How Montreal became the circus capital of the world

Photograph by Roger LeMoyneCirque Alfonse runs through Timber!

Photograph by Roger LeMoyneA child performer from Franck et Magali Innocenti, a newly emigrated family circus from France, with one of the troupe’s equine members.

Photograph by Roger LeMoyneNo Strings Attached: Antoine Carabinier-Lépine of Cirque Alfonse catapults through the air for Timber!, a popular show set in an old Quebec logging camp.

Photograph by Roger LeMoyneBackstage Pass: Antoine Carabinier-Lépine and other members of the Cirque Alfonse family celebrate the premiere of Timber!

Photograph by Roger LeMoyneLes 7 doigts de la main performers relax in the dressing room at a Cabaret 2011 rehearsal.

Photograph by Roger LeMoyneReflecting Glory: Les 7 doigts de la main’s Alexandra Royer dresses for Cabaret 2011 on opening night.

Photograph by Roger LeMoyneCirque du Soleil’s pseudo–world circus mash-up, Dralion, at Montreal’s Bell Centre.

Photograph by Roger LeMoyneHigh Camp: The French troupe Rasposo pitches a traditional circus tent on the Tohu grounds.

Photograph by Roger LeMoyneA Cirque du Soleil juggler at the Bell Centre.
Sean Michaels writes about music for Believer magazine, the Guardian, and his Montreal blog, Said the Gramophone.
Roger LeMoyne studied film and music at Concordia University in Montreal. He has published photography in Life, Time, and Maclean’s.
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