PORTLAND — Thrilling aerial and circus acrobatics combined with epic feats of agility and strength, inspired by North-American lumberjacks, loggers and farmers will roll into Merrill Auditorium when Portland Ovations presents Quebec’s Cirque Alfonse: TIMBER! at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Cirque Alfonse, established in 2005 is a young circus company from Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez in the province of Quebec. Its founding members have all worked with some of the most renowned “nouveau cirque” companies around the world.

This troupe is comprised of a team of professional acrobats graduated from the École nationale de cirque de Montréal, as well as a professional dancer, an ex-skiing champion and three talented and versatile musicians.

This brave and creative group of performers is blazing a creative path that no one has yet dared to explore, blending the arts and techniques of the circus and infusing them with the most picturesque facets of traditional Quebec folklore.

Fueled by live Quebecois music, the troupe creates a colorful, energetic scene of agility and strength while they juggle axes, duck and dive between whirled-about saws, and execute daring handstands, balancing acts and acrobatic flips on stage.

In collaboration with the performance of Cirque Alfonse: TIMBER! The Maine Historical Society will hold a film series at noon on Thursday, Jan. 23, with a showing of “Woodsmen and River Drivers: Another Day Another Era.”

A short film focusing on five individuals who worked for the Machias Lumber Company, and on the same day a showing of “In the Blood” will take place at 6:30 p.m. This Sumner McKane film is an illustration of the life, skills, and character of the turn-of-the-century Maine lumbermen and river drivers.

Tickets for TIMBER! are $35 to $45 for Ovations’ members, $38 to $50 for the general public and a limited amount of $20 student tickets are also available. To purchase tickets, visit www.portlandovations.org, contact PortTIX at 207-842-0800 or visit the box office window at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St.


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