Cirque Alfonse

Hydro-Québec Auditorium

Cirque Alfonse is back with quite an unusual take on farm life and on the animals in particular!

Animal: A Farm Story takes us on a journey of discovery through a series of slightly surreal farm fables served up with a touch of irreverence, impressive virtuosity and the company’s signature comic touch. In this reinvented agricultural world, the farm is turned upside down and the barn’s inside out!

A gentleman farmer has surrounded himself with some familiar but slightly outlandish creatures: the chickens have teeth, the ducks are slightly menacing and the cows are kicking up a fuss. In this “farm fantasy,” the imagination conjures up stories from childhood, rural life proves to be both energetic and poetic, and clichés are joyfully turned on their head.

Yet again, the clan of family and friends that make up Cirque Alfonse has favoured a multidisciplinary approach where circus, song, dance and theatre all come together, driven by original live music—an irresistible mix of trad and soul that the troupe calls agricultural funk!

A production for young and old alike, Animal is the farm gone haywire!

6 years and up

Oct 27 to 29, 2021 — 75 minutes with no intermission $20 — $45


Photo — Rollline Laporte
Photo — Jean-François Savaria
Photo — Jean-François Savaria

What People Are Saying...

"A calf, a cow, a pig, a brood... Cirque Alfonse has assembled a real menagerie onstage for its recent creation, Animal, a joyous farm party where the music and theatre are as satisfying as the acrobatic feats."

La Presse, July 6, 2021

"On the agenda are songs—traditional tunes reinterpreted and adapted to a rock or hymn-like style. There are feats too, but, most of all, there’s an incredibly contagious zest for life in this evening that unfolds like a country gathering. Cirque Alfonse once again stands out for its humour: the number with the three men juggling eggs on a moving board is particularly strong!"

Le Devoir, July 10, 2021



Antoine Carabinier Lépine
Julie Carabinier Lépine
Alain Carabinier
Jonathan Casaubon
Jean-Philippe Cuerrier
Justine Méthé-Crozat


Josianne Laporte
David Simard
Guillaume Turcotte

Tour Technicians

Sound Manager Katie Sweeney
Lighting Manager Jean-François Piché


Production Cirque Alfonse
Artistic Direction Julie and Antoine Carabinier-Lépine
Direction Alain Francoeur
Composition of Original Music David Simard
Lighting Design Nicolas Descôteaux
Costume Design Geneviève Beauchamp
Acrobatic Equipment Design Sylvain Lafrenière
Costumes Design Geneviève Beauchamp
Acrobatic Equipment Design Sylvain Lafrenière

The creation and tour of Animal was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Arts Council.

Public Sponsors of the Programming

  • Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
  • Canada
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Ville de Québec