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Love at First Sight– Circus in Montreal

Coups de Coeur is the name of an annual circus show that distracts Montreal from the dead of winter. Over the weekends from February 22nd until March 4th, twelve circus performers gather from around the world at Tohu to put on a show around a loose theme, to wow circus goers, families and  first time visitors with a mix of world class circus skills and to revisit some classics as well as explore some innovative acts. The theme this year seemed to be retro-futuristic outer space party—complete with astronaut DJ (Guillaume Biron) and the humorous master of ceremonies and familiar 7 Finger-about-town, Sebastien Soldevila. Now in its third year, Coups de Coeur is becoming a tradition in Montreal, one that does not go unnoticed by the area arts press, such as this review in Jeu Review de Theatre by  Francoise Boudreault or this review in Mat TV by Maxime D. Pomerleau.
There is a festive spirit to the event, something director Fernand Rainville admits he was aiming for while envisioning it as more of a gala rather than cabaret style as in the previous years. Programming agent Marisol De Santis explained that the premier night was a benefit for Tohu, a time when the local circus companies and directors all attend. Rainville elaborated on the plan,“This year we wanted an aesthetic theme to keep it light and fun– and we played with the idea of being part of the universe–to pick up on that idea that we are all stardust. It came to me because of this realization of how some of our artists push their research—taking an acrobatic skill or apparatus and reinventing it. That is really what nouveau cirque is all about. A lot of the artists in the show are taking it to another level and that is what...
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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell has written about circus for CircusTalk.News, Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and was a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of CircusTalk.News, American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.