quebec, canada

Thurs-Sat | February 27-29, 2020

Cirque Alfonse 


"Boasting superb, verging on unbelievable talent"

-Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

After bringing us their amazing show TIMBER! in 2016, the inimitable Cirque Alfonse returns with TABARNAK, a fiesta of circus, music and nonstop movement. Inspired by the village church, which was the gathering place of the Quebec village where the company grew up, TABARNAK is an acrobatic rock musical performed by a team of young circus artists, dancers and musicians who will leave you breathless. ​

thurs-sat | feb 27-29 | 7:30pm

newmark theatre

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Show FAQ

  • Run time: 75 minutes, no intermission

  • For all ages

  • Arts for All tickets available 2hr prior at the Newmark Theatre or at the P5 box office during their regular hours with valid Oregon Trail Card

What the press is saying...

"The show runs at a breakneck pace with no let up of energy from the performers or the well drilled three-piece band performing behind them... Read the full article" (The Edinburgh Festivals Magazine)

" It’s bold, naughty and a hell of a lot of fun. The performers make the most of the little details just as much as the dazzling tricks, all building up to a thrilling finale.... Read the full article" (Three Weeks Edinburgh) 

Did you know? talking points about the work
  • Hailing from Quebec, this young circus company was established in 2005. 

  • Cirque Alfonse is comprised of a team of professional acrobats graduated from the École nationale de cirque de Montréal, as well as a professional dancer, an ex-skiing champion and three talented and versatile musicians.

  • TABARNAK is inspired by the village church that was once the gathering place of the small Quebec community where the company grew up.

  • TABARNAK, considered a Quebecois expletive, was once a rebellious cry against authority and is now a rather banal expression of pain, anger or astonishment. 

  • There are 9 performers in this production.

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