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Lumberjacks Culture / April 29, 2014

WHITE BIRD GIFT SUGGESTIONS THE EXCITING CIRCUS SHOW “TIMBER!”
9 COMPANY PEOPLE IN QUEBEC’S WORLD-ACCLAIMED CIRQUE ALPHONSE CREATE A LUMBER CAMP ON-STAGE WHEREIN THEY JUGGLE AXES AND SAWS AND ENJOY EXHILARATING QUEBECOIS MUSIC

Whom: TIMBER! from Cirque Alfonse (85 mins, no intermission)
Provided by: White Bird
Marketing Partners: Portland Timbers and Thorns
Whenever: Tuesday & Wednesday, April 19-20, 2016, 7:30 pm
Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SW Broadway/Main, Portland, otherwise
Sponsor:, Albert E Chaffin, MD, FAAP, Carol Streeter & Harold Goldstein,

“Thrilling circus, hair-raising and utterly nerve-jangling” – Burlington Writers Workshop
“There’s a zaniness right here that outstrips even that Monty Python skit about lumberjacks, and a joie de vivre that’s definitely 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 outlying Quebec, Canada, where you practically smell the fresh-cut pine logs while the perspiration of lumberjacks as you view all of them do amazing acrobatic feats. Montreal’s Le Devoir writes, “To the noise of violins and tapping legs, axes swing through the environment and logs become props for many hand-to-hand and managing acts, log-throwing competitions, and log motorist games.”

The circus troupe Cirque Alphonse comes from a small city known as Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, and they've got drawn upon their particular nation roots discover great motivation and energy with their critically acclaimed circus tv show WOOD!. The show’s creators created uncommon acrobatic equipment inspired right through the forestry sources on their particular real-life family farm. The environment is hyper-festive. The nine talented organization people, whom include exuberant musicians, generate a colorful, lively scene in which we could witness amazing feats of agility and strength, influenced by the exploits associated with first North-American lumberjacks, loggers and farmers.

WOOD! features three generations of this Carabinier family members, a nearby musical organization, plus some pals which simply occur to been employed by with major-league circus outfits. The activity is scheduled in a lumber-camp, where there is certainly merriment and mischief near an outhouse, while the organization juggles axes and saws, plus chop vegetables at high speed for the family stew cooking pot. Beards, muscles, examined lumberjack shirts and long-johns abound. Staying true for their origins, the axes, saws and knives found in the program are real and sharpened, and cast don’t wear metallic toe capped boots or any security apart from gloves. Using credibility to new heights, when Cirque Alfonse rehearsed in their unheated Québecois barn, they sawed wood as a warm-up to their rehearsals.

Cirque Alfonse ended up being established in the province of Quebec in 2005. Its founding people have got all worked with several of the most prominent “nouveau cirque” organizations around the world. This younger business is composed of a team of professional acrobats graduated through the École nationale de cirque de Montréal, also an expert dancer, an ex-skiing champ and three talented and versatile performers. This courageous and innovative band of young performers is blazing a creative course that nobody has yet dared to explore, blending the arts and practices associated with circus and infusing all of them with the most picturesque issues with conventional Quebec folklore.

Source: www.whitebird.org