The Ark

The Ark

Original music:
Denis Gougeon
Merlin Ettore

At the heart of The Ark is a message of hope delivered by acrobats, music and a host of breathtaking images. The Ark gently invites us to reflect upon our world and become aware of how it is crumbling around us.

A stunning production where each remarkable scene is as unpredictable as it is delicate.

At the core of the piece is a plea on behalf of Nature, on behalf of an environment that was bestowed to us, one that we must preserve and pass on to future generations.

Despite the richness of our planet, our resources are limited and continue to decrease every hour of every day. And yet there are men and women everywhere striving to preserve our world, one whose fragility is matched only by its magnificent beauty.

Our message is not an alarmist one: we simply seek to awaken the public’s interest in a cause that is without borders, without limits.

The Ark is supported by:
The Biodome of Montreal
The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Environment Programme
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

Length: 75 min
Languages: no words
Ages: general audience (10 years old and up)

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Creative Team

Press room


Technical requirements

People’s comments

Creative Team

Creative team

Artistic Directors :
Reggi Ettore
Lorena Corradi

Consultant for the creation of the production and costume designer :
Pascal Jacob

Stage Director :
Julie Lachance

Composer :
Denis Gougeon
Merlin Ettore

Image Design :
Pier Chartrand & Lucion Média

Lighting Design :
Bruno Rafie

Assistant costume design and confection :
Michel Vaudrin

Julie Lachance, stage director
Originally from the world of dance, whether as choreographer, stage director or teacher, Julie Lachance has now been a part of the Quebec circus scene for over twenty years. Her artistic profile is rich and varied. Be it in her work on large productions, smaller scale presentations or specific exploration work with independent artists, her creative approach in circus arts embraces the fusion of forms and styles.
Dralion (Cirque du Soleil), Chameleon and Synfunia (Salto Natale, Switzerland), Ulalena (Maui Myth and Magic, Hawaii), My Dance and Do I know you ? (Sandy Silva), Celui qui a des yeux (Productions à Trois Têtes) and over fifteen productions at Montreal’s National Circus School are among the numerous creations to which she has collaborated.

Pascal Jacob, consultant for the creation of the production and costume designer
Pascal Jacob is an historian of the circus and the stage. He is passionate about all aspects of the circus, and is also director and scenarist for the theatre and the opera.
As an author and professor, he has worked with Alain M. Pacherie, artistic director of the Cirque Phénix in Paris. A prolific writer, he has published many works about the circus arts.
He is an indisputable authority in his field. Driven to share his knowledge of the art, Pascal Jacob teaches the history of the circus in many settings, including schools in Rosny-sous-Bois, Brussels and Montreal, as well as at the Centre national des Arts du cirque de Châlons in Champagne.

Denis Gougeon, composer
Denis Gougeon is one of the foremost composers of his generation. He has received commissions for a number of groups and individual performers in Canada and abroad, for concert music, theatre and ballet alike. His music is accessible, dynamic, and lyrical.
In November 2000, the "Conseil Québécois de la Musique" awarded him the Opus prize for Composer of the Year.
Along with Yves Daoust, Gougeon wrote the scores for the Arsenal’s productions of Planète Baobab (The Little Prince and Alice). Denis Gougeon describes himself as an ‘intuitive’ composer, who seeks to touch the listener directly, via emotion.

Pier Chartrand, visual design
Since 1980, Pier Chartrand has acquired solid experience in web design, illustration, technical layout, photo and artistic direction, as well as film direction. He has designed posters for exhibits, plays and films, as well as art catalogues and 3-D animation for a variety of clients.

Lucion Média, visual design
Lucion Media has been specializing in multimedia stage productions for10 years.
Its theatre facilities replicate stage conditions to test scenography, projections, lighting and performances. It became a great tool to develop productions used by many visual artists.



April-May 2013

2013-04-27 Sorocaba, Brazil
2013-04-28 Sorocaba, Brazil
2013-05-03 Santana, Brazil
2013-05-04 Santana, Brazil
2013-05-05 Santana, Brazil

February 2013

2013-02-02 Teatro Sociale, Como, Italy
2013-02-03 Gran Teatro Geox, Padova, Italy
2013-02-05 Teatro della Regina, Cattolica, Italy
2013-02-07 Teatro Massimo, Pescara, Italy
2013-02-08 Teatro De Andrè, Casalgrande, Italy
2013-02-09 Teatro Colosseo, Torino, Italy
2013-02-12 Teatro Cristallo/Nuovo, Bolzano, Italy
2013-02-13 Teatro Cristallo/Nuovo, Bolzano, Italy
2013-02-14 Teatro Verdi, Pordenone, Italy
2013-02-15 Teatro Verdi, Pordenone, Italy
2013-02-16 Teatro Giuditta Pasta, Saronno, Italy
2013-02-19 Teatro Politeama Genovese, Genova, Italy

