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Research and creation residencies

TOHU aims to stimulate the evolution of circus aesthetics. It encourages the exploration of new forms and practices in the field by offering a space dedicated to research activities and innovative initiatives. In response to COVID, TOHU is expanding its residency program for research and creation projects in circus.

This support is available to individuals, groups and not-for-profit circus organizations active in the production of a show.

TOHU can host the entire project or offer support to a specific part or aspect of the production, depending on its scale and the support requested. Tohu does not provide any financial assistance, but does support the creative process by way of facilities and services.


Residency applications are currently accepted on a rolling basis and residency times will be scheduled and confirmed for upcoming dates only.

Artists may apply for residency time in the following spaces:

  • Salle TOHU (Main TOHU theatre) (availability extremely limited)
  • TOHU Lobby/Hall (must adapt your request to the particular conditions of this space, which is open to the public during normal working hours)
  • Cirque du Soleil Studio (most availability; 3-hour rehearsal blocks)

Click here to read the details and to submit your residency application for any of the spaces detailed above. You will receive a response within 2 weeks.

Submit your residency

Please note that only the space will be provided free of charge. We are happy to hold dates for you, provide you with a letter of support and/or assist you in other ways should you choose to submit an external funding request to support technical and equipment costs.

Salle TOHU Hall dentree de la TOHU

Production residences

TOHU offers professional artists, artist collectives and non-profit organisations access to its venue to support a project which writing, staging, set design and casting phases have been previously developed.

This type of residency aims at supporting the very last stages of the artistic process such as lighting design and sound effects.

In response to COVID, TOHU is working with Québec-based artists and companies to support the adaptation of works already in their touring repertoire, as well as works which were in development as of March 2020, into COVID-friendly formats.
Invitations for production residencies are generally extended by TOHU on a discretionary basis, with a focus on works of scale. If you would like to bring a project to our attention, please reach out to Anais Devillers, Artistic Planning Manager, at

2345, rue Jarry Est,
Montréal (Québec) H1Z 4P3