Newsletter Archive

  • Issue #141: OCT 2015 – Released!

    Issue #141: OCT 2015 – Released!

    Welcome to the latest edition of Fascination, the Unofficial Cirque du Soleil Newsletter. Guess what? Cirque 2016 – the new touring show set to debut next spring – has a name! Although I do know what it is I’ve been sworn to secrecy, but fear not… an official announcement is due by mid-November. Of course […]

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  • Issue #140: SEP 2015 – Released!

    Issue #140: SEP 2015 – Released!

    Welcome to the latest edition of Fascination, the Unofficial Cirque du Soleil Newsletter. There’ve been quite a number of developments in the Cirque du Soleil world since we’ve last spoken – from the announcement of Cirque’s newest production designed specifically for Broadway, KURIOS celebrating a milestone (500th performance), JOYA also celebrating a milestone (250th performance), […]

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  • Issue #139: AUG 2015 – Released!

    Issue #139: AUG 2015 – Released!

    This month's issue: A conversation with Raphael Bëau, KURIOS Composer, and an overview of Varekai's new "Tales of the Forest" story, and more!

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  • Issue #138: JUL 2015 – Released!

    Issue #138: JUL 2015 – Released!

    This month's issue: Review of ONOD Fathom Event, Q&A's with Kit Chatham and KOOZA Wardrobe Dept, updates on BAZ from Robin Leach in Las Vegas, and more!

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  • Issue #137: JUN 2015 – Released!

    Issue #137: JUN 2015 – Released!

    This month's issue: More on TORUK, Keith has opinions on KURIOS under the Big Top and VAREKAI in Arena, and Vanity Fair talks up the 2013 accident at KA.

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  • Issue #136: MAY 2015 – Released!

    Issue #136: MAY 2015 – Released!

    This month: Cirque "Sells Out and Cashes In", announces AVATAR as "TORUK - The First Flight", Le Grand Concert comes to DVD, and more!

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  • Issue #135: APR 2015 – Released!

    Issue #135: APR 2015 – Released!

    This month: Cirque "Easin' on Down the Road"? Cirque For Sale?? TheChapiteau Interviews Andrii Bondarenko - Kurios, Hand Balancer, and more!

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  • Issue #134: MAR 2015 – Released!

    Issue #134: MAR 2015 – Released!

    This month: I muse about Varekai's tour, TheChapiteau Interviews Isabelle Corradi (Varekai’s Chanteuse) and Fernando Miro (The New Icarus), we get a glimpse of One Night for One Drop 3 (which debuts March 20th), and a “first look” at Cirque and Saban’s “Luna Petunia” project!

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  • Issue #133: FEB 2015 – Released!

    Issue #133: FEB 2015 – Released!

    This month: We hear from Dralion's Agnes Sohier, We wonder what people are saying about JOYA, a few thoughts on Le Grand Concert, and more!

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  • Issue #132: JAN 2015 – Released!

    Issue #132: JAN 2015 – Released!

    This Month: We bid goodbye to Dralion (who also celebrated its 5,000th show), we celebrate 10,000 performances of Mystere, we herald the return of KA's Battle Scene, Guy Laliberte Talks Cirque Business, Le Grand Concert is filmed and Broadcast on Television, KURIOS' CD is released to great fanfare, and Keith talks with Fabrice Lemiere, Varekai's Artistic Director and the man in charge of the show's conversion from Big Top to Arena.

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  • Issue #131: DEC 2014 – Released!

    Issue #131: DEC 2014 – Released!

    The latest issue of Fascination! the Unofficial Cirque du Soleil Newsletter is here! We’ve come to the end of another year here at Fascination and while we’d normally be settling in for some time with family and friends, for Cirque du Soleil they’re still hard at work. Case in point: the announcements just keep on […]

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  • Issue #130: NOV 2014 – Released!

    Issue #130: NOV 2014 – Released!

    To celebrate KÀ's momentous achievement, we've dug into our vast archives for something unique to share at this occasion, finding: "The KÀ Creators' Notebook". This journal, compiled and shared internally, features some very interesting behing-the-scenes notes regarding the creation of the MGM Grand show. Picking up just following the official press conference on September 15, 2004, we hear from Anh-Dao Bui (the Assistant to the Production Manager), Céciles Vignes (Internal Communications Advisor), and Stéphane Mongeau (Production Manager), as milestones in the show’s creation are reached – including living through a “Lion’s Den” performance!

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  • Issue #129: OCT 2014 – Released!

    Issue #129: OCT 2014 – Released!

    Inside the issue this month we hear from Keith Johnson who analyzes what Cirque is doing to save money on tour (cutting back on hours!), and also, a couple of months ago, our friends over at The Chapiteau had the opportunity to speak with the Moon Goddess of Amaluna - Marie-Michelle Faber - and they've graciously allowed us to reprint their fantastic interview with her for you!

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  • Issue #128: SEP 2014 – Released!

    Issue #128: SEP 2014 – Released!

    Since we last spoke Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour held its final curtain call (on August 31st in Guadalajara, Mexico), to much fanfare. Although not a favorite of mine, the show proved highly successful for Cirque du Soleil: more than 3 million fans across 27 countries on 4 continents experienced the show, and it frequently found itself among the top earning tours in the world. Not bad, not bad! Other than the closing of IMMORTAL and the pending final shows of Dralion later in the year (or more technically mid January next year), it's been another quiet month, news wise. There have been some rumblings heard that when the Cirque Online Boutique reappears - which it should do some time in the fall - that not only will there be a KURIOS CD for purchase, but also a DVD of the show to get our hands on! The show is now in Toronto so we could see a filming there soon enough, but considering how long it takes Cirque to release a DVD these days (Amaluna took a year from filming to release), I won't hold my breath. Still, if they can make it happen I'll be one of the first to order it! (Better still, put it out on their Video on Demand system... we could use a few more new titles there!)

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  • Issue #127: AUG 2014 – Released!

    Issue #127: AUG 2014 – Released!

    Despite a few bits here and there, it's been a quiet month on the Cirque news front. Perhaps the biggest headline, but not necessarily the least expected news, was confirmation from Cirque du Soleil that the Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour would actually be ending its world-wide journey at the end of August, as previously rumored. The "official" statement, which was posted on Dralion's Facebook page, simply reads: "More than 3 million fans across 27 countries on fourcontinents have experienced MJ IMMORTAL. As we enter the final month of the tour and near our last performance in Guadalajara on August 31, don't miss your chance to experience this iconic show that has rightfully secured its place as one of the highest grossing music tours ever!" So, in just a few short weeks we'll be saying goodbye to another Cirque du Soleil show. But that is just the beginning... We'll also be waving goodbye to Dralion on January 18, 2015, after playing its final show in the (normally) frosty state of Alaska (from where, I've heard said, you can see Russia... if you're visiting the right house.) Of course in the mix is the debut of JOYÀ, Cirque's dinner show concept at the Riviera Maya resort area in Mexico.

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