June 25-27, 2021



From Vancouver, BC

A show… a film… a circus. By Maria Sample, Sidonie Adamson & Renée Mak. A show written specifically during COVID-19 in order to celebrate local artists, musicians, and arts venues. Pause.Shift.Rebound is a collaborative, contemporary circus piece that explores the magic of live performing arts and everything that makes this realm


From Calgary, AB

TEN: A meticulous approach to contemporary circus featuring seven of Calgary’s top artists. Having endured chaos, uncertainty, loss and a variety of hardships during a global pandemic, the artists behind TEN take an introspective look at the emotions that were prevalent throughout the past year. Through the expression of such experiences TEN also showcases the strength, perseverance and resilience of the human condition.

Circus Scenes from a Pandemic

Conceived and Curated by Firefly Theatre and Circus

Circus Artists are used to performing in front of a live audience. How does that change the art and the artist when no one is there? Firefly Theatre invited 12 circus artists who have appeared on stage with us throughout the years to join us for this virtual show. The result is an intimate and extraordinary collection of circus scenes from a pandemic.

Performances by: Angelie Major-Varallo, Dominique Major, Martin Varallo (Quebec), Billy Kidd (UK), Eliza Lance (Quebec), Kadri Hansen (Estonia), Kristi Wade & Kirby Myers (Australia), Lyne Gosselin & Normand Boulé (Alberta), Mackenzie Baert (Greece), Marla Albiston (Alberta), Patrick Chan (Alberta), Ross Travis (USA), Stephanie Gruson (Alberta), Annie Dugan (Alberta)


A Balanced Mindset Through Juggling

With Bekka Rose

Juggling is not only a fun skill to learn, but it’s also an excellent way to improve coordination, relieve stress, clear your mind, and get moving.

Storyboard your project

Creative process for show building with Maria Sample, Sidonie Adamson & Renée Mak from Pause. Shift. Rebound.

The creators of Pause. Shift. Rebound. explore how to go beyond a single act and into show building. This workshop will cover creative process, planning and project intention and goal setting. Together we will dive into storyboarding, how to “get inspired”, teamwork and more in this lecture and exercise based workshop. This workshop welcomes all experience levels and disciplines and if for anyone interested in show creation.

Industry Events

Keynote Welcome & Masterclass

Masterclass: From Concept to Stage with Krista Monson

Our Keynote Speaker, the internationally renowned Creative & Stage Director Krista Monson!  Our theme for the first-ever Alberta Circus Arts Festival is Creation, and Krista will discuss, share and inspire us all.  

Tour of Alberta Circus Studios

Join us as we travel around the province on a virtual tour of Alberta’s circus studios!
See where you can stop in and train on your next road trip.

Industry Series Panel Discussion

Expanding Circus Across Canada – Building a Regional Voice in a Post-Pandemic Landscape.

Moderater: Tim Roberts, Directeur général at Ècole de cirque de Quebec.

Panelists: Anahareo Dölle, St John’s Int. CircusFest, Newfoundland; Christine Bouchard, En Piste, Quebec; Holly Treddenick, Femmes du Feu Creations, Ontario; Nick Beach, Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, Alberta; Dean Bareham, Greenfools Theatre Society, Alberta; Robin Szuch, Spectacle Blue, Alberta; Renée Mak, Pause.Shift.Rebound Show, BC

En Piste and Alberta Circus

En Piste is here to support Albertan circus and the people who make it!

In this discussion, En Piste, the National Circus Arts Alliance, will share current programs relevant to those working in circus in Alberta. 

Q & A with the Canada Council for the Arts

Do you have an idea for a project?

The Canada Council for the Arts recognizes circus as a genre. Join CC Officer Sue-Ellen Gerritsen for a conversation about the granting process and how it can benefit you.