The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg will present Cirque Alfonse in Timber!, Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. The presentation is part of the Theatre’s Major Artists series. Tickets cost $25 and $35.
Cirque Alfonse is a young circus troupe from a small Quebec town called Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, and the performers have drawn upon their country roots to find inspiration and energy for this unique creative project.Timber! is clearly off the beaten track. The show’s creators have designed unusual acrobatic apparatus inspired directly from the forestry resources available on their real-life family farm.
You can almost smell the fresh-cut pine logs and the sweat of lumberjacks as you watch the performers jiving to a traditional folk soundtrack. The action is set in a lumber-camp. Audience members are treated to merriment and mischief on an outhouse. Company members juggle and chop vegetables at high speed for the family stew pot. Taking authenticity to new heights, when Cirque Alfonse members rehearsed in their unheated Québécois barn, they sawed wood as a warm-up to their rehearsals.
The Guardian has called Timber! “…scarily thrilling…the performers’ unpretentious pleasure in their own prowess is infectious.”
Cirque Alfonse’s engagement is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The performance features reserved seating. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office,908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org. Subscribers’ packages are available for many Theatre series. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for most performances.
Raritan Valley Community College’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. Serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 50 years, RVCC is an educational and cultural center that is nationally recognized for its innovative programming, service to the community and environmental leadership. The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, professional development and personal enrichment courses. The College also has a performing arts center and planetarium.
RVCC is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community’s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu.
Image captions: Members of Cirque Alfonse perform in Timber! Photo courtesy of Cirque Alfonse.