Cirque Éloize is on a quest to conquer the West! Imagine: America in full development, the Wild West in full swing. And in each town there is a saloon, a saloon that serves as both a theater to tell tales and the stage for all sorts of gatherings. There is material here for a story or two, and Cirque Éloize is happy to share them. The company swings open the doors of its Saloon with a performance that unfolds at a dizzying pace and a soundtrack that has a touch of folk and country. Staying on the doorstep is not an option!
Acrobatic dance, comedy, vocal acrobatics, aerial feats…nothing can stop this troupe as it takes the audience on a wild chase full of wacky situations and colorful, enigmatic characters. Of course, we meet the saloon belle, with her explosive charm; inevitably, her distraught lover sets off on a pursuit worthy of the greatest Westerns. The desperate lovebirds stir up emotion everywhere on their path, from desert planes to the depths of mines, up until the ultimate acrobatic duel. Saloon is a high-speed ride, rife with cinematographic and musical references, and filled with bizarre props that have been repurposed for the cirucs, as seen in the acrobatic number with the chandelier.
Stage director Emmanuel Guillaume
President and artistic director Jeannot Painchaud
Musical director, composer and producer Éloi Painchaud
Acrobatic creation and chief trainer Nicolas Boivin-Gravel
Choreographer Annie St-Pierre
Set and accessory design Francis Farley
Constume design Sarah Balleux
Makeup design Virginie Bachand
Lighting Francis Hamel
Sound design and sound manager Colin Gagné
Line producer Pascal Auger
Production Théâtre T & Cie, Government of Quebec, Government of Canada, Montreal Arts Council, City of Montréal, Le Théâtre de Namur, Penn State Center for the Performing Arts.
“What we have here is a circus renowned as much for the quality of its acrobats as for its creativity.” Le Nouvelliste
“Saloon offers an musical-acrobatic spectacle that honors Western films with foolproof rhythm and artistic subtlety.” La Hora
Since 1993, the pioneering Montreal circus company Cirque Éloize has been clearing new paths through the world of the contemporary circus arts. It was the first North American circus troupe to create performances for theaters and thus introducing an intimate form of circus to audiences in North America and beyond. At the same time, the company has created and performed over 1600 custom-made events throughout the world. Cirque Éloize has always created its shows from the ground up, designing them in collaboration with multidisciplinary artists and fusing together circus arts, music, dance, and technology. Daniel Cyr, Claudette Morin, Jeannot Painchaud, and Julie Hamelin are the founding artists.