World renowned clown, juggler, and comic acrobat, Jamie Adkins, stumbles onstage, desperately trying to become the man he imagines himself to be. In his new show ESPIEGLERIE, A Fool’s Errand, Adkins uses his unique blend of circus arts, acrobatic skill and unguarded physical comedy to explore the what-ifs along the path of life, accompanied by a charismatic tuba player. With deftly awkward juggling performances or falsely flimsy balancing acts on a slack wire, Jamie Adkins skillfully masters the art of tricks and comedy, and strikes the heart of young and old alike.

ESPIEGLERIE, A Fool’s Errand is the result of the first collaboration between Jamie Adkins and musician Julie Houle. Thanks to a perfect control of her instrument, Houle creates an atmosphere where complicity and play are in the foreground.

A delicate balance of chaos and control, loneliness and companionship, ESPIEGLERIE, A Fool’s Errand, is more about the art of perseverance than the achievement of success.




Created by Jamie ADKINS
Interpreted by Jamie Adkins and Julie Houle (musician)
Direction : Manon Beaudoin
Artistic advisers : Krin Haglund, Frédéric Combe
Set designer : Dominique Coughlin
Light designer : Rodolphe St Arneault
Composer : Luzio Altobelli
Costume : Gabrielle Layla Chabot
Production : Collectiv Jamie Adkins / Amanda Russell
Support : CALQ (Arts Council Quebec), DdD (France).
Residencies : Place des Arts (Québec), Maison de la Culture Mercier (Montréal), La Cascade (National Circus Center, France)