Issue #129: OCT 2014 – Released!

The latest issue of Fascination! the Unofficial Cirque du Soleil Newsletter is here!

In most of North America the fall season is now upon us, which of course means Pumpkin Spice(TM) everything. While we take part in this “new” fall-time tradition, do you know what’s missing about this particular Autumn? a ramp-up to Cirque Week 2014 in Las Vegas! Although there doesn’t appear to be a Cirque Week this year, there’s still a number of exciting Cirque-y events going on this season:

First, as part of its 30th anniversary, and for the first time in its history, Cirque du Soleil will present a truly unique, exclusive music event celebrating 30 years of music. Presented by Xerox, this concert will run for two weeks only, from December 13 to 28, at the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church in Montréal. The 75-minute concert will pay tribute to the music of Cirque du Soleil and will feature a choir of 70 voices and 6 soloists accompanied by 28 musicians. The audience will hear signers Audrey Brisson-Jutras, Dominic Dagenais, Mathieu Lavoie, Anna Liani, Francine Poitras and Roxanne Potvin interpreting some of the songs that have defined the music of Cirque du Soleil shows of the past 30 years. It’s unfortunate that Fascination can’t be there; it sounds like a great show!

The main Montréal celebration of Cirque du Soleil’s 30th anniversary was the opening night of Kurios in April. It was followed by a big party for employees in June. One other Montreal event will be held next month; however: the launching of a 30th-anniversary book. Gilles Ste-Croix described it as “really picture-driven.” The book will consist mainly of backstage photos taken of all the shows, by one photographer, since 1987. The book, whatever it may be called, sounds like an update to “Wings: Backstage with Cirque du Soleil”, published in 1999 and featuring the photography of Veronique Vial.

In either case, I guess Cirque better hurry up and get their online Boutique running again, because that’s not all that’s coming! Cirque recently announced that a new CD will be joining its catalog: the KURIOS soundtrack! Fans in the United States and Canada will be able to get it in stores, online, and digitally (via iTunes, no doubt) beginning December 9th. In addition to the CD, there’ve been rumors of a DVD offering in the works as well, so we’ll have to see.

In the meantime we can perhaps fulfill our need for new Cirque content with “SPARKED: An Interaction Between Humans and Quadcopters”. Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich, and Verity Studios have partnered to develop a short film featuring 10 quadcopters in a flying dance performance. The collaboration resulted in a unique, interactive choreography where humans and drones move in sync. Inside you’ll find a link to the video, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how they made it all come together. It’s quite interesting!

Inside the issue this month we hear from Keith Johnson who analyzes what Cirque is doing to save money on tour (cutting back on hours!), and also, a couple of months ago, our friends over at The Chapiteau had the opportunity to speak with the Moon Goddess of Amaluna – Marie-Michelle Faber – and they’ve graciously allowed us to reprint their fantastic interview with her for you!

For our feature articles this month we have… (use the links below to get the issue to read more!)