Discover the surprising passion of Jessie, the daughter of Patrick Huard

Discover the surprising passion of Jessie, the daughter of Patrick Huard

For Jessie, whose parents are Lynda Lemay and Patrick Huard, the artistic path was clear. While finishing her studies, the young passionate about flying trapeze has just founded her own company, Cirque Misfits, together with her lover, William Parenteau. They even put on their first flying trapeze show in early September in Granby.

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If Jessie Huard is now defying gravity from the top of her trapeze, that’s a bit of her mother, Lynda Lemay’s, fault. “My sister was about seven years old when she saw the movie. Madagascar, in which the animals flew on trapezes, and she said she wanted to try it. My mother found a school and accompanied her for the first time. The following week she wanted to come back and my mother offered to accompany them. I was 16 years old and I didn’t want to know anything. I went there to please them thinking only to watch. Finally, I gave in to the temptation and immediately had the sting.

Not only did she discover a passion, but she later met the man who became her lover, William Parenteau. “I quit and started several times, but I would say it’s been about four years since I’ve gotten more serious. When I met William, he was already doing shows and realizing it could be a possibility, it motivated me to practice as much as possible. to have the level. We motivate and push each other having the same passion”.


Evolving more than 25 or 30 feet in the air inevitably breeds excitement. “I often say that it is my therapy,” the young woman admits with a laugh. When you hit the trapeze, anything that’s part of your normal life — work, school, or family issues — instantly vanishes. There is also a social aspect. Our closest friends also do trapeze. We are happy to be together and to do this together.”

William explains that the practice requires such concentration that the rest no longer exists. “You have no choice but to be in the present moment when you’re doing trapeze. If you think about anything else, that’s where injuries come in. This feeling of intense concentration, putting your head on one thing, allows you to disconnect from the rest and experience strong emotions.

Learning the flying trapeze requires a lot of diligence, will and hard work, but every success is lived with pride. “When we start out, we have a belt and someone holds us down, explains Jessie. Then we start doing it without being attached; it is extremely stressful and scary. It is psychologically exhausting, even if it is also very physical. But when we have managed to make a move, the pride and feeling of omnipotence that it gives us is exceptional. These are really extreme emotions.”

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William Parenteau has been part of a flying trapeze company in the past. “The place where I started doing trapeze had a company. I did shows with them. This summer, Jessie, two other people, and I traveled abroad to work together. Then we got the deal for a show in Granby, and they wanted to have a way to introduce us on social media. We had the idea of ​​setting up a new company.

Cirque Misfits was born out of this opportunity. “Hopefully that’s the foundation for more to come,” Jessie said. We hope to be able to present this project to other people and obtain other contracts. We would like our company to grow and not necessarily be a flying trapeze. We would also like to offer aerial silks or other circus apparatus. Additionally, most troop members also trampoline, aerial strap, Russian swing, or aerial silk. “When you enter the world of the circus, it’s rare that you only do one thing. When we train, we are often surrounded by people doing other things. You learn the basics, without being an expert, but the more multidisciplinary you are, the easier it is.”

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The parents of the two young circus artists welcome their passion, although not all react in the same way to the danger of their activity. “My father is the worst, admits the comedian’s daughter. He gets very stressed. He saw me perform twice. Even though he had stars in his eyes after the performance, I know his heart skips a beat every time he steps off the stage. For my mom, since she does trapeze herself, she understands the moves and the dangers.” The same sharing of parental fears on William’s part. “My mother always encouraged me to be a little reckless. As for my father, it was first thanks to him that I started, during the holidays together. He saw me perform my first few times, but since then he has never seen me perform. He often travels; his schedule never allowed him to be present”. Although Jessie is finishing her last year of teaching high school French and William is a high school math teacher, they would both like to make their passion for flying trapezes their main activity. “We would like to make a run of it, if possible. Anyone would like to live from their passion. There are many opportunities to grow the company. We can have performance contracts, but also coaches like we do with camps during the summer. It allows us to train a lot and we transmit our knowledge to children, young people or adults. With the end of the summer season, it is more difficult for artists to train. Finding a 40-foot-high room isn’t easy, and it’s often very expensive. And the opportunities to act are also less. But remember the name Cirque Misfits – you might soon see them flying their trapeze at an event or festival.

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