Thrilling Circus show TIMBER! Features Acrobatic Lumberjacks and Live Music


Who: TIMBER! from Cirque Alfonse (85 minutes, no intermission)
Presented by: White Bird
Marketing Partners:
Portland Timbers and Thorns
When: Tuesday & Wednesday, April 19-20, 2016, 7:30 pm
Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SW Broadway/Main, Portland, OR
Sponsor:, Albert E Chaffin, MD, FAAP, Carol Streeter & Harold Goldstein,  The Oregonian,
Tickets: Starting at $26, available at and Portland’5 Box Office,
1111 SW Broadway (formerly PCPA) NO added fees.1-800-380-3516 (added fees apply).

“Thrilling circus, hair-raising and utterly nerve-jangling” – Burlington Writers Workshop
“There’s a zaniness here that outstrips even that Monty Python skit about lumberjacks, and a joie de vivre that’s absolutely infectious.”—The Guardian (London)

On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19 and 20, White Bird is excited to present at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall the spellbinding TIMBER!, from Cirque Alfonse of rural Quebec, Canada, where you almost smell the fresh-cut pine logs and the sweat of lumberjacks as you watch them perform amazing acrobatic feats. Montreal’s Le Devoir writes, “To the sound of violins and tapping feet, axes swing through the air and logs become props for numerous hand-to-hand and balancing acts, log-throwing contests, and log driver games.”

The circus troupe Cirque Alphonse hails from a small town called Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, and they have drawn upon their country roots to find great inspiration and energy for their critically acclaimed circus show TIMBER!. The show’s creators designed unusual acrobatic apparatus inspired directly from the forestry resources available on their real-life family farm. The atmosphere is hyper-festive. The nine talented company members, who include exuberant musicians, create a colorful, energetic scene where we can witness amazing feats of agility and strength, inspired by the exploits of the first North-American lumberjacks, loggers and farmers.

TIMBER!  features three generations of the Carabinier family, a local band, and some friends who just happen to have worked with some major-league circus outfits.  The action is set in a lumber-camp, where there is merriment and mischief near an outhouse, and the company juggles axes and saws, as well as chop vegetables at high speed for the family stew pot. Beards, muscles, checked lumberjack shirts and long-johns abound. Staying true to their roots, the axes, saws and knives used in the show are genuine and sharpened, and the cast don’t wear steel toe capped boots or any protection other than gloves. Taking authenticity to new heights, when Cirque Alfonse rehearsed in their unheated Québecois barn, they sawed wood as a warm-up to their rehearsals.

Cirque Alfonse was established in the province of Quebec in 2005. Its founding members have all worked with some of the most renowned “nouveau cirque” companies around the world. This young company 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. This brave and creative group of young performers is blazing a creative path that no one has yet dared to explore, blending the arts and techniques of the circus and infusing them with the most picturesque facets of traditional Quebec folklore.

Alain Francoeur (Director) has a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts from the UQAM in 1986. He first worked as a dance artist and an actor in experimental theatre before moving on to becoming director and choreographer. Alain is interested in the interdisciplinary aspects of art and of the performing arts in his artistic development and creativity. In 1988, he joined the celebrated theatre troupe Carbonne 14 as a performance artist in their show called Le Dortoir. He later danced for several other companies. Alain directed the well-loved show Cirque Orchestra by Cirque Éloize, and he choreographed for several dance troupes, among them L’Agora de la danse of Montréal.
David Boulanger (Composer) studied violin and jazz interpretation at the Saint-Laurent College before joining the traditional music group La part du quêteux, a show which won the Best Album award for Traditional Music at the Folk Canadian Music Awards in 2007. He went on to work with the famous Quebec group La Bottine souriante as a violinist. He joined the Cirque Alfonse in 2006. Nicolas Descoteaux (Set Designer) received his diploma from the theatre program of the Sainte-Thérèse College in 1992 and has designed more than sixty lighting creations. He has worked with internationally renowned creators and artists such as Robert Lepage, Marie Chouinard, Kristian Fredric, Denis Marleau and Daniele Finzi Pasqua. Recently, Nicolas worked on several creative projects with the Cirque Eloize and the Cirque du Soleil.

White Bird’s 18th season (2015-16) is supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County and the Arts Education & Access Fund; Work for Art,;  The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Meyer Memorial Trust, The Collins Foundation, Ronni Lacroute/WillaKenzie Estate, National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, Starseed Foundation. Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, Oregon Cultural Trust,  WESTAF, Herbert A. Templeton Foundation, Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust, and New England Foundation for the Art.

Thrilling Circus show TIMBER! Features Acrobatic Lumberjacks and Live Music