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Issue #157: FEB 2017
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- Issue #157: FEB 2017
CirqueCast: a Cirque Fan VodCast!
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Alain Vinet – Musique Director
“What Was I Thinking?”
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Kit Chatham – KURIOS Drummer
“The Third Time”
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Raphaël Beau – Composer
“Compositeur des Curiosités”
11 August 2015 9:39 AM | No Comments
Fabrice Lemire – Artistic Director
“Varekai: From Big Top to Arena”
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- Alain Vinet – Musique Director
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We're used to requesting time with artists, creatives, or executives at Cirque, but not the other way around! Here our friend Alain Vinet invited us to spend some time with him catching up on Cirque’s latest music voyages.
What is it about a drummer that attracts diehard Cirque fans to them? From Quidam drummer BJ, who met up with the first CirqueCon Vancouver group, to Paul Bannerman, drummer with Varekai who has been very fan-friendly, we as fans seem to be drawn to those who bash the skins. And now we add another […]
Responsible for the fun “Steampunk” sound that propels Kurios-Cabinet of Curiosities is Raphaël Beau. Raphaël was educated at the Conservatoires national de region of Toulouse and Paris. He also studied at the Paris Sorbonne where he became a certified music teacher. He composed the soundtrack for Micmacs, a film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet with whom he subsequently collaborated on some commercials. In 2011 he composed the soundtrack for the cute short film Defective Detective by Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis, which won a bronze award at the 38th Student Academy Awards. We sent Mr. Beau some questions via email and here are his responses in French, kindly translated into English by Kurios publicist Amelie Robitaille. One of our rare bi-lingual interviews! Enjoy!
Adapting a product for use in a different venue or product is a cost-effective way to get additional value out of development costs. Thought of in an extreme case an example might be local police with equipment originally designed for the battlefield. Or filming a show to be able to sell to cable TV, video-on-demand, […]
How companies find and market to their audience has changed drastically in the almost 30 years since Le Cirque du Soleils’ first performances. It used to be that marketing was limited to print, radio and television. Now it has completely changed, with the Internet becoming a vital tool in reaching out and touching the fan […]
At the conclusion of our interview with the Amaluna CD composing/production team of Bob & Bill (Guy Dubuk and Marc Lessard), (which appeared last month in Fascination!, available here: http://www.cirquefascination.com/?p=2370 ) they suggested a conversation with Cirque du Soleil Musical Director Alain Vinet would shed more light on the production of the Amaluna CD, since […]
The release of the CD for the latest Cirque du Soleil touring tent show Amaluna (2012, Cirque du Soleil Musique CDSMCD-10046) marks the third time the production team of Bob & Bill (Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard, www.bobandbill.net) have shepherded a Cirque du Soleil soundtrack. From production duties on Kooza (2008, CDS Musique CDSMCD-10028), they […]
The KÀ by Cirque du Soleil #1 comic book is a new creative endeavor for Cirque, an attempt to expand its show properties into different mediums. Following on their appearance at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con (where they performed the show’s vertigo-inducing battle scene on a local building wall), the comic takes the cinematic […]
Upon strolling onto a Cirque show site one is impressed by the grandeur of it all – from the fences that corral ticket holders, to the imposing spires of the tent and the bright blue and yellow colors of the canvas, not to mention the anticipation at the wonders within. But not as obvious upon […]
When the arena tour of Quidam recently visited Everett, Washington, my wife and I had the opportunity to revisit a show we first saw during the first CirqueCon in 2004. One of the pleasant surprises was to find that Mark Ward, who was kind enough to be part of the first CirqueCon post-show Q&A years […]
Due to our desire to carry physical CD’s when we travel rather than pack an iPod, two disks always make their way into our CD case. One is the René Dupéré-composed Holiday on Ice show “Exotica” (1998, Netza 1751). The other is always the Benoit Jutras-composed Cirque du Soleil “O” soundtrack (1998, Cirque du Soleil […]
Cirque du Soleil was quick to realize, with the critical and financial success of The Beatles Love, that it could expand its stable of productions beyond ideas and characters generated exclusively in-house. Many of the lessons learned during the creation of the Beatles project would be applied to its next collaborative endeavor – a show […]
The tasks of both creating the music and producing the soundtrack for Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring creation, Totem (2010, Cirque du Soleil Musique CDSMC-10034), fell to the Montréal musical team of “Bob & Bill.” Their ‘real’ names are Guy Dubuc (Ge Doo-BOOK) and Marc Lessard (Mark Less-ARD) – so who is “Bob” and who is “Bill?” “It’s a big secret,” Marc hinted, when we talked in late October. Explained Guy, “It’s a team actually. Nobody’s nobody, the team is called Bob & Bill.”
As we were preparing for our latest trip to Las Vegas (to see Viva Elvis! and catch BeLIEve “2.0”) we asked if we could sit down with Mr. Nadal for a chat, to talk about the shows and his outlook on things of interest to Cirque fans. We were delighted when the theater veteran with much press experience found time in his busy schedule.
When it became clear we would be able to add Montreal to our CirqueCon 2010 weekend in New York, our journalistic minds went into high gear. Who in the Cirque organization, we wondered, might be interested in talking with us for Fascination?