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  • Evoking the Cards – a ZED album review

    Evoking the Cards – a ZED album review

    When my wife and I first heard (and saw) the brilliant ZED at the Cirque du Soleil Theater Tokyo back in November, 2008 as part of CirqueCon 2008: Tokyo! we were enthralled by the beauty of the René Dupéré score. We hoped that when it was finally adapted for album it would contain much of the power and emotion we heard in Tokyo. When we heard "The World's Meet" on the Cirque compilation set "25" (Cirque du Soleil Musique CDSMCD-10030-2, 2009) we were pleased and hopeful - the song fully managed to convey the power and beauty of one of the best moments in the show with a great arrangement and a stirring chorus finale.

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  • Violaine Corradi – Composer <br />“Working for Joy”

    Violaine Corradi – Composer
    “Working for Joy”

    With the release of the ZAIA CD (Cirque du Soleil Musique CDSMC-20029, 2009) in the US (and coming up in Canada on October 20), it is our honor and privilege to continue our series on the music of Cirque du Soleil with an exclusive interview with the Musical Composer of ZAIA, Ms. Violaine Corradi.

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  • ZED, Again!

    ZED, Again!

    My annual trip to Japan this past May was a little different. In the previous two years I'd taken time to scout out the Tokyo Disneyland Resort and Cirque Theater Tokyo area as part of preparations for CirqueCon 2008: Tokyo, held last November. With that wonderful event in the past I was taking time this trip to once again see ZED, Cirque du Soleil's Tokyo resident show. Besides the performance attended by all CirqueCon members during that special November 2008 trip I took in two more viewings, and during this recent trip I saw ZED three more times.

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  • Corteo in Japan

    Corteo in Japan

    This past Spring I made my annual trip to Japan and took the opportunity to see Corteo again, this time in the first part of its Japan tour. I had first seen a Cirque du Soleil show during the time I was living in Japan, the 1994 tour of Saltimbanco, and have been a great fan ever since. Following then is a description of some of the differences I've seen in a Japan tour vs. a North American tour, followed by a personal review of the performance.

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  • ’25’ – The Ultimate Cirque Mixtape?

    ’25’ – The Ultimate Cirque Mixtape?

    What songs would you put in a Cirque du Soleil mixtape, one you would give to a friend as an introduction to the world of Cirque musique? Would you pick just one track from each of Cirque’s creations to serve as an introduction and a history, and if so what would you pick? We all […]

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  • The Spirit of Space: a ZAIA Album Review

    The Spirit of Space: a ZAIA Album Review

    Reviewing a soundtrack album is especially precarious if you haven’t seen the show the music was written for. Without knowing how the music sounds in the show and fits into the shows action there is no way to know if the CD is a proper representation of the new creation or another "interpretation" with lots of artistic liberties. Though I have seen the program and heard about the show from others who have seen it, let me say up front I have not traveled to Macao to see ZAIA. So take my comments with a grain of salt. But I like this CD very much.

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  • ONE DROP Starts Ripple Effect – an AQUA Review

    ONE DROP Starts Ripple Effect – an AQUA Review

    The Montreal Science Center hosts the world premiere of AQUA now through September 7, 2009. AQUA is one method developed by the ONE DROP™ initiative founded by Guy Laliberte´, to raise awareness of the global water crisis. What I expected: A typical IMAX film about how we take for granted/waste/destroy our natural resource and a sermon about conservation and saving the planet. What I experienced: A beautiful, thought-provoking, interactive demonstration of how unevenly water is distributed throughout the world and how we need to take care of what we have and decide to take action to preserve it and help those who do not have access to a sufficient quantity and quality of water.

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  • Kumbalawé-mana, Urulimé! – Saltimbanco in Lakeland

    Kumbalawé-mana, Urulimé! – Saltimbanco in Lakeland

    If you ever need re-affirmation that Cirque du Soleil still has some magic left within, I invite you to experience Saltimbanco on its arena tour. Despite the lack of intimacy one finds inside the Grand Chapiteau, Saltimbanco is still as fresh, as fun, and as colorful as it was on the day it premiered. Those infamous Baroques are every bit the worthy ambassadors Cirque has set them up to be (having used Saltimbanco to open up new markets for the past few years), and I cannot imagine the day when the Cavaliers' light is extinguished over them forever. When that day finally comes it will be a sad one indeed because we will be without one of the best and shining examples of classic Cirque du Soleil spectacles that still remains relevant years after its first tour began. I may weep...

