CIRCUS DELIVERS A HAIR-RAISING EXPERIENCE
IF you had just one word to encapsulate French-Canadian circus spectacular, BARBU, it would be beards.
Hairy, untamed, manly – not hipster – beards. Every male in the troupe – except DJ David Simard who is simply moustachioed – sports one.
BARBU creator and performer, Antoine Carabinier Lepine said facial hair had become the collective’s brand and was not a mere fashion statement.
“Before BARBU (which translates to bearded), we had another show called Timber! and we needed beards for that because it was a lumberjack circus show,” he said. “After that, we decided to keep them. “They sometimes get in the way; when we climb on each other we have to be careful where we put our feet.”
Carabinier Lepine founded worldrenowned company Cirque Alfonse in 2005 after putting on a show for his father’s 60th birthday.
Comprising his sister, brother-inlaw and friends, the group creates cheeky circus acts, bearing muscles, beards and sweat, and mixing all various artforms together.
The 35-year-old discovered his calling at 14 in his home city, Montreal.
“My father took me to see a National Circus School show and when I saw it, I fell in love,” Carabinier Lepine said.
Carabinier Lepine is in Perth, for the first time, for two weeks and looks forward to visiting the beach and exploring the city.
BARBU in action.