Issue #191: DEC 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of Fascination, the Unofficial Cirque du Soleil Newsletter. Once again there’ve been a lot of announcements, so let’s get to it!

DISNEY 2020 IS… DRAWN TO LIFE!

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products are thrilled to announce DRAWN TO LIFE, the highly anticipated, new family friendly show coming to Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Written and directed by Michel Laprise, this collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering will open for previews March 20, 2020, and officially premiere April 17, 2020. The show will take residency at Disney Springs.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group President and CEO Daniel Lamarre, says, “For Cirque du Soleil, this is a beautiful way of celebrating Disney’s legacy in the art of animation. This new and exciting production is most certainly the best way to highlight the privileged relationship we have with our colleagues at Walt Disney World and our joint commitment to continually bring audiences new experiences that surpass their expectations.”

The show is a result of years of research and extraordinary collaboration that included extensive visits to Disney theme parks, Walt Disney Archives, Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, The Walt Disney Family Museum, as well as hands-on work between Disney animators and Cirque du Soleil. ln fact, the Cirque du Soleil teams collaborated extensively with legacy animators to create the show.

Read the full announcement within…

KÀ HAS A NEW ACT!

Earlier this year, the KÀ creative team set out to shake up the epic production by adding a high-energy acrobatic act to the opening scene of the show. A rare endeavor that kicked off a world-wide search for talent that led all the way to Ethiopia. Check out this insider’s look at the integration process for KÀ’s newest addition, ICARIAN GAMES! – check out this video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2449197935296016 – it looks fantastic!

THE FIRST HOLIDAY ALBUM FROM CIRQUE DU SOLEIL?

Discover the soundtrack of “‘Twas The Night Before…”, the first-ever Cirque du Soleil Christmas show filled with a flurry of love, Christmas cheer and rip-roaring fun.

     01: "'Twas the Night Before..."....... (4:26)
     02: "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen"... (5:17)
     03: "Jolly"........................... (2:29)
     04: "Up on the Rooftop"............... (4:15)
     05: "The Spark"....................... (2:03)
     06: "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"........ (5:38)
     07: "O Holy Night".................... (4:32)
     08: "Angels We Have Heard on High".... (2:36)
     09: "O Christmas Tree"................ (3:40)
     10: "Shchedryk"....................... (3:55)
     11: "Do You Hear What I Hear?"........ (4:25)
     12: "Deck the Halls".................. (4:24)
     13: "Joy to the World"................ (2:23)

Released on December 6, 2019, hear the new soundtrack worldwide on Spotify (http://open.spotify.com/album/5PVVkM9ApJwTUG81CPUfON). Or, you can also purchase the album via Google Play Music and iTunes.

HOMMAGE #6 IS A TRIBUTE TO DIVAS QUÉBÉCOISES

In 2020, the 6th installment of the Tribute Series exclusively at the Amphithéâtre Cogeco in trois-Rivières will highlight the great female voices of Quebec. Trois-Rivières 2020 is a musical work that goes through the ages to celebrate the vibrant and alive legacy of Quebec icons. Tickets are now on sale! Get the here: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/trois-rivieres-2020

R.U.N FOR ONE NIGHT FOR ONE DROP 2020

One Night for One Drop is back: the 8th annual edition will be held on Friday March 27, 2020 at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas featuring a thrilling performance of R.U.N – the first live action thriller by Cirque du Soleil. The evening begins with an intimate, sponsor-only, cocktail reception – the perfect setting to network with our exclusive crowd. Guests will then take their seats in the theater for the live auction where exquisite, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, travel, and luxury goods are presented and available to bid on. This impressive auction will be followed by the thrilling performance of R.U.N. The evening is only just beginning… guests will cap off the night with an epic, immersive party. This unforgettable extravaganza with food, beverages, and surprise guest performances will be held in true Cirque du Soleil style and is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression – expect the unexpected! Get tickets to this event here: https://onenight.onedrop.org/en/tickets/

IS CIRQUE COMING TO CIRCUS CIRCUS?

