Machine de Cirque is an organization whose mission is to bring together various actors from the arts and technology world around circus show production projects.
The Québec City organization focuses on production excellence and the sustainable development of its team. It encourages exchanges and collaboration with other regional cultural organizations to promote home-grown talent and to develop local and regional expertise. It welcomes the involvement of international specialists, whose resources can be shared with the region's cultural community.
Machine de Cirque has international ambitions and wishes, through its productions, to become an exemplary ambassador of Québec circus productions around the world.▼
Machine de Cirque was founded in 2013 under the initiative of Vincent Dubé, a circus artist for over 20 years and holder of a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He is the Company's artistic director and CEO. Circus artists Raphaël Dubé, Yohann Trépanier, Ugo Dario and Maxim Laurin and multi-instrumentalist Frédéric Lebrasseur are its confounders. They joined forces with Vincent to create the organization's very first production in 2015: its namesake show.
From its very beginnings, “Machine de Cirque” enjoyed tremendous public and critical success. The Boston Globe has in fact qualified the show as “an inspired performance of acrobatics and broad comedy” (Don Aucoin, September 23, 2016). This first production and the cabaret version have been presented nearly 600 times in France, Japan, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania, the United States, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Spain and Canada. And the show lives on…
In 2018, the organization created a large-scale travelling show titled “Truck Stop: The Great Journey.” The show was performed across Canada from coast to coast in summer 2018. This maiden tour included stops in some thirty municipalities and reached more than 16,000 spectators in areas as diverse as Kitcisakik (QC), Calgary (AB), and Hearst (ON). “Truck Stop: The Great Journey” was one of the 200 projects supported by the Canada Council for the Arts' New Chapter program that was created in celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary.
In 2019, a new show titled “La Galerie” will see the light of day. This production will immerse the audience in a fleeting canvas, where the boundaries between what is art and what is not become blurred.
New productions are also on the drawing board. They are based on the three pillars of the organization's artistic signature — ingenuity, live performative music and theatrics — and propelled by the collaborative spirit that drives Machine de Cirque. The original performers from the very first production are the motor: they are partners who take an active part in all artistic decisions.▼
As an international circus performer and a trained engineer, Vincent is a jack of all trades. He just loves multi-disciplinary projects. He is also interested in using day-to-day items as circus-act props and vice versa. Always eager to learn, each project becomes a new opportunity to learn.
Yohann has used his creative, entrepreneurial and human spirit to create great projects. In addition to performing on many stages around the world, his duo has collected 40 million views on the internet. This incredible achievement is matched by his pride in having been a designer for Cirque du Soleil, but mostly for earning a living following his passion.
A multidisciplinary circus performer who came from the École de cirque de Québec and the École Nationale de cirque de Montréal, Raphaël was a huge success on the world stage as part of the “Les Beaux Frères” duo, especially with juggling, acrobatics and comedy. Versatility, imagination and innovation are the keys to his success.
As a teeter-totter acrobat, Ugo is always open and available to acrobatic collective acts. Linking dance and play in a performance are crucial for him. Far from being satisfied simply with gymnastics, he loves to expand on a basic technique to give it a personal touch – to give it life and experience it.
From the tender age of 11, acrobatics, dance, theater, and aerial performance were part of his daily life. Always eager to innovate, he created with his partner Ugo, two teeter-totter acts that each one the gold medal at the prestigious Paris Le Festival de Cirque de Demain and Switzerland’s Youngstage festivals.
A self-taught percussionist and multidisciplinary artist from Quebec. Fred has composed, directed and improvised with many bands and countless musical styles since 1991. As a composer for theater (with Robert Lepage), puppet shows, animated movies (NFB), visual arts, and dance, he has performed in over 25 countries.