2013-02-20 Teatro Auditorium, Lugano, Switzerland

2013-02-25 Cankarjev Dom Theatre, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2013-02-26 Cankarjev Dom Theatre, Ljubljana, Slovenia


April 2012
Marie-Gérin-Lajoie Theatre, Montréal, Québec


April 2011
The closing show of The Montreal’s Games 2011, Montréal, Québec

March 2011
Centre des Arts Juliette-Lassonde, Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec

February 2011

Teatro Giovannni da Udine, Udine, Italy
Teatro Saschall, Firenze, Italy
Teatro Lyrick, Assisi, Italy
Teatro Cristallo, Bolzano, Italy
Palais Saint Vincent, Saint Vincent, Italy
Palabrescia, Brescia, Italy
Teatro delle Celebrazioni, Bologna, Italy

January 2011

Teatro Kennedy, Fasano, Italy
Teatro San Michele, Manfredonia, Italy
Teatro Paisiello, Lecce, Italy


October 2010
Denise-Pelletier Theater, Montréal, Québec

September 2010
Shanghai Center Theater, Shanghai, P.R.C.

February 2010
Sai Wan Ho Civic Center, Hong Kong, P.R.C.

January 2010
Official launch of the International Year the Biological Diversity
Pierre-Mercure Theatre at the Pierre-Péladeau Center, Montréal, Québec


November 2009
Alphonse-Desjardins Theatre
Cultural Center of Rivière-du-Loup, Rivière-du-Loup, Québec

Desjardins-TELUS Theatre, Rimouski, Québec

Regional Desjardins Theater, New Richmond, Québec

Pauline-Julien Performing Arts Center, Sainte-Geneviève, Québec

Maison de la culture Rivière-des-Prairies, Montréal, Québec

October 2009
Place des Arts, Montréal, Québec

September 2009
25th Open House Arts Festival
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, USA

May 2009
Macao Arts Festival
Macao Cultural Centre, NAPE, Macao, P.R.C.

The opening show of The 5th World Environmental Education Congress
Palais des congrès, Montréal, Québec


December 2008
Place des Arts, Montréal, Québec

November 2008
TOHU, Montréal, Québec

Technical requirements

The Ark - Technical Rider (PDF)

People’s comments

“Using imagination for a cause.
Combining ecology and circus arts was a great challenge, but it was done in such an imaginative and interesting way. I have been impressed from the very start… It was too short. I hope they will perform again in Montreal because I’d like my friends to see it.”
Jacques L.

“Unprecedented and thoughtful.
The three-dimensions special effects are particularly innovative, as well as the sight of the acrobats through the ocean, the forest, among factories and so on. Original music with excellent cutting edge percussion sounds managed to increase awareness about bio diversity. There is a little damper: the presentation was too long and not lively enough.”
Daniel B.

Fabulous setup. An interesting and cultural show. The show catches attention and fascinates, from the beginning to the end. Thumbs up!”
Madeleine P.

“Beautiful performance.
I had a very good night. With its special effects and talented artists, the show was very well done. In spite of the important message, the speech could have been shorter to let the show begin.”
Annie L.

“The reality and what comes our way!
Having worked for 40 years in the field of industrial constructions of all kinds, such as mines, steel, oil and sugar refineries, as well as pharmaceuticals and food industry, I can tell you all of this is a mess. I dare thinking that we can still save the Earth. I think it is an excellent documentary, same for the artists, the juggler, the drums and the setting. Thank you to all those who cooperated to this success.”

“Original use of circus arts to communicate an important message.
The combo of multimedia with circus arts and music offered a very creative way to tell the story of an important subject.”
Karen H.

“Excellent show.
I recommend it to all, very dynamic and really maks us realize how responsible we are of the environment.”
Serge G.

“A call for mobilization.
An interesting work mixing different arts… But it lacks a little depth.”
Yasmina S.

“Fantastic show.
I would have skipped the academic and heavy presentation, but the show was way beyond my expectations, the mix of live music, multimedia projections and circus arts was mind-blowing. Although the performance was at times very abstract and hard to understand, the emotion was always vivid. The artists gave a stunning performance.”
Emilie G.

“Interesting night.
My guests loved their night! They have been particularly glad to discover the Pierre-Mercure theatre. The show was absolutely magnificent and managed to increase awareness about this cause.”
Martin C.