Featured Stories Archive

  • New Kid on the Block – KÀ (Part 2 of 3)

    New Kid on the Block – KÀ (Part 2 of 3)

    The characters of KÀ inhabit a world of many tribes and factions. These tribes are largely segregated from each other and some tribes are in conflict with others. The story of KÀ brings together the different peoples of this world to meet their collective destiny.

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  • EXCLUSIVE! Preview of the Delirium CD

    EXCLUSIVE! Preview of the Delirium CD

    Cirque fans have been waiting months for the other dancin' shoe to drop. We've heard of a 2-CD/DVD set originally scheduled for last fall called "20 Years Under The Sun." And we've heard it would contain the previously released chill remix-oriented "Tapis Rouge: Solarium" CD (originally a VIP tent gift, then re-released in the US with a new cover on November 23, 2004), as well as "Delirium," a disk of dance remixes of Cirque du Soleil music. We were also wondering what the mentioned DVD content might be. When it didn't make its original Fall 2004 release date, we wondered if the "Delirium" part of the deal might have fallen through. And when "Le Best Of" made its appearance in October, we were concerned the project was abandoned.

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  • Living it Up: A La Nouba DVD Review (Part 2 of 2)

    Living it Up: A La Nouba DVD Review (Part 2 of 2)

    When I sat down to review the La Nouba DVD, I did so with a bit of apprehension. Of all the Cirque du Soleil shows I've seen live (and I've seen them all except KÀ), La Nouba is the one I've seen the most. At last count I've seen La Nouba live 10 times; it was also my first live Cirque du Soleil experience. I fondly remember my first viewing in the spring of 1999. Thus La Nouba is the show I am most familiar with -- its acts, its theme and its music -- thanks to the looming presence of its permanent Grand Chapiteau. So when it came time to watch the DVD of the production and review it for our faithful readers I wasn't very excited. I didn't know then how wrong I would be.

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  • Who Has What it Takes? (Part 2 of 4)

    Who Has What it Takes? (Part 2 of 4)

    In Part 1 of our series (last month) we discussed the background of the audition process, talking with Richard Dagenais - Head of Auditions and Logistics, Casting (our host), and Anne-Marie Duchène - Artistic Scout. Here we resume our exclusive look at a Cirque du Soleil audition as the second, crucial day for the dancer candidates truly begins.

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  • Early Reviews of ‘The Bar at the End of the Earth’

    Early Reviews of ‘The Bar at the End of the Earth’

    When Cirque du Soleil first announced its collaboration with Celebrity cruises, Cirque fans weren't surprised. CEO Guy Laliberte had often talked about expanding the Cirque "ethos" and style to other forms of entertainment. Cirque hotels and restaurants were early ideas, and the corporate-oriented "Tapis Rouge VIP Experience" tent has become a profitable mainstay of the touring shows. So it was really no stretch when Cirque announced that it would install "themed experiences" in two of Celebrity's Millennium-class cruise ships, Constellation and Summit.

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  • Who Has What It Takes? (Part 1 of 4)

    Who Has What It Takes? (Part 1 of 4)

    The Audition. Job interview of the entertainment arts. Where years of training, sweating and pain come together in a burst of creative energy. And all too often for an artist their hopes are dashed immediately, in front of a large group of people including the "winners." Yet they subject themselves to the process again and again, sometimes with success, more often with failure.

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  • Living it Up: A La Nouba DVD Review (Part 1 of 2)

    Living it Up: A La Nouba DVD Review (Part 1 of 2)

    When I sat down to review the La Nouba DVD, I did so with a bit of apprehension. Of all the Cirque du Soleil shows I've seen live (and I've seen them all except KA), La Nouba is the one I've seen the most. At last count I've seen La Nouba live 10 times; a modest number by some standards, but enormous by others. It all can be attributed to practically living next door to the Cirque du Soleil Theater at the Downtown Disney West Side complex in Orlando, Florida. In contrast, I dare not think how many times I'd have seen Mystère, O, or Zumanity by now if I were living in Las Vegas, though that thought has crossed my mind.

