Issue #177: OCT 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of Fascination, the Unofficial Cirque du Soleil Newsletter. And it’s jam-packed with news and features, so we better get started!


Sep7imo Dia’s final bow was on September 23rd. With a world premiere in Buenos Aires in March 2017, the show’s final performances ended exactly where it all started. SEP7IMO DIA – NO DESCANSARÉ blended the wonder of Cirque du Soleil with the explosive pop-rock energy of Soda Stereo – Argentina’s musical icons – to immerse spectators in the band’s symbolism and poetry. In a breathtaking display of Cirque du Soleil’s signature artistry and physicality, SEP7IMO DIA conjured a world outside of time – a place where emotions ebb and flow like the tide, pulsing to the rhythm of the band’s emblematic songs. “Thank you to all the cities we visited – Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Lima, Santiago de Chile, Bogota, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Panama, San Jose, Guatemala, Miami, Los Angeles, Asuncion, Rosario, and Mar del Plata.” Check out these last four videos about the show and its artists…

Official 2018 Trailer for Sep7imo Dia
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Early Days of SODA STEREO Sep7imo Dia
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Emotional Final Days for Sep7imo Dia Artists
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Gracias Totales Soda Stereo!
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Every breathtaking moment. Every larger-than-life detail. This is a whole new awe-inspiring way to experience Cirque du Soleil. For one night, Cirque du Soleil in Cinema transports its internationally acclaimed show KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities to the big screen. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down. Immerse yourself in a spectacular cinematic experience through never-before-seen angles. Movie-going just got jaw-dropping! Tickets on sale October 4, 2018; in Theaters November 13th!


Cirque du Soleil is happy to introduce the creative team behind Alegría – The Return of an Icon, a revisit of one of its most iconic productions, which won over more than 14 million spectators. Strongly inspired by the original spirit of Alegría, the creative team’s mission will be to touch today’s audience by bringing to the stage a renewed vision of the show.

Guided by Director of Creation Daniel Ross, the team behind Alegría – The Return of an Icon includes creators who have worked on the original show in 1994, along with new talent. Jean-Guy Legault, renowned for his bold, innovative productions, will oversee the stage direction. His work has been showcased at events and venues across Quebec, including the Just For Laughs Festival, Théâtre Denise-Pelletier, Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, Théâtre du Rideau Vert and Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM). His role will be to honour the memories of an entire generation of fans and recreate the emotions they felt, while making sure the show remains just as inspiring as it was 25 years ago. Jean-Phi Goncalves, renowned for his work as musical director for Série Hommage – the Cirque du Soleil tribute series presented every Summer in Trois-Rivières, will revisit the legendary soundtrack of Alegría originally composed by René Dupéré. Dominique Lemieux, the show’s original Costume Designer, and Nathalie Gagné, original Make-up Designer, will also join the team to dive back into the creation of their iconic work using modern techniques and innovations.

“Our biggest challenge lies in finding a balance between respecting the essence of the original show, and reinterpreting it to meet the expectations of today’s audience,” said Daniel Ross, Director of Creation for Alegría – The Return of an Icon. “Together, we want to touch the hearts of the spectators and make them relive, or discover for the first time, the emotions that left their mark on millions of people.”

And here’s the entire team…

• Director of Creation — Daniel Ross
• Stage Director — Jean-Guy Legault
• Production Manager — Lucie Janvier
• Set & Props Designer — Anne-Séguin Poirier
• Composer — René Dupéré
• Musical Direction and Arrangements — Jean-Phi Goncalves
• Costume Designer — Dominique Lemieux
• Acrobatic Equipment Designer — Pierre Masse
• Associate Acrobatic Equipment Designer — Kevin Fauquembergue
• Acro Performance — Richard LePage
• Lighting Designer — Mikki Kunttu
• Sound Designers — Jacques Boucher et Jean-Michel Caron
• Make-Up Designer — Nathalie Gagné
• Technical Director — Christian Laflamme

Alegría – The Return of an Icon will be presented under the Big Top, at the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal starting April 18, 2019, and at ZIBI’s site in Gatineau starting August 1, 2019.


After just 10 months and only two weeks into the new season, the Times Square-based NFL Experience — a 40,000-square-foot attraction featuring a 4-D roller-coaster theater — closed its doors on Sept. 30. More than 90 employees will lose their jobs, according to a state filing. “We unfortunately have to end our season early,” says a post on its social media accounts. The joint venture between the NFL and Cirque du Soleil did not “meet expectations,” said an employee at the location, which had a sandwich board outside the entrance on Wednesday announcing the closure and a 50-percent-off promotion on merchandise. “Despite our team’s dedicated efforts, we were simply unsuccessful at meeting the financial goals,” a Cirque du Soleil spokesperson said. The hefty admission price — $37 for adults and $29 for children — could have something to do with low attendance. Without providing a reason for the closure, the NFL said in a statement, “The innovative partnership between the NFL and Cirque du Soleil allowed us to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for football fans visiting New York City. While this endeavor is coming to an end, the NFL will continue to offer unique, interactive events for our fans in the US and around the world.” Industry experts were surprised by its swift demise, speculating that the NFL “never put its marketing muscle” behind the NFL Experience.


MSC Cruises has partnered with Cirque du Soleil to offer a unique onboard entertainment experience: Cirque du Soleil at Sea. This long-term partnership, sees the world leader in artistic entertainment, Cirque du Soleil, create a total of eight original shows that will be exclusively available on MSC Cruises’ four Meraviglia generation ships. The first two shows debuted on MSC Meraviglia. Now Cirque du Soleil at Sea is coming to MSC Bellissima with 2 brand new shows beginning March 2019! Six nights per week, this entertainment experience takes place in a multi-million euro, custom-made entertainment and dining venue where guests will be able to enjoy dinner or cocktails and then watch the Cirque du Soleil at Sea performances.



There’s a lot waiting for you in our FEATURES section this month. First, Keith Johnson, who was in attendance at VOLTA the night of the lift malfunction, brings us details of his “UH-MAZE-ING” experience he had that night. Next, we hear from Kerry Hennigan, a fan who flew all the way from Adelaide, Australia to partake in the celebrations surrounding Michael Jackson’s 60th Birthday in Las Vegas – she gives us a fantastic review of the experience. Then, take a peek into Cirque du Soleil’s newest Television production – the just announced BIG TOP ACADEMY – as we look at the show is about and its characters. And last, but certainly not least, continue our look back at classic critiques for Mystère.

Okay, so let’s go!