Issue #175: AUG 2018

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

Look! We finally reached the next important publication milestone – our 175th issue! Can you believe we’ve been publishing for 18 years now? We’ve seen a lot of change at Cirque du Soleil through those years, but of course, we’ve changed a lot too. At our last milestone, I’d been so busy with a new house and new baby that I really didn’t have the time to think about what it meant to reach our 150th issue. And now that we’re here at #175 – gosh, where did the time go? – I find myself in a similar situation… who knew toddlers could take up so much of your time?! Now, as then, life moves on. As Heraclitus of Ephesus was fond of saying (loosely translated): “All is in flux, nothing abides.” Change is the only constant and so Fascination will continue to change as Cirque itself pivots into new and exciting things. I may not always agree with the direction the company takes, nor the desire to cover every aspect of the ever-growing Cirque du Soleil Group empire, but for now I’m still following the sun. And it’s still shining bright. That’s all I can hope for.


It’s official: Criss Angel will make his oft-anticipated move to Planet Hollywood in time for the holidays. The veteran Strip illusionist opens “Criss Angel Mindfreak” in Criss Angel Theater, formerly Planet Hollywood Showroom, beginning Dec. 19. Angel and Caesars Entertainment announced the move in a news release on July 31st. Angel’s impending move to Planet Hollywood was reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal back in December, which we, of course, covered here.

Angel said the Dec. 19 date is a “soft” opening during the traditionally slow holiday season. He’ll likely celebrate his grand opening in January, though that date is not finalized. “This is not me taking my Luxor show and moving it to Planet Hollywood,” Angel, who closes Oct. 28 at Luxor, said. “This is an entirely new show. We’re renovating the theater and bringing in a whole new production.” The new “Criss Angel Mindfreak” will run Wednesdays through Sundays, with tickets starting at $69 (minus fees) and are already on sale.

Read more about this announcement in our news section within.


In case you missed it… Kev and Andi made the following announcement back on June 16th…

“We’ve been given the opportunity to perform a Duo Aerial Straps act in the Cirque du Soleil show Volta. Volta is currently touring North America. The opportunity was presented to us several weeks ago. After discussing it with each other and with our immediate family members, we felt it would be a symbolic way for us to honor and pay tribute to our friend and colleague Yann Arnaud. Yann tragically lost his life recently during one of his performances on Volta. He was doing what he loved the most. This return to the Big Top stage is with mixed feelings. This horrible accident affected us enormously, along with the circus community as a whole. Each performance we do, we will do in the memory of Yann and for his beautiful family left behind. There was one thing Yann loved more than performing and that was his family. We spoke yesterday with Yann’s wife Inna, along with his father Christian and together we decided we’d like to contribute a portion of each of our performances on Volta directly to support his daughters Lilia and Kiana. We all felt that Yann would appreciate this. We can’t imagine the pain and heartache felt after losing someone so close to you. This is for you Yann!”

We wanted to remind you that the twins will appear in VOLTA beginning with the Seattle run of the show (September 7th), and stay through to San Francisco (Jan 6, 2019), so only two stops. From there they have an appointment in Germany for the re-launch of Paramour!


• Get ready for thrills and chills Seoul, Korea! After welcoming 8 million spectators from 61 cities in 19 countries, Cirque du Soleil is coming your way! Catch KOOZA under the Big Top at the Jamsil Sports Complex starting November 3rd.

• 45 Degrees’ Monte Carlo show is coming. Check out this quick teaser.

• Aurelie Dauphin is performing a Vocal Aerial Silks act in Corteo

• Corteo celebrated it’s 100th arena show on July 14th. Congrats!

• Volta has a new programme book, but you can only get it on site.

• Pablo Gomis and Pablo Bermejo are returning to Alegria! As are quite a number of other past Alegria alum. Stay tuned for more!

Okay, so let’s go!