Barcode Circus Company CAN

Sweat and Ink

Beautiful, messy, painful and funny, it is a show to make you gasp, cry, laugh and wonder.

Sweat & Ink is an exploration of memory and relationships through acrobatic metaphor-four humans wrestle with their own imperfections and limitations as they rub against the rough edges of memory's fallibility.

Would perfect memory lead to perfect happiness, or can there be grace in our imperfection, beauty in our struggle as we tumble through life's challenges?

Beautiful, messy, painful and funny, it is a show to make you gasp, cry, laugh and wonder.

Barcode started working together in 2011 when Tristan, Alexandra and Eric met at the National Circus School of Montreal. They toured together for three years with The 7 Fingers as original cast members on the show Sequence 8, thrilling audiences around the world. Soon after they were joined by Eve Bigel, a talented hand to hand flyer from France.

Together their careers have produced a string of highlights including a gold medal at SolyCirco festival for Alexandra's hoop act, a bronze medal at the Cirque de Demain festival for both Eric's cigar box juggling and Tristan and Eve's hand to hand acts, and a silver medal for the trio's Russian Bar act, as well as the Audience Choice award. They have performed on France's Got Talent, It's Showtime, and multiple times on Le Plus Grande Cabaret du Monde. 

The performance is held under the auspices of the Ambassador of Canada to the Czech Republic, H.E. Barbara C. Richardson.

“Make no mistake, these are award-winning performers who are among the best at their craft. It is more than enough to watch them do that work. These kinds of boundary-pushing feats come with their own narrative, which is the power of human possibility and held-breath moments between when someone might fall and when, against all odds, they land.”

Broad Street Review
75 min.
Suitable from
8 years
partly in English

Dates & Tickets

Now not showing. Current shows

Creators & cast

  • Cast Eric Bates, Alexandra Royer, Tristan Nielsen, Eve Bigel
  • Director Jean-Pierre Cloutier
  • Music composition Betty Bonifassi
  • Light Designer Arnaud Belley-Ferris
  • Photography Jan Hromádko