Montreal is in the throes of a heat wave, but the show must go on for the sweaty performers at Montréal Complètement Cirque — the city’s annual circus festival hosts its first outdoor shows, starting at 5 p.m today.
Humidex values in the city will reach between 40 and 45 C, but Australian performer Amie Patching said she doesn’t mind.
“I’m kind of used to that — being hot and sticky,” she said.
She’s one of 30 performers in Phénix, a twice nightly, free outdoor show at Jardins Gamelin, located outside Berri-UQAM Metro.
The circus festival runs until July 15 and brings performers from around the world to Montreal.
Most of the programming is contemporary circus — a style that incorporates performance elements like narrative, comedy and acrobatics.
Along with venue shows, there are free and interactive pieces in public spaces every day.
Most notably, St-Denis Street between Sherbrooke and Ste-Catherine streets will become an open air circus, says festival director Nadine Marchand.
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