Music, circus arts and a giant movable eagle sculpture in a free show at Cathedral Square

Note: Cathedral Flight has been postponed until 2020. Updated Sept 24, 2019. 

Cathedral Flight is a free public show Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. The show takes place at Cathedral Square in downtown Vancouver, at 566 Richards St.

Cathedral Flight mixes circus art, music, dance, and a 60-foot movable eagle sculpture. The show is a celebration of Cathedral Square featuring the structural creations of Peter Boulanger. Find out more below.

Designed specifically for performance by world-renowned architect Bruno Freschi (Order of Canada recipient and Expo 86 chief architect), Cathedral Square has been sadly underused for this function. At the time of its creation, Allen Temko, architectural critic of the San Francisco Chronicle, called this mini-park one of the best civic spaces in North America.

Cathedral Flight attempts to right this injustice. Featuring unique sculptures and apparatus designed by Peter Boulanger, and circus arts by the Underground Circus, the performers will explore the space from pillar to pillar. The show features music by Old Soul Rebel and M’Girl.

Boulanger has worked in gymnastics, dance, and theatre in Vancouver, and toured with Cirque du Soleil for two years. Together with Ninon Parent, he created the acrobatic comedy duo, Tesseract, and the circus and performance art company, The Underground Circus. He also taught himself to Tig weld to make and workshop new apparatus. After a few years, began to create large, movable sculptures.

Cathedral Square architect Bruno Freschi is best known as chief architect for Expo 86.

In 2016, CBC Radio named Old Soul Rebel one of 11 best new bands across Canada. The Vancouver-based features vocalists Chelsea D.E. Johnson and Lola Whyte.

M’Girl plays percussive-based hand drum songs and blend harmonies into a contemporary gospel style.

Artistic directors Peter Boulanger and Ninon Parent established The Underground Circus  15 years ago. Before that, they began to teach circus arts to performers in Vancouver.

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