The National Circus School will headline the 30th Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris

    MONTREAL, Jan. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain has
invited the National Circus School to create and perform the opening work at
the 30th anniversary edition of the competition. Five of the School's
graduates will also compete in this prestigious festival, which will be held
in Paris from January 20 to February 1, 2009.
    "As part of its thirtieth anniversary celebrations, the Festival Mondial
du Cirque de Demain will pay tribute to circus schools around the world who
have contributed to the renewal of the arts of the ring. The choice of
Montreal's National Circus School for the opening work is both a tribute to
this training institution's excellence in circus arts education and its
placement amongst a highly select circle of the best circus schools in the
world" explains the Festival's artistic coordinator, Pascal Jacob.
    The opening work, created by Howard Richard, Director of Creation for the
National Circus School, highlights the talents of 14 students enrolled in
advanced training programs. It also serves as a prelude to an exceptional
showcase of the cream of the crop of up-and-coming circus artists who will
present their best acts. Three such works will be performed by School
graduates: Florent Lestage (DEC 2008), juggling; Justine Méthé-Crozat and
Philippe Renaud (DEC 2007), hand-to-hand; and Stéphane Beauregard and Jérémie
Robert (DEC 2004) on the Korean board.
    Over the past two decades alone, more than 40 of the School's students
and graduates have distinguished themselves and have garnered some 30 special
awards, including three gold, eleven silver and six bronze medals.
    Audiences here will not miss out. The TOHU will present the Montreal
premiere of the 30th anniversary Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain from
February 17 to 28. As in Paris, the School's circus artists will perform the
opening work during its 10-day run.

For further information:

For further information: Jean-Benoit Houde, Casacom, (514) 286 2145,
ext. 224; Contact: Marie-Pier Turgeon, National Circus School, (514) 982-0859,
ext. 248

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