Featured Stories Archive

  • Sounds Different, Yet the Same: An OVO CD Review

    Sounds Different, Yet the Same: An OVO CD Review

    The 2009 Cirque du Soleil tent production Ovo has been a flashpoint for many fans. They debate the concept, plot and costuming, but particularly the music. Composed by Berna Ceppas, the score has taken Cirque away from its world-music oriented, more traditional European form of composition and rooted it securely (some have suggested monotonously) in the music of Brazil. With the CD now available (Cirque du Soleil Musique CDSMCD-10033, 2010), co-produced by Ceppas and Cirque's Musical Director Alain Vinet, the debate has arisen again.

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  • Vive Apasionadamente! – CirqueCon 2009: Monterrey!

    Vive Apasionadamente! – CirqueCon 2009: Monterrey!

    As I was speaking to fellow Passionate and friend Gena Colton from Ohio in mid-flight about the adventure ahead (which in itself was an amazing coincidence – she surprised me at the gate in Houston with an “excuse me, stranger” and ended up seated next to me in 10-C), I received a tap on the shoulder followed by the question. That tap turned out to be from Nora Shappee, another Passionate hailing fromMichigan, seated directly behind us.

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  • DRALION final show in Mexico City: A magical night!

    DRALION final show in Mexico City: A magical night!

    I woke early on the morning of Sunday, January 17, 2010, ready to take my early flight. I was flying with La Nouba silk artist Ana Cuellar’s mother to visit her daughter in Mexico City and watch Dralion in its last performance under the Grand Chapiteau. The rising of the sun (the “soleil”) as we were flying over the mountains of Monterrey was an image I won’t soon forget.

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  • Cirque du Soleil Unveils – TOTEM

    Cirque du Soleil Unveils – TOTEM

    TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for any ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

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  • Elvis Sounds Good – Here’s Why!

    Elvis Sounds Good – Here’s Why!

    An extensive article on the sound and lighting installation for the VIVA ELVIS theater has appeared in the latest issue of Sound and Communications magazine ( www.soundandcommunications.com ), a monthly magazine focused on the sound and digital signage contractor industry.

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  • Cirque du Soleil Unveils – VIVA ELVIS

    Cirque du Soleil Unveils – VIVA ELVIS

    Cirque du Soleil, in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises, a CKX, Inc company, is thrilled to unveil today its latest resident show Viva ELVIS(tm), at ARIA Resort & Casino(tm) at CityCenter in Las Vegas. Viva ELVIS, a harmonious fusion of dance, acrobatics and live music, is a tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley. Nostalgia, modernity and raw emotion provide the backdrop for his immortal voice and the exhilaration and beauty of his music.

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  • Cirque in Your Ear (Part 2 of 2)

    Cirque in Your Ear (Part 2 of 2)

    Last month we talked about audio podcasts that occasionally feature Cirque du Soleil, focusing on KNPR's State of Nevada public-affairs show. This month we feature a podcast-only show that occasionally features Cirque elements.

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  • Cirque in Your Ear (Part 1 of 2)

    Cirque in Your Ear (Part 1 of 2)

    Two Christmas’ ago I purchased MP3 players for my lovely bride and I. Since then, albeit late to the game, I have discovered the joys of podcasts, which come in handy while trying to pass the time on the bus while commuting to work. My tastes run more to shows which feature interviews with newsmakers and interesting people as opposed to solo or duet podcasts featuring the hosts alone. Public-affairs and popular-culture shows that might feature items of interest to Cirque du Soleil fans are few and far between. But I have found two sources of Las Vegas-centric podcasts that occasionally feature Cirque do Soleil – both based (naturally) in Las Vegas! This month we’ll look at KNPR’s State of Nevada.

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  • BOOK REVIEW: Laliberté’s ‘Fabulous’ Story

    BOOK REVIEW: Laliberté’s ‘Fabulous’ Story

    While there has been much written about Cirque du Soleil the company, not much has been written about the people who helped make the company. With his ascension into the ranks of billionaires and higher profile as a space tourist, it was only a matter of time before a biography, authorized or not, would attempt to illuminate the life of its founder, Guy Laliberté.

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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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