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  • My Thoughts on Ovo

    My Thoughts on Ovo

    While the show has a few worthwhile moments, a few high-level acts and some good design elements, as a whole, none of it really comes together into a cohesive whole and and the show really suffers from a lack of direction. I really didn't find OVO all that engaging as a show. Overall, I think it's in better shape than Kooza was at its premiere (however, that's not saying much considering I pretty much thought Kooza was a disaster at premiere and it's still near the bottom on my list of Cirque shows).

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  • The Birth of Ovo

    The Birth of Ovo

    Witnessing the birth of a brand-new Cirque du Soleil touring show is a must-see event that every fan of the Cirque should attempt at least once in their lifetimes. Taking the show in with the hometown crowd is a singular experience not to be missed - the abundance of excitement, that electric spark of energy, and unfettered restlessness over the anticipation of reveal is both fascinating and intoxicating. A pure, raw, energy invades the Grand Chapiteau here unlike anywhere else in the world. And when you share the experience with friends the experience can be most enlightening.

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  • Cirque du Soleil Unveils – OVO

    Cirque du Soleil Unveils – OVO

    Montreal, April 7, 2009 – The latest Cirque du Soleil touring show presented by Desjardins Group, OVO, will have its world premiere under the Grand Chapiteau on the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal on May 8, 2009. OVO is the 25th Cirque du Soleil production in 25 years and is. Preview performances will run from April 23 to May 7.

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  • Cirque 25: “The Dream Continues”

    Cirque 25: “The Dream Continues”

    Montreal, February 18, 2009 --- Cirque du Soleil is celebrating its 25th anniversary in2009 with the theme “the dream continues.” Since June 16, 1984, this youngQuebec company has never stopped dreaming. For Cirque, 2009 marks 25 yearsof dreaming, daring, and pushing the limits.

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  • No Limits on Adventure – Celebri!

    No Limits on Adventure – Celebri!

    From the Italian, Celebri! is a coming together of friends to celebrate Cirque du Soleil in various geographical settings. By supporting a small reunion multiple times a year, Celebri! desires to ensnare the jubilant, ecstatic, and euphoric feelings that well up inside each avid Cirque du Soleil fan and nurture that festivity into a joyous and wonderful occasion with friends and fellow fans alike. And for just over a year now, Rich Alford and I have hosted five such Celebri's around the world. Each event is different, complete with its own soul and tale to tell. Experience with us now the tales of the first five Celebri outings in New York City, New York; San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Seoul, South Korea.

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  • My Thoughts on ZED

    My Thoughts on ZED

    For those of you who don't read long reviews I'll cut to the chase; It's a great show, there are parts of it that I absolutely loved, and though it isn't as high-concept or well-drawn out in terms of story, characters and emotional arcs as the Dragone-era shows, the imagery in Zed is stunning and for the most-part the acts are framed in breathtaking theatrical tableaux and accompanied by a lush, musical score.

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  • Cirque du Soleil Unveils – Criss Angel BELIEVE

    Cirque du Soleil Unveils – Criss Angel BELIEVE

    Las Vegas, NV – October 31, 2008 – Cirque du Soleil and Luxor celebrate the gala premiere of CRISS ANGEL Believe TM Halloween, October 31, 2008. Halloween is particularly significant for CRISS ANGEL Believe as it marks the anniversary of the passing of legendary magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini. In an attempt to pay homage to the late/great Harry Houdini, Criss chose “Believe” as the title for this unprecedented live experience. Every Halloween for 10 years following Harry Houdini’s death, his wife held a vigil to test the legitimacy of people who claimed to be able to communicate with Houdini. To claim success they needed to say the code word – BELIEVE.

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