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  • Cirque Announces Radio City Show!

    Cirque Announces Radio City Show!

    Cirque du Soleil announced today that it will debut a major new acrobatic spectacle next summer at the legendary Radio City Music Hall in New York. Proudly presented by iShares®, the new show, whose name will be announced in the coming weeks, will be directed by acclaimed film and theatre director François Girard (The Red Violin, Silk). Previews will begin for the new production in June 2011, with the premiere date to be confirmed shortly.

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  • My Thoughts on VIVA ELVIS

    My Thoughts on VIVA ELVIS

    It seems I may have to eat my own words. A few weeks back I took it upon myself to spend a few moments examining the evolution of Cirque du Soleil and relayed my thoughts to anyone who would listen… okay, who am I kidding – I went on a brief tirade… based on the […]

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  • Memory of the Circus: Inside the Cirque Archives

    Memory of the Circus: Inside the Cirque Archives

    Located on the ground floor of the sprawling Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters (IHQ) in Montréal, down a hallway between building sections and without much outward decorative fanfare, is the Cirque du Soleil Centre for Research and Documentation. Behind its double doors this library serves two purposes. One is to maintain a modest collection of books on all sorts of subjects that creators can use to spark ideas and concepts that might find their way onto Cirque stages. The second is to manage the historical assets of the company, including business records and historical artifacts.

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  • Cirquey-oke: Discovering Cirque’s Musical Audition Kits

    Cirquey-oke: Discovering Cirque’s Musical Audition Kits

    Cirque Du Soleil Passionates love most all aspects of Cirque shows. They especially tend to pay particular attention to show music. In many cases it is the timeless beauty of the melody and the virtuosity of the musicians and singers that first pulls a viewer into Cirque's magical world and makes them fans for life. But how does Cirque find those musicians? Not surprisingly for a company of Cirque's stature the musicians find Cirque and apply for jobs directly with the company by sending audition kits.

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  • Some Thoughts on the Evolution of Cirque

    Some Thoughts on the Evolution of Cirque

    We Cirque fans are a finicky bunch, aren’t we? We want everything just so. We follow their every move. We complain when they stray. What makes us so disgruntled? When TOTEM was announced (and then the Michael Jackson collaboration) I joined in on the discussion briefly at Cirque Tribune, posting a few comments about the […]

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  • TOTEM, the Odyssey of the Human Species

    TOTEM, the Odyssey of the Human Species

    TOTEM = WOW + WTF all rolled into one neat package. Using a number of materials currently available - press releases on staging, costuming, projection, and acts and characters - coupled with the show's program book and my own comments and opinions, I endeavor now to take you through what is the Odyssey of the Human Species: TOTEM.

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  • 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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