Who we are
Cirque Les Improbables is a circus collective composed of Josianne Levasseur, Anouk Vallée-Charest, Jonathan Brochu and Mirko Trierenberg. Four circus artists who travelled around the world with well known and established companies for over 15 years: Cirque du Soleil, Dragone, Cirque Éloize and many more. Each member of the group has his own special skill-set, unique but complementary to those of the others. Which turned us into a team that’s rather… improbable!
Graduated from the National Circus School of Montreal in 2003, she mainly specializes in aerial techniques such as silk, hoop and trapeze.
With background as a gymnist and 20 years of experience in circus, Josianne is just as comfortable on the ground as in the air. Her specialities: flyer (aerial and hand to hand), silk and Cyr wheel.
Specialized in hand balancing when graduating from the National Circus School of Montreal in 2003, Jonathan never stopped excelling in new disciplines: Chinese pole, aerial straps (duo), hand to hand and singing.
Graduated from the Dimitri Theatre School (Switzerland) and from the National Circus School of Montreal, Mirko specializes in creating comedy acts and clown characters.
A bit of history
Two years ago, we joined our forces in the desire to create something very personal. A show through which we would be able to express what we feel towards the world surrounding us. Gradually, our ideas took form, and after many research and creation periods we finally reached the production of our first show: win[ ]dow. Born from multiple inspirations such as individualism, solitude, and overconsumption, our show address these subjects, which we think are a nuisance to society. But what’s more, we strive to propose possible solutions, such as collaboration, true human contact and compassion, all of which are important values to us.
We also wanted to innovate by creating our own apparatus. It is not an easy task to come up with new things in a world as old as circus, but with our will of change, 3 new apparatus poetically emerged: dance-frame, mâdre (a variation of a suspended Chinese pole) and the aerial window.
Concieved for small and medium sized theatres, our show is very intimate and close to the audience, with a stronger theatrical side than what is usually seen in circus.
"In a decaying society, art if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it."
Cirque Les Improbables’ mission is to create, produce and tour intimate and personal contemporary circus shows. The collective lays a lot of emphasis on content and the conveyed message.
- touch the audience by its theatricality and sensitivity
- convey a powerful message
- invite the public to ponder, with humor and poetry, without being preachy
- stand out from large scale shows by keeping the show intimate
- give more importance to human beings than to technology
- develop new audiences and bring circus arts to rural regions