__## A CAPTIVATING PORTRAIT OF THE CONTEMPORARY CIRCUS PERFORMED BY ITS TOP ARTISTS
The not-to-be-missed event for circus lovers everywhere is back for a 4th edition! A true celebration of all things circus, the evening serves up the best of the best, complete with an exciting mix of the top artists from a variety of disciplines. The acts—performed by artists from different backgrounds who all share a spirit of creativity and a mastery of their art form—have an originality and a virtuosity that set them apart.
Why mess with a winning formula? Coups de coeur is once again set to take the circular stage by storm. The event, inspired by galas, cabarets and variety shows, features the men and women behind the performances. Hosted by a captivating master of ceremonies, the evening brings together breathtaking numbers that have left audiences awestruck and abuzz with excitement: a wonderful way to turn the spotlight on today’s contemporary circus arts.
Now’s your chance to see what all the fuss is about!
“ A unique opportunity! ”
JÉRÉMIE ARSENAULT, FLIP FABRIQUE (QUÉBEC), DIABOLO
Graduated from the École de cirque de Québec in 2008, a school he discovered at only 14 years old, Jérémie chose circus arts as his trade. From his graduation on, the artist who specializes in acrobatic diabolo has worked with various major companies, including Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize, travels the world and perfects his craft. The winner of various international prizes is one of the founding members of FLIP Fabrique.
MARIE-ÈVE DICAIRE, CIRQUE ÉLOIZE (QUÉBEC), EQUILIBRIST
First trained as a dancer, Marie-Ève earned her diploma from the École nationale de cirque in 2006, where she specialized in hand balancing. She performed her act throughout Switzerland, Germany and France. Most recently, she was part of Cirque Éloize’s Nezha, where she was selected as a coup de cœur, as well as Les 7 Doigts’ Triptyque and Vice et Vertu. To this day, Marie-Eve continues to dance, but on her hands…
ANNA KICHTCHENKO, LES 7 DOIGTS (QUÉBEC), AERIAL SILKS
Devoted performer thirsty for adventures born in Moscow, Anna graduated from the École nationale de cirque in aerial silks in 2011. She explores and develops her craft with partners from various artistic and cultural backgrounds, and then shares her passion with audiences all around the world. She recently performed in productions such as Cuisine & Confessions (Les 7 Doigts), Vice & Vertu (Les 7 Doigts).
JULIEN DESFORGES (QUÉBEC), SLACKLINE
Slackline enthusiast since 2006 and founder of Slackline Mtl, Julien Desforges has seen firsthand the development of the discipline from its beginning, in the province as well as all around the globe. Through his art, Julien Desforges shares a philosophy based on wellness, health and stability, which he cultivates on the slackline. His unique style, inspired by his complementary dance, yoga, meditation and martial arts practices, stands out through precise poses and fluid movements performed with precision, strength and agility.
AMÉLIE AND ANTHONY VENISSE (FRANCE/QUÉBEC), CLOWNS
Graduated with honours from the École Supérieure des Arts du Cirque in Brussels in 2005, Amélie Venisse embodied her Mademoiselle Cerise character in 2006. After a visit in Montréal and a tour in Mexico with a clown trio which won the Annie Fratellini award at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in 2007, she also received an award at the Solycirco Festival in 2009. Amélie has since performed on several stages and cabarets, alone or as a duo with her brother Anthony. (A. Venisse’s journey below)
MASHA TERENTIEVA, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL (CANADA), AERIAL HOTEL CART, AERIAL ACT
Masha Terentieva was born in St. Petersburg to a family of artists. Graduated from the École nationale de cirque in 2008, she travelled the globe, performing from Sydney to Broadway. She received in 2017 five awards at the prestigious Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain for her Aerial Hotel Cart act. The sensual, sophisticated and daring artist is presently part of Paris Merveilles at Paris’ Lido, directed by Franco Dragone. She has the honour of representing Cirque du Soleil in Coups de Cœur 2019.
QUENTIN MAROTINE (FRANCE), MUSICIAN
At 20 years old, Quentin subscribed to the teachings of saxophonists Sylvain Beuf and Olivier Py. Since 2006, he pursues a professional career, performing numerous music concerts and working on circus shows in Germany for several years. The experience brought him to introduce computer-aided musical devices for which he trained in Paris. His passion for travelling and his musical encounters led him to world traditional music repertoires, especially Serbian, Bulgarian and Turkish.
ALSO, TWO ARTISTS FROM THE NATIONAL CIRCUS SCHOOL (QUÉBEC)!
NICOLAS ALLARD, NATIONAL CIRCUS SCHOOL (QUÉBEC), SWINGING TRAPEZE (February 20 to 24):
Nicolas, who grew up in the South of France, discovered circus arts at 13 years old. In 2013, he began training at the École nationale de cirque de Châtellerault. He discovered swinging trapeze, which brought him several times to Montréal for traineeships with Victor Fomine. At 18 years old, he joined the higher education program at the National circus school to specialize in swinging trapeze and dance trapeze. Nicolas created a spectacular, attractive and emotional act, and will graduate in spring 2019.
SANDY TUGWOOD, NATIONAL CIRCUS SCHOOL (QUÉBEC), ROPE (February 28 to March 2):
The Australian-born ÉNC graduate began her training in Montréal in 2016, after three years at Flying Fruit Fly Circus, the Australian national circus. Sandy performed as an acrobat for the company in Circus under my bed, presented at the Sydney Opera House and during the Melbourne international Comedy Festival, among others. More recently, and closer to home, she was part of Phénix, the 2018 MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE creation.
Trained in Lausanne (École de danse Rudra-Béjart) and London (Circus Space), Anthony Venisse is an National circus school graduate, specialized in swinging trapeze and clown art. Henceforth, he hit the stage as an acrobat and clown. He swings and spins for company Tout fou tout fly, and plays a manic theatre director for the Daredevil Opera Company. Music also plays a big role in his life, after studying the piano for ten years. He produced in 2007 his own one-clown-show, Le Concierge, focusing on his music instrument. Since 2010, Anthony creates and directs the popular Minutes Complètement Cirque, a concept which continues to develop throughout the years, as well as major shows Duels, Fracas, Rouge and Phénix performed at place Émilie-Gamelin every year. He also directed for the ÉNC as well as GOP-Variete cabarets (Germany), in addition to being an artistic trainer and choreographer for Cirque du Soleil. Anthony Venisse has created, with his sister Amélie, a clown duo combining music and magic.
Mooky is one of today’s funniest ladies of the international circuit. Irresistible and captivating, this eccentric comedian performed for more than three million spectators around the globe. Brilliant in physical comedy, as a puppeteer or behind a piano, inspirational and main clown in Cirque du Soleil’s popular Varekai, shed gets the crowds going thanks to her unique clownish ways. She often visits Olivier Award winner La Soirée, famous London cabaret, and has recently become the first lady clown in Amsterdam’s Carré Winter Circus, changing the face of traditional European circus. The talented teacher and lecturer, sought-after in several countries, has taught at the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre, in California. Mooky Cornish has shined bright on the most important stages, including London’s Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House, New York’s Union Square Theatre, Paris’ Bobino, as well as prestigious international festivals.