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  • New Kid on the Block: KÀ (Part 1 of 3)

    New Kid on the Block: KÀ (Part 1 of 3)

    After staging preview performances since November 26, 2004, Cirque du Soleil officially premiered its fourth resident show in a casino resort on the Las Vegas Strip on February 3, 2005. Joining the ranks of Mystère at T.I., "O" at Bellagio and Zumanity at the New York, New York, Cirque du Soleil's newest creation, entitled KÀ, is housed at the MGM Grand. KÀ is Cirque du Soleil's biggest and most ambitious production to date, both in terms of physical size and budget.

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  • What is a Charette Anyway?

    What is a Charette Anyway?

    It never ceases to amaze when one of my interests occasionally crosses with my interest in Cirque du Soleil. I also keep track of Disney park fandom, and recently ran across some interesting prose. Laughingplace.com is one of the biggest and best places to get Disney-related news and information. They have a lot - of everything, from a website directory (with ratings), to park guides with trick and tips, to a merchandise ordering service, to several columns.

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  • Cirque Rituals: What do Fans do?

    Cirque Rituals: What do Fans do?

    As a fan of Cirque du Soleil, I often wondered then what fans of our chosen sport -- watching Cirque du Soleil productions -- do? So I posed that question to the Cirque fandom at large through the CirqueTribune forum and my own LiveJournal -- "Does anyone have a specific set of rituals they perform at Cirque shows or when listening to the music? The responses confirmed that yes, we Cirque du Soleil fans do perform certain acts or series of acts before, during, and after a Cirque du Soleil show, when listening to the music or watching on Television.

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  • Tales from the CirqueCon, Part The First

    Tales from the CirqueCon, Part The First

    We knew it was going to be a learning experience. As preparations for CirqueCon continue, we thought it would be fun to "tell the story" of our preparations. We're not whining about how hard it is, but some of the challenges we've faced have sure been, uh, interesting, and worth telling. So consider this the first of what we hope to be a running commentary.

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  • Cirque du Ebay, Partie Trois?

    Cirque du Ebay, Partie Trois?

    One of our goals throughout our newsletters existence has been to search for, uncover and present some of the most peculiar, unique and fascinating things that can be found lurking around the World Wide Web with a mysterious connection to our favorite circus -- Cirque du Soleil. This month we have another peculiar item to come across eBay and again... let the buyer beware. But before I go any further, let me ask you a question... What would you do if you saw an authentic piece of Cirque du Soleil costuming for sale? Imagine for a moment... ask yourself that question.

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  • A New Circus for a New Era

    A New Circus for a New Era

    When Cirque du Soleil burst on the scene twenty years ago, boldly claiming to re-invent the circus by bringing the intimate single-ring setting of European circuses, removing the animals, and incorporating theatre, dance and high art elements to their shows, it paved the way for a revolution in the circus world. The company's meteoric rise in popularity in the years since its inception has meant that many of Cirque du Soleil's more traditional competitors have had to shift the focus of their shows to make them more artistic and more theatrical; in a sense, more Cirque-like. Cirque du Soleil has been so revolutionary that it has become a genre that can more generally be described as "New Circus".

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  • A Day at the Circus: Les  journées de la culture at TOHU

    A Day at the Circus: Les journées de la culture at TOHU

    Every year on the last weekend of September cultural institutions around the province of Québec open their doors for demonstrations, shows and tours as a part of the provincial government's Journées de la culture (Culture Days) initiative. This event provides fans of Cirque du Soleil the opportunity to make an annual pilgrimage to the international headquarters of the organization and tour the facilities where the magic is created, speak to employees who make the magic happen on a daily basis and watch upcoming artists in training.

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  • KÀ — Duality in Motion, a Personal Q&A

    KÀ — Duality in Motion, a Personal Q&A

    Since September 15th, the day official word about Cirque's newest production KÀ (to be housed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas) was released there has been copious amounts of buzz regarding its announcement, in both media and fan circles. So much so that a plethora of questions has arisen regarding the production and sometimes those answers aren't forthcoming.

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