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Bosch Dreams as Montreal Awakens to Complètement Cirque Festival

The 10th edition of the Montréal Complètement Cirque festival is sure to fill the city with a dazzling display of earthly delights. Be warned, however, for death, damnation and eternal punishment will also be at hand. That’s because one of its main shows is based on the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, whose most famous work, The Garden of Earthly Delights, features some of art’s most terrifying visions of the afterlife.

The celebrated contemporary circus collective Les 7 Doigts is once again kicking off the festival, this time with Bosch Dreams (July 4 to 14 at Salle Pierre-Mercure, 300 de Maisonneuve Blvd. E.). First produced by the company at Copenhagen’s Republique theatre in 2016 to mark the 500th anniversary of the painter’s death, the show is not as grim as the source material might suggest, promises director and co-creator Samuel Tetréault.

“A lot of people when they look at Bosch see the more nightmarish aspects — the torturous visions of hell and so on,” Tetréault told the Montreal Gazette over the phone, sounding like he was in a little corner of hell himself (actually a noisy security lineup at the airport). “But I do believe that his work contains both the light and the darkness. I wanted to focus a little bit more on the optimistic and positive vision of Bosch’s work.”…

Read the Full Article at The Montreal Gazette