Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University

“There's a zaniness here that outstrips even that Monty Python skit about lumberjacks, and a joie de vivre that's absolutely infectious.” Telegraph (London, UK)

From the theater that brought you Drama Desk Award winner CIRKOPOLIS comes the "scintillating and thrillingly dangerous" Timber! Cirque Alfonse's wild ride of gravity-defying acrobatics uses sharp tools, folk music and more to cut a new path for contemporary circus.

NYU Skirball Center continues its commitment to contemporary circus arts by welcoming Cirque Alfonse—a vibrant group of brave and creative young performers blazing a new creative path by blending the arts and techniques of the circus and infusing them with picturesque facets of traditional Quebec folklore. 

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Beyond the Stage

 

October 13 | 6:00–7:00
 

Panel Discussion:
Québécois Folk Traditions and Music

Panel will be held in the Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, Room 905.

Free and open to the public. REGISTER HERE

Join us as we hear from scholars and experts on Québécois folk arts and music as they discuss how these traditions and rituals play a major role in the production of Cirque Alfonse's Timber!

Panelists: 


Brian Martin (Moderator), Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Williams College
Robert Baron, Director of Folk Arts Program and the Music Program, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)
Peter Nielsen, President of Portland’s Circus Conservatory of America
Maxime Blanchard, Associate Professor of French, The City College of New York

 

October 14 | 6:00–6:30
 

Lobby Talk:
Timber! Neo-Traditional Acrobatics? Post-Modern Folk? Serious Play

Talk will be held in the lower lobby of NYU Skirball Center. Free for patrons with tickets to this evening’s performance.

Through their highly acrobatic technical skill, post-ironic lumberjack beards, and keen sense of spectacle, Cirque Alfonse offers a fascinating point of entry into the worlds of Québec neo-traditional folk song and ethos, and its flourishing contemporary circus scene which has sought to "reinvent" our understanding of circus. Professor Leroux will explore these worlds and how they intersect in Timber! in a pre-show talk, followed by a Q&A.

Speakers: Louis Patrick Leroux, Professor of English and French Studies at Concordia University in Montreal

 

October 14
 

Beard Night

Grow a beard, buy a beard, wear a beard... Gather together with your bearded brethren and join us for the opening night of Timber! to win tickets and prizes.

 

October 15 | Post-Performance
 

Post Show Q& A:

  Join us directly after the 7pm performance for a post-show Q&A with company members from Timber!

October 17 | Post-Performance
 

Post Show Q& A:

 Join us directly after the 8pm performance for a post-show Q&A with company members from Timber!

 

October 18 | Post-Performance
 

Post Show Q& A:

 Join us directly after the 2pm performance for a post-show Q&A with company members from Timber!

 

THIS ENGAGEMENT OF CIRQUE ALFONSE IS FUNDED THROUGH THE MID ATLANTIC TOURS PROGRAM OF MID ATLANTIC ARTS FOUNDATION WITH SUPPORT FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.

THE OPENING NIGHT OF TIMBER! IS MADE POSSIBLE IN PART WITH SUPPORT FROM THE QUÉBEC GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN NEW YORK.

DATE / TIME
October 14-15 / 7:00
October 17-18 / 8:00
October 18 / 2:00
October 19 / 1:00
October 19 / 5:00