Issue #173: JUN 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of Fascination, the Unofficial Cirque du Soleil Newsletter.

Did you know that Kurios celebrated its 1,500th performance in Tokyo,Japan on May 16, 2018? It did! And there’s plenty more to discuss this month, including…

• Sep7imo Dia-No Descansaré will have its world farewell this summer! After it’s last show in Paraguay, Sep7imo Dia heads back to Argentina for a farewell tour to end all farewell tours, hitting up Cordoba, Rosario, and Buenos Aires one last time. Sep7imo Dia’s final performance is currently scheduled for Sunday, September 9, 2018!

• Over at Mystere, “Misha”, the enigmatic song track that accompanied the Aerial Cube performance for so long, is back! “Misha” was replaced by the song “Nouvel Invol” when Aerial Cube was replaced with Duo Straps in 2017. We’re happy to hear “Misha” is back in action!

• By now you know that Alegria is returning. Elena Lev is too! She has confirmed via her Instagram page that she will perform Hoops Manipulation for Alegria’s 25th Anniversary tour! (See it for yourself here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BjqCjN9Ddsx/.

• Remember back in May when Darius Harper (the show’s singer) announced that a VOLTA DVD and CD would be due out soon? The CD was released, of course, and we know the show was indeed filmed in Toronto. At one time it’s release seemed imminent, but then it was shelved when the show began to change. Well, fans residing in Canada can watch this version of VOLTA on Bell Fibe – NOW. (http://tv1.bell.ca/fibetv1/shows/volta)

• And speaking of VOLTA, Danila Bim has created a back-up for her Hair Suspension act – “Evolution: Aerial Hoop”. See Danila performing this act here: (https://youtu.be/l0yFxaIabLo).

• There is now a Chinese-language version of Cirque du Soleil’s website: (https://www.taiyangmaxi.cn/)

• Sky News Australia recently spoke with the President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Daniel Lamarre, who said it is vital to separate the creative components from ‘the business reality’. Mr Lamarre told Sky News Business that he encourages his business partners to discuss financial matters with himself, leaving the creators alone so they can ‘continue to be free and bring crazy ideas’. < https://www.skynews.com.au /details/_5791675398001 >

Oh, and there’s more…

LUZIA TO RESIDE TEMPORARILY AT WALT DISNEY WORLD?!

While it seems we will be waiting until at least the second half of 2019 for the Disney Animation-Inspired Cirque du Soleil show to debut at Disney Springs, we won’t have to wait quite that long for a new Cirque show to perform at Walt Disney World. In the interim, Cirque Du Soleil’s Luzia will perform at Disney Springs sometime in the Spring of 2019, likely staying for a few months. This show is one of the traveling Cirque shows performed in a temporary stadium which travels the world. Cities that Luzia will be performing in are currently announced through December 2018, but nothing after that is. Inside sources infer that Luzia should arrive at Disney Springs by February-March 2019 with an undisclosed end date. Original plans called for a temporary Cirque Du Soleil show to come to Disney Springs this Summer (2018), but its appears that Disney would like to have the third parking garage at Disney Springs completed before adding something like Luzia that will put a further strain on the parking situation. No start date for the Disney-inspired show that will fill the former La Nouba theater has been announced as of yet either, but it would obviously be after Luzia departs Walt Disney World.

BROADWAYHD STREAMING SERVICE PICKS UP CIRQUE

According to Playbill: The streaming service BroadwayHD has acquired ten Cirque du Soleil titles — eight live productions and two documentaries — available beginning June 7. “Cirque du Soleil has completely reinvented the live entertainment experience, and we are absolutely thrilled to be able to showcase some of their amazing productions for a new audience,” said BroadwayHD co-founders Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley. “We think that the addition of Cirque du Soleil to our library is essential to reinforcing our position as the #1 destination for those looking to enjoy the very best in live theater.” The new releases on BroadwayHD are: Nouvelle Experience (in SD), Saltimbanco (SD), Alegria (SD), Dralion (SD), Kooza (in HD), Amaluna (HD), Delirium (HD), Toruk—The First Flight (HD) and the documentaries Thrilling Ride Through Kooza (HD) and Toruk Takes Flight (HD). This is wonderful news, Cirque du Soleil. Let’s see more like this!

NEW SHOW SCHEDULES FOR BEATLES LOVE AND MJ ONE

As summer begins, the show schedules for two of Las Vegas’ top shows, Michael Jackson ONE and The Beatles LOVE, will change.

Michael Jackson ONE — Beginning June 12, MJ ONE performances will take place Thursday through Monday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. with the show now going dark on Tuesday and Wednesday. Additional dark days will occur on Aug. 20 – 28, Oct. 22 -25, Nov. 5-7 and Dec. 11-13.

The Beatles LOVE — Beginning June 3, LOVE performances will take place every Tuesday through Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. with dark days every Sunday and Monday. Additional dark days will occur on Aug. 14 – 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20 and Dec. 4 – 8, 11 – 15.

CIRQUE, ENTERPRISE RAC & SIR ROSEVELT?

On June 1st, Cirque du Soleil announced a collaboration with Enterprise (Rent-a-Car) and Sir Rosevelt (a southern pop musical group) for a one-time-only performance in Denver, Colorado: Enterprise and Sir Rosevelt are celebrating the people who serve others through acts of kindness big and small. The epic event is driven by “paying it forward.” It all starts with 10 fans who each get a unique ticket code and it grows from there, as each of the 10 fans share their code with three people they think deserve to be celebrated – and so on, until all codes are redeemed. “The concert will be amazing,” the release says. “But the journey there will be even better.” To say we here at Fascination have many questions about this venture would be an understatement. And thankfully the teaser website (https://sharethecode.us/) has a FAQ that clears up quite a number of them, which we gladly collected to share with you within. You’ll find this FAQ in our NEWS section below (as well as an article from Rolling Stone that goes into a little more detail about this new event.)

CIRQUE RETURNS TO LONDON WITH TOTEM IN JAN 2019

Cirque du Soleil is delighted to announce that due to popular demand, its famous show TOTEM will return to London in January 2019. Approaching its 10th successful year of touring since its 2010 debut, TOTEM is a fascinating glimpse into the journey of mankind. It will open on 12 January 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall and run until 9 February 2019. Totem returns to London after being Cirque du Soleil’s highest selling tour to visit the city before the incredible success of 2018’s OVO. Pre-sale tickets for this spectacular show are available from 2pm on 4 June via Cirque Club, SKODA pre-sale from 9am on 5 June, with tickets going on sale to the general public at 9am, 8 June via the Cirque du Soleil website or www.royalalberthall.com or 020 7589 8212.

Okay, so let’s go!

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