Photo by Frederic Barrette

The Cultch Presents


Cirque Alfonse (Québec)

June 12–23, 2024

Box Office Hours

Phone: 604-251-1363

Monday 12–6pm
Tuesday through Saturday 12–4pm

Open 1 hour prior to every show

A retro circus rave!

Barbu delves into the birth of the circus in Montréal at the turn of the 20th century. 

Imagine a fairground where spectators are left spellbound by remarkable performances, outrageous feats, and unexpected eccentricities! Music, video, circus, and kinds of craziness collide as each performer wows the audience with a showcase of spectacular skills. May the boldest heart and the best beard win!

The Draw

Accompanied by a wild electro-trad band, the renowned Cirque Alfonse clan takes us back to the circus’s daring beginnings!

Show Credits

Production: Cirque Alfonse
Artistic direction: Antoine Carabinier-Lépine and Julie Carabinier-Lépine
Director: Alain Francoeur
Lights and props conceptor: Nicole Descôteaux
Video conceptor: Frederic Barrette
Original music composition: André Gagné and David Simard
Costumes design: Lucien Bernèche



Photos by Frederic Barrette


“Hilarious, random and deliriously sexy, Barbu is the most captivating alternative circus show that anyone could hope to see this summer.”

“Fuelled by a wonderfully enlivening folk-rock score, this is joyously naughty, laugh-out-loud witty and unpretentiously camp”

“Strange, curious, sexy, quirky and an enormous amount of fun.”

“Whether it’s a ball balanced between a pair of strapping chests or a cask of booze spraying everywhere from on top of a human pyramid, it’s brash, crass and guiltily fun.”

Time Out 

A+: $74
A:  $69
B:  $54
C:  $39

Cultch Connects:

Our Cultch Connects program provides free tickets for families, community groups, artists, and others who might not be able to otherwise experience our shows. If you would like to learn more about how to access Cultch Connects tickets, please reach out to [email protected].


Wed, Jun 12, 7:30pM

thurs, Jun 13, 7:30PM

Fri, Jun 14, 7:30PM

sat, Jun 15, 7:30PM

Sun, Jun 16, 7:30PM

Wed, Jun 19, 7:30PM

thurs, Jun 20, 7:30PM

fri, Jun 21, 7:30PM

sat, Jun 22, 7:30PM

sun, jun 23, 7:30PM

Evening Shows: 7:30 PM
June 12: Opening
June 13-16, 19–23

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The Cultch offers American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performances, Live Audio described performance in partnership with VocalEye and Relaxed Performances for a less restrictive environment. Those who do not require these accessibility features will not experience any disturbance to the performance.

Find out more about our Accessibile performance options.