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5 Unreal Acts You'll See at Montreal Complètement Cirque

Dancing on Roofs and in the Streets
5 Unreal Acts You'll See at Montreal Complètement Cirque
One week every summer, the city of Montreal becomes a modern urban circus. During Montreal Complètement Cirque—literally translated to “Montreal Completely Circus”—acrobats and daredevils from around the globe come together to put on a huge, interactive show in the streets and inside venues around the city. All the outdoor shows during the week (this year, July 6–16) are free and running constantly, so it feels like you’ve stepped into a strange, wonderful world—whether you’re going for coffee or headed to one of the indoor acts (we recommend the Hair Dryer’s Opera). Here, five photos that capture what you’ll see during this special week in Montreal.
Photo by Andrew Miller
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    Dancing on Roofs and in the Streets
    Dancing on Roofs and in the Streets
    Les Minutes—the Minute artists—put on free outdoor performances throughout the week, integrating parts of the city (such as its buildings, rails, and posts) into mobile acrobatic shows. You’ll recognize them by their red umbrellas and penchant for teasing distracted members of the crowd (so keep your phone in your pocket).
    Photo by Andrew Miller
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    Swinging in the Sky
    Swinging in the Sky
    Like crowd-surfing, only much more graceful.
    Photo by Andrew Miller
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    Jumps, Flips, and Falls
    Jumps, Flips, and Falls
    For a moment, she’ll look like she was meant to soar up, up, up, and never come down.
    Photo by Renald Laurin
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    Fearless Riders Suspended in Midair
    Fearless Riders Suspended in Midair
    This acrobat has mastered bike riding and moved onto bike flying. (Later, she’ll display another art: unicycling on a 10-foot-tall platform, like her friend in the background.)
    Photo by Renald Laurin
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    Blending City and Circus
    Blending City and Circus
    The thousands of people—mostly locals—who find themselves drawn to Montreal’s main streets during Complètement Cirque blend seamlessly into the show.
    Photo by Renald Laurin
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