News/Jun 21, 2017
Historic Partnership between Cirque Éloize and Just For Laughs
Two Quebec Flagships Set Sail for Paris
Montreal, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – Gilbert Rozon, the Founder and President of Just For Laughs and Jeannot Painchaud, President and Creative Director of Cirque Éloize, are teaming up on a major cultural project in Paris. The two big Montreal companies are partnering up as part of a five-year agreement for the exclusive production of Cirque Éloize productions in Paris at the Théâtre du 13ème ART, which is owned by Just For Laughs, known in French as “Juste pour rire.”
It’s a truly historic turn of events that brings Cirque Éloize and Just for Laughs together in the French capital. The arrival of a new private 900-seat theatre has garnered a lot of attention in the Parisian cultural world. The official opening this coming September will be a first in over 100 years in the City of Lights. The theatre is already 80% booked up with shows for the next season.
The first show to play the new Théâtre du 13ème ART will be Cirkopolis, which runs from October 4 to 29, 2017. And for Gilbert Rozon, the timing of this partnership could not be more perfect. “Just For Laughs is being exported! And this partnership with my friends at Cirque Éloize could not have come at a better time in the present context. It’s extraordinary to see two major Quebec companies break onto the French cultural scene. It’s never been done before!”
“The partnership between Just For Laughs and Cirque Éloize appeared to me to be completely natural given the artistic content created by the two companies. Cirque Éloize shows will surely be a hit with Parisian audiences,” says Olivier Peyronnaud, Director, Théâtre du 13ème ART, who has also presented several Cirque Éloize shows in various theatres around France.
For Jeannot Painchaud, this project is also very special. “We have at last found our home in Paris with this new partnership! This agreement could give us the opportunity to present several shows in Paris throughout the year. Secondly, we will also come to an agreement so that Just For Laughs can present Cirque Éloize and help it develop in the special events market across the entire French market.”