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  • Cal McCrystal – “Britain’s funniest director”

    Cal McCrystal – “Britain’s funniest director”

    Cal McCrystal – once dubbed "Britain's funniest director" - has worked with the Mighty Boosh and clown company Spymonkey, as well as creating comedy routines for Cirque du Soleil - is more in demand than ever.

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  • Visionary Violinist and Composer Meg Okura To Release Two Albums this Spring

    Visionary Violinist and Composer Meg Okura To Release Two Albums this Spring

    Established violinist and composer Meg Okura (who has been featured in three Cirque productions - Varekai, Wintuk, and Corteo) ushers in the Spring season with two new recordings: NPO Trio Live at The Stone and IMA IMA.

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  • Fosun gives Cirque a second shot at wooing Chinese audiences

    Fosun gives Cirque a second shot at wooing Chinese audiences

    The famous Cirque du Soleil did not exactly bring the house down the last time it attempted to woo Chinese audiences [with ZAIA]. But that was in 2012, three years before Fosun International, China’s biggest private conglomerate and one of the country’s most acquisitive firms, bought a quarter of the Canadian entertainment giant, making it the second-biggest shareholder. That deal has given Cirque du Soleil a renewed confidence in its ability to captivate Chinese spectators.

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  • Cirque Celebrates 1,000th Royal Albert Hall Performance

    Cirque Celebrates 1,000th Royal Albert Hall Performance

    To mark the occasion of its 1000th Royal Albert Hall performance, Cirque announced a special morning performance to be held at the iconic London venue. This extra performance of the current production 'OVO' will be held on Saturday 24 February 2018 at 11.30am and is the final performance to be announced for OVO's London run.

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  • Acrobat-actor Raphael Cruz, Dies in Paris

    Acrobat-actor Raphael Cruz, Dies in Paris

    Raphael Cruz, the American acrobat, clown, actor and musician — who left such a vivid impression with his work in last year’s Lookingglass Theatre production of Charles Dickens’ “Hard Times” —was found dead in a Paris hotel room last week. The cause of death is awaiting results of an autopsy. He widely known for playing the lead role of Buster, a character inspired by silent film great Buster Keaton, in the cinema-themed Cirque du Soleil show, “Iris.”

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  • Cirque du Soleil Tapped CSUN Alum for Comedy

    Cirque du Soleil Tapped CSUN Alum for Comedy

    Haves’ creativity and love of performance landed him a job as comic act designer for the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, which uses acrobats, dancers, clowns and contortionists to tell stories. One of Cirque du Soleil’s most defining characteristics matches Haves’ passion: non-language based (or nonverbal) performance.

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  • What’s a Trials Phenom to do after Retiring from the Circus?

    What’s a Trials Phenom to do after Retiring from the Circus?

    La Nouba, a long-running Cirque du Soleil show at Walt Disney World in Orlando, has come to a close after nineteen years. Lance, a member of the cast for 14 years, is now looking for work. "I'm trying to figure out what the heck I'm doing," he says. "That was a one-job-in-the-world deal."

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  • Where is he now?: Bill Shannon

    Where is he now?: Bill Shannon

    Bill Shannon is a Pittsburgh-based artist with experience in drawing, dancing, metalworking, performance art, writing, public speaking, and sculpture. His "Stay Up" dance project explores the personal movement patterns of individuals with disabilities.

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  • Cirque eschews acrobats in next Las Vegas Strip production?

    Cirque eschews acrobats in next Las Vegas Strip production?

    The next production Cirque stages on the Strip will be devoid of the very acrobatics that made the company the dominant production vehicle in the city. “We are working on a new show concept with MGM Resorts, brand-new for the Luxor, and an entirely new avenue for the company,” Cirque du Soleil Senior Vice President Jerry Nadal said.

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  • Pollstar’s 2017 Year-End Figures Are In

    Pollstar’s 2017 Year-End Figures Are In

    POLSTAR's 2017 Year-End figures are in and live music continues to demonstrate its growing popularity, making 2017 a record-crushing year for the concert business. The Top 100 Worldwide Tours alone generated a record $5.65 billion in revenues. That represents a huge, 15.8% increase over the previous year. How did Cirque do?

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  • Snapchat Launches Exclusive KÀ ‘The Valet’ Lens

    Snapchat Launches Exclusive KÀ ‘The Valet’ Lens

    Known for its epic battles and breathtaking martial arts, KÀ by Cirque du Soleil invites Snapchatters to take the stage and debut their inner performer with the launch of a brand-new Snapchat selfie Lens, available nationwide beginning January 9, 2018 at 12am PST for a limited time.

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  • LA NOUBA: Thank you for the thrills!

    LA NOUBA: Thank you for the thrills!

    Three cheers to the cast and crew of “La Nouba,” which after 19 years of thrills bowed out with a spectacular performance on New Year’s Eve. Theatergoers were treated to a balloon drop at the show’s finale (“La Nouba, 1998-2017” the balloons read, with “Goodbye” printed in multiple languages representing the performers’ international backgrounds.)

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  • Storrington gymnast Alanna Baker is Living the Dream

    Storrington gymnast Alanna Baker is Living the Dream

    Storrington’s Alanna Baker comes full circle when she realises her dream in the Royal Albert Hall. It was in the Albert Hall at the age of eight that she first watched a Cirque du Soleil show and decided Cirque du Soleil was exactly what she wanted to do. “My parents were like ‘OK, well keep dreaming, you never know. Just keep dreaming.’”

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  • Former FSU Marching Chief performs in VOLTA

    Former FSU Marching Chief performs in VOLTA

    Baton twirler Jennifer Marcus has always admired Cirque du Soleil's surreal and colorful shows. She was dazzled by La Nouba when she watched it at Orlando's Disney Springs. But beyond the vibrant stage decor and mesmerizing acts, Marcus was intrigued by the elite athletes who put on the show. Little did she know that one day, she'd become one of them.

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  • Criss Angel to close ‘Mindfreak Live’ in October

    Criss Angel to close ‘Mindfreak Live’ in October

    Goth-style magician Criss Angel and Cirque du Soleil announced today that Angel’s Luxor production, “Mindfreak Live!” will cease production in 10 months, on Oct. 28, ending a decade-long collaboration between Angel and Cirque.

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