"Passagers marries images, music and acrobatic performances in an evocative and inspiring whirlwind.”
Le Devoir (Canada)
"We find the signature of the collective, combining circus, music, contemporary dance and physical theater."
Circus Talk (USA)
"Ingenious staging and spectacular acts."
"Passagers is a multidisciplinary, multisensory show."
Huffington Post (Canada)
"One of the strengths of the company is to bring together people from different backgrounds under one roof, driven by the powerful desire to dream."
Circus Talk (USA)
"With poetry and nostalgia, it’s human beings, in all their diversity, their contradictions and their excesses, that remain at the heart of this show."
Le Journal de Montréal
"Once again, they have drawn on their wildest imagination and created a show that keeps spectators enthralled."
Departure vs. transit vs. arrival. Chance vs. choice vs. destiny. Stillness vs. acceleration. Reflection vs. transparency. Familiar vs. foreign. Private vs. public. Confinement vs. border-crossing. Bright headlights vs. tunnel-darkness. Past vs. future…
Our fascination with trains is both a nostalgic one — dreams of another era, another land — and a symbolic one: life happens along this track of sorts, twisting and turning through valleys and plains. We speed through lands all the while staring out the window, at the reflection of our very own eyes superimposed upon the shifting landscape. Tearful goodbyes, anticipatory reunions. Fateful encounters inside the cabin. A community of strangers with one thing in common: we all have somewhere to go. Our reasons for leaving may differ but we are joined in a moment of suspended limbo between two lives, as we say goodbye to one and prepare for another.
The original music of Passagers is available on Bandcamp.
Director Shana Carroll spoke with us about train travel, the contradictions of the world, and the creative process
Original idea : Shana Carroll
Direction and choreography : Shana Carroll
Assisted by : Isabelle Chassé
TOHU (Montreal, Canada)
Moscow Musical Theatre (Moscow, Russia)
Arts Emerson (Boston, USA)
The artists: Sereno Aguilar, Louis Joyal, Maude Parent, Samuel Renaud, Brin Schoellkopf, Sabine Van Rensburg, Conor Wild, Freyja Wild
Scenography Ana Cappelluto
Musical Director Colin Gagné
Video Designer Jhonny Ranger
Lighting Designer Éric Champoux
Costume Designer Camille Thibault-Bédard
Head Coach Francisco Cruz
Project Manager Sabrina Gilbert
Technical Director Simon Lachance
Stage Manager Charlotte Legault
Assistante à la direction technique Marie-Hélène Grisé
Video Coordinator Dominique Hawry
Video Programmation Laura-Rose R.Grenier
DOP - Shooting Mark Ó Fearghaíl
Video Animation Yannick Doucet & Remi Borgeal
Sound Engineer Jérôme Guilleaume
Light Programmation Stéphane Lecavalier
Electric Chief Gabriel Fournier-El Ayachi
Trapeze Coach Véronique Thibault
Gréeurs de création Stéphane Beauchet & Nicolas Lemieux
Assistante à la scénographie Dominique Coughlin
Assistante aux costumes Catherine Veri
Stagiaire en gréage Joanie Audet
Music, Lyrics, sound design and arrangements Colin Gagné
in collaboration with
Jean-Sébastien Leblanc (arrangements Contorsion, Hulahoop et Trapèze )
Boogát (paroles Jonglerie )
Freyja Wild (paroles Roaming Song)
Jérôme Guilleaume (arrangements Jonglerie)
Opening, Tight Wire and Epilogue music is based on a theme composed by Raphael Cruz.
Voice and instruments
Guido Del Fabbro
With covers of
Burma-Shave (Tom Waits)
Louise (Big Brutus)
Saint Louis Blues (W.C. Handy)
And samples from
Nostalgias (Juan Carlos Cobián, Enrique Cadícamo)
El deportado (Oscar Chavez)
Tour Manager Charlotte Legault
Technical Director Dominic Rivard-Proulx
Rigging Yann Seillier
Light Operator Gabriel Fournier-El Ayachi
Sound & Video Operator Jean-Félix Lamarche
ACMÉ Décors (Mario Bonenfant & Étienne Boucher-Cazabon), Lionel Arnould, Concept ParaDesign, Emilie Bonnavaud, Nicolas Belle-Isle, Manuel Chantre, CRITAC (Patrice Aubertin, Marion Cossin, Jean Thibault), Antoine Grenier, Mathieu Grégoire, Patrick Handfield, Camille Labelle, Cédric Lord, LSM (Michel Baron & Julien Perron), Ovations Atelier (René Ross), XYZ Technologies (Camille St-Germain)
Ce spectacle est dédié à la mémoire de Raphael Cruz