Behind the Curtain Archive

  • Varekai: “Color and Cirque”

    Varekai: “Color and Cirque”

    After three years of absence, Cirque du Soleil is set to make a welcome return to the United Arab Emirates with one of its signature productions, ‘Varekai’. Sound & Stage speaks to Eric Gerard, production manager for Cirque du Soleil’s visually captivating show ‘Varekai’, ahead of its Dubai arrival.

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  • Cirque at Pixar?

    Cirque at Pixar?

    If there are any Pixar Animation Studios fans out there, you might like this little sneak peek behind the curtain. Today, Lee Unkrich (Director of Toy Story 3) posted a picture on his twitter with the caption: “We once joked that Pixar’s atrium would be perfect for a Cirque du Soleil show. Today it happened.” […]

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  • DidYaKnow? – ZED Documentary Animation

    DidYaKnow? – ZED Documentary Animation

    Have you seen the ZED DVD documentary? Enjoyed the cool anime-style intro animation that went with it? Yeah, us too… Check out the following for a glimpse of the animation from those who created it! http://www.behance.net/gallery/Zed-Cirque-du-Soleil/237273

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  • DidYaKnow? – KÀ Coloring Book

    DidYaKnow? – KÀ Coloring Book

    Here’s an interesting little product that was produced by Really Big Coloring Books by and for Cirque du Soleil. It doesn’t appear to be on sale or currently avaialble, but it’s interesting never-the-less… Details: This is a Really Big Coloring Book nearly 18″ wide & 24″ tall. This fun and educational coloring book will last […]

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  • DidYaKnow? – Download Cirque Music – Free (Legally!)

    DidYaKnow? – Download Cirque Music – Free (Legally!)

    For the Cirque music fan who might like to sample tracks from albums you don’t already own, there aren’t many legal options. Sure, there are 30-second song samples out there, and the occasional downloadable free track, but not much else. But now, for those lucky enough to be members of a participating public library system, […]

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  • Rigging up Corteo

    Rigging up Corteo

    If you’re interested in the behind-the-curtain elements of Cirque du Soleil you might be interested in an article published this morning out of the Calgary Herald – “Send in the Riggers”. Chris Cannon, staff writer for the Herald, spoke with Vincent Schonbrodt, one of Cirque’s riggers currently on tour with Corteo. It’s a great read […]

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  • DidyaKnow? – “KOOZA in the Streets?”

    DidyaKnow? – “KOOZA in the Streets?”

    DidyouKnow that on December 2nd, Yury Shavro and Diana Aleschenko from KOOZA performed their unicycle act at the opening of the 26th San Jose Holiday Parade? The performance was also broadcast live on the local NBC station (NBC 11) throughout the San Francisco and San Jose area. How cool!

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  • DidyaKnow? – “Saltimbanco Celebrates 100th!”

    DidyaKnow? – “Saltimbanco Celebrates 100th!”

    The newly launched arena tour of Cirque du Soleil’s 1992 production “Saltimbanco” has reached a very important milestone – it celebrated it’s 100th performance! This very special show took place on November 29th during its run in Colorado Springs and, as luck would have it, according to Cirque that milestone coincided with the 4,500th overall […]

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  • DidyaKnow? – “Cirque at EPCOT?”

    DidyaKnow? – “Cirque at EPCOT?”

    DidyouKnow that on Friday, October 5th, Walt Disney World unveiled a new “O Canada” video at the Canadian Pavilion at EPCOT? Prior to the presentation, La Nouba artists Justin Osbourne, Pawel Beigaj, Witek Beigaj, Stephane Bayol and Melanie Bayol entertained diners at a VIP breakfast. The new film is narated by Canadian actor and Comedian […]

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  • DidyaKnow? – “Larger than Life Trickster?”

    DidyaKnow? – “Larger than Life Trickster?”

    DidyouKnow that visitors to the CN Tower recently were treated to a 15 by 10 meter painting of the Trickster, Jason Barrent’s character in Cirque du Soleil’s KOOZA? The painting was done by Toronto artist Bill Wrigley (www.billwrigley.com) in celebration for another of Cirque’s feats: the breaking of a world record! Cirque succeeded in breaking […]

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  • DidyaKnow? – “Facts to Celebrate Varekai’s 2000th”

    DidyaKnow? – “Facts to Celebrate Varekai’s 2000th”

    Varekai’s 2000th performance was Friday, October 5th in Perth, Australia (the 4:00pm performance if you’re curious) and in celebration of this feat Cirque du Soleil tallied a few facts-at-a-glance regarding the show, which was (of course) anonymously passed on to us. Enjoy! The tour has visited 38 cities in Canada, United States, Australia and New […]

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  • DidyaKnow? – “Test Your Knowledge on QuiZumanity”

    DidyaKnow? – “Test Your Knowledge on QuiZumanity”

    In celebration of Zumanity’s 2000th performance on Saturday, October 20th, Cirque du Soleil came up with a little quiz to test the knowledge of their cast and crew. Anonymous Cirquester passed this along to us and we, in turn, are passing it along to you. See how many you can get right before checking the […]

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  • DidyaKnow? “Zumanity’s Sexy Recipe”

    DidyaKnow? “Zumanity’s Sexy Recipe”

    This little tidbit was circulating around Cirque du Soleil’s HQ this week in celebration of Zumanity’s 2000th performance. It asks the question: what ingredients go into the show each night? 46 Artists (finest available) 53 Technicians (eminently qualified) 14 Dedicated staff members 14 Roses 10 Polaroid pictures 4 Apples 8 Bananas 1 Flat of strawberries […]

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  • Dralion’s 3000th Quiz: Answers, Part 2

    Dralion’s 3000th Quiz: Answers, Part 2

    Less than a week ago we posted a short list of questions prepared by Interim Artistic Coordinator and General Stage Manager of Dralion, Pat Rioux. Some of them were toughies; ready to see how you did? Yes? Okay, get ready to check those answers! (Part 2, Answers to Questions 7 to 11) Q7: How many […]

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  • Dralion’s 3000th Quiz: Answers, Part 1

    Dralion’s 3000th Quiz: Answers, Part 1

    Less than a week ago we posted a short list of questions prepared by Interim Artistic Coordinator and General Stage Manager of Dralion, Pat Rioux. Some of them were toughies; ready to see how you did? Yes? Okay, get ready to check those answers! (Part 1, Answers to Questions 1 to 6) Q1: How many […]

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