Machine de Cirque is a non-profit 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, a non-profit organization (NPO), was created in 2013 under the initiative of Company President and Chief Executive Officer Vincent Dubé, a circus performer for 22 years and holder of a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Its beginnings are rooted in research and creation sessions conducted over the previous year. These sessions, which involved performers Raphaël Dubé, Yohann Trépanier and Frédéric Lebrasseur, were so productive that they provided the impetus to launch the NPO. Acrobats Maxim Laurin and Ugo Dario subsequently joined the team in the summer of 2013. These additions rounded out the cast that would become Machine de Cirque, the organization's namesake show.
This initial production, which was finalized in May 2015 and featured the collaboration of several Québec City area designers, was an instant hit. Barely two years after its creation, the show has already been performed in some fifteen municipalities across Canada and nearly 30 cities in France, Spain, Romania, Austria, Germany, Hungary, the United States, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, and on it goes. The cabaret version of the show has also been performed over 300 times in Germany.
In 2018, the NPO plans to diversify by presenting a large-scale outdoor show titled Truck Stop starting this summer. This mobile show will be performed across Canada from east to west.
New productions are also on the drawing table. They are based on the three pillars of the NPO's artistic signature — ingenuity, live performative music and theatrics — and carried by the collaborative spirit that fuels Machine de Cirque. The original performers from the initial show are the motor: they are partners and therefore 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.