Calves, cows, pigs and chickens… Cirque Alfonse’s Animal is an imaginary menagerie with delightful displays of acrobatic prowess and bold theatricality. But no real animals are used in the show.
Part of SPOTLIGHT season’s special presentations series, the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre (VDPAC) Society presents a bucolic spectacle for young and old alike with Animal: A Farm Story, Thursday, Sept. 29.
Animal is the farm gone haywire! Cirque Alfonse plays out a series of slightly surreal farm fables served up with a touch of irreverence, impressive physical virtuosity and the company’s familiar comic touch. In this re-invented agricultural world, a gentleman farmer has surrounded himself with some familiar but slightly outlandish creatures: the chickens have teeth, the ducks are somewhat menacing, and the cows are always kicking up a fuss. Acrobats transform into singers, dancers, and puppeteers, scaling mast poles and leaping from the mechanical bull – with no nets in sight.
“The action is driven by original live music performed by a French-Canadian folk band,” said VDPAC’s artistic director Erin Kennedy. “It’s an irresistible mixture of banjo, drums and brass the group calls ‘agricultural funk!’
“The founding members of Cirque Alfonse have worked with some of the most renowned nouveau cirque companies around the world, but they remain true to themselves as a genuine, multi-generational family circus,” said Kennedy. “You can expect technical mastery paired with warm, authentic charm and infectious humour.”
To purchase tickets call 250-549-SHOW (7469) and visit vdpac.ca.
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