According to the Denton Daily, on Wednesday, December 4th, Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin told the state Gaming Control Board that “The Illusionists,” which he says is playing in New York and is Cirque du Soleil’s most successful show, would be housed in a 2,000-seat, $11 million theater to be built on the front side of the Circus Circus property. “We have a long-term relationship with Cirque du Soleil, we have the ‘Mystere’ show at Treasure Island, a very successful show,” Ruffin told board members. “We have a commitment from the president of Cirque du Soleil to put a show in Circus Circus and so we’ve had meetings on that. I firmly believe that a Strip property has to have a permanent show and that’s the deal struck.” But after Ruffin’s appearance, a Cirque official wouldn’t confirm plans for a show. “We are always discussing opportunities with our partners but have no new projects to confirm at the moment,” said Cirque Director of Publications Ann Paladie. So, I guess we’ll see!

CIRQUE + VIDANTA = NEW SHOW IN NUEVO VALLARTA

At the five-year anniversary of Cirque du Soleil JOYÀ in Riviera Maya, and celebrating its unrivaled success, Grupo Vidanta and Cirque du Soleil officially announced the launch of an exciting new show that will include a mesmerizing high-level gastronomic experience.

“With the launch of Cirque du Soleil JOYÀ, Grupo Vidanta forever changed the entertainment landscape of Mexico by creating the must-see and world’s only Cirque du Soleil show and dinner experience. Now, propelling forward with our multi-year operating experience, we are certain the new theater and culinary experience currently being built in Nuevo Vallarta will be an unforgettable experience for the senses that will once again present to the world a unique and unmatched tourist attraction available only in Mexico,” said Iván Chávez, Executive Vice President of Grupo Vidanta.

The new theater will be located in an area dedicated to Cirque du Soleil in Vidanta’s entertainment parks currently under construction in the Vallarta area. In addition to the theater and show, the area will feature multiple acrobatic and artistic attractions where guests can immerse themselves in the world of Cirque du Soleil, where outdoor animations will come to life.

“Throughout our unique collaboration and long-standing partnership, Cirque du Soleil and Grupo Vidanta have always shared the same vision for high-quality entertainment and captivating experiences. We are thrilled to embark on this second venture; it’s an opportunity to unleash our creativity within the exquisite surroundings of this new Vidanta resort,” said Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. This will be the 53rd creation of Cirque du Soleil and its 16th resident show.

“NYSA” IS BERLIN 2020

Long for a world you’ve never imagined! Cirque du Soleil NYSA is an exhilarating blend of inspired storytelling, spectacular artistry and breakthrough acrobatics; a show to take you beyond what you can imagine.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is thrilled to announce Cirque du Soleil NYSA, its first permanent show in Europe, written and directed by renowned stage directors Lulu Helbæk and Simone Ferrari. Presented and co-produced by Live Nation, the show will premiere in Berlin, Germany, at Theater at Potsdamer Platz starting October 28, 2020.

Celebrating 25 years since the first Cirque du Soleil production in Germany, Cirque du Soleil NYSA is the world-renowned organization’s first permanent show in Europe, it’s 21st permanent show and 52nd original production. The brand new and exclusive production will premiere at Theater am Potsdamer Platz, where it aims to thrill audiences from the German capital and the metropolitan area along with German and international tourists long term. About 400,000 people per year will be able to witness unique performances, specifically conceived for the Theater am Potsdamer Platz.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group President and CEO, Daniel Lamarre, says, “For Cirque du Soleil, this is a beautiful way of celebrating a 25-year relationship with the city. This new and exciting production is most certainly the best way to highlight the privileged bond we have with Berlin.”

Read the full release within…

LAST, BUT NOT LEAST…

And last, but certainly not least, we have a couple of important milestones to highlight:

– LUZIA is this year’s special ARTE production. Check out the schedule here: https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/093018-000-A/cirque-du-soleil-luzia/ (Pssst, “O” will also be broadcast. “O” was 2017’s ARTE special)

– Corteo Arena celebrated its 500th performance on November 16th

– BAZZAR Celebrated its 200th performance on November 18th

– Mystere celebrated it’s 12,345th performance on December 5th.

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