March 8 – 23, 2024

At a glance

Place _________  Centre St Jax
Address ______  1439 Ste-Catherine W Street, Montreal
Duration ______  1h30
Intermission __  20 minutes
Language ____   French
Price _________  From 35,55$. Group discounts are available.

What to expect

In the heart of downtown, sit down for a moment of sharing and discovery! Subdued lighting, dizzying heights under the vaulted ceiling, the smell of hot popcorn – you’re sure to fall under the spell of this characterful heritage venue.

To help your serotonin levels rise, count on our Master of Ceremonies, Jerry Tremblay, and our DJ, Olipage. Colorful characters, seasoned entertainment professionals and experts in the absurd, they’ll make you burst out laughing!

The artists

Jerry Tremblay - EmCee

Jerry Tremblay, a passionate stuntman and graduate of the École Nationale de Cirque de Montréal, travels the world with the greatest circus companies. Inspired by his daily life, he creates theatrical acts filled with absurd and subtle humor. Jerry presents a show in which his developed sense of humor and his ability to embody humorous characters captivate the audience. Under the century-old vault of the Centre St Jax church, he will amaze you with surprising acrobatic numbers, combining delicious doubt with a powerful and brilliant performance.

Marilou Verschelden - German Wheel

Marilou grew up in a family of geologists in Abitibi, where she discovered her passion for the arts and sports. Attracted to fitness and absurdist artistry, she started with synchronized swimming, and then turned her attention to circus. Graduating from the École nationale de cirque de Montréal in 2015, she has since worked with various international companies, while practicing Muay Thai and being a bike mechanic in her spare time.

Louis Joyal - Aerial Straps

Introduced to field hockey by his family, Louis then chose artistic gymnastics before developing a passion for circus. He graduated in 2017 from the Cirque Études Secondaire program at l’École Nationale de Cirque de Montréal, and has been forming a duo with Samuel since 2014. Invited to the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris in 2018, they worked with Cirque du Soleil, Les 7 Doigts, and participated in the creation of the show Passagers. During the pandemic, Louis resumed his studies at McGill, also exploring his passion for photography.

Mariana del Rio - Aerial Loop

Born in Mexico, Mariana began classical ballet at the age of 4. Her passion for dance led her to Europe, where she continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Dance. Throughout her career, Mariana showcased her talents in various dance companies in Mexico, Brazil and Spain, but it was only at the age of 21 that she discovered the world of circus arts. Eager to deepen her knowledge, Mariana set her sights on Montreal, where she immersed herself in the subtleties of circus performance.

Maël Tran - Hand Balancing

Maël discovered the world of circus at the age of 3 at the École de Cirque de Bruxelles. He fell in love with balancing at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque in France, then graduated from the École Nationale de Cirque de Montréal. He has taken part in lots of festivals, including CircusFest in St-John’s and Montréal Complètement Cirque. He will perform for the first time his act “De Terre et d’Éther” which is an exploration of self-forgetting and the groundedness that help us stay true to ourselves in moments of doubt.

Rosalie Beauchamp - Aerial Double Hoop

Originally from Mont-Laurier, Rosalie Beauchamp fulfilled her circus dream after studying dance and science. Specializing in aerial duo with her creation, the Aerial Hoop, she performs in Mexico and European festivals. Co-founder of Le Monastère in 2016, she runs our NPO dedicated to circus, promoting the development of artists in Quebec. Rosalie is also involved in the local social economy and continues to perform as an artist when the opportunity arises.

Santiago Rivera - Juggling

Santiago Rivera Laugerud, a multidisciplinary artist originally from Guatemala, discovered his passion for circus at the age of 7, after being introduced to juggling by the director of a musical theater company. He then trained himself as an autodidact until he was accepted at École Nationale de Cirque de Montréal. By combining contemporary dance and physical theater into his juggling, Santiago became the first Central American artist admitted to the school. His work has been recognized by organizations. He will perform for the first time in Le Sanctuaire, after participating in an open-stage at Annexe 1439.

Rachel Gauthier - Aerial Double Hoop

Rachel is originally from Rouyn-Noranda and graduated from l’École de Cirque de Québec in 2006. As a versatile aerial artist, she began her career with Luna Caballera, combining aerial discipline and acrobatics on horseback. Renowned for her stage presence and captivating energy, she has accumulated over 20 years of experience, winning prizes at various festivals. Her talents can be seen on national and international tours, video games, corporate events, luxury cruises and various shows.

Jesse Harris - Chinese Pole

Born in 1998 in the United States, Jesse started training in gymnastics at an early age, but did not enter the circus world until he was 17, when he arrived in Montreal. He then studied at the National Circus School, graduating in 2020 after developing his skills as an artist and athlete in several acrobatic disciplines. Since then, he has worked with renowned local companies such as Les 7 doigts de la main, and participated in various festivals such as Montréal Complètement Cirque. He will be performing for the first time on the Monastère stage, presenting his work “La vie en violet”.

Tori Boggs - Jump Rope

Tori Boggs first fell in love with jump rope at the age of 5. Today, she’s considered the world’s most decorated athlete, with 31 Grand World Jump Rope Champion titles, Triple Unders world record and a Guinness World Record. After her first circus experience in Quebec, she was keen to explore her discipline and bring it to a wider audience. She has traveled and performed in over 30 countries, using rope in unique and creative ways with dynamic, acrobatic movements.

Olipage - DJ Musician

Olipage, the Montreal’s looping machine, is known for its memorable performances, such as the one at Rockfest or the closing act for the FAR 2023 Festival. His music – a fusion of folk, rap, comedy and sleep deprivation – is often described as an “augmented reality” version. Influenced by Muse, James Blake and Marc Rebillet, Olipage aims to inspire those who feel “out of touch”. He is currently releasing new French-language songs, including the comic single “Ananas”, broadcast on radio stations such as CKOI in Quebec. He will perform from the pulpit of Le Monastère for the second time.

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