with several companies such as Cirque Éloize and Cirque du Soleil in many countries. His latest creations include the juggling cube as well as the glowing pins.
Sylvie Legault – Québec actress whom we have seen on TV, Sylvie sets herself apart especially in improv. Her career began in 1982 and she was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006. She now teaches her knowledge here, in France, Switzerland and Belgium.
Delphine Cézard – Self-taught Delphine excels in slack rope, dance, as well as clown and theatrical arts. She travels the world thanks to her talent and determination.
Justin Dale - Graduate from National Circus School, specialized in Cyr Wheel
Frédérique Hamel – She took her first steps in the circus at around 7 years old and has since then remained faithful to this art. For her graduation act at the École de Cirque de Québec in 2009, Frédérique performed on a swinging trapeze. Her professional journey was definitely launched when she discovers the trampo-wall.
Timothé Vincent - Graduate from Quebec Circus School, trampo mur and acrobatic duo.