What’s Up at CirqueClub — May 2005

Cirque Club has been all over the premiere of Corteo. The have features on the press premiere (with video), and premiere night, as well as video clips of some of the creators and a gallery of photos. They also mention the Tokyo resident show, and talk about a Street Art project with Quidam in Melbourne.

Since our last issue, Press Releases also mentions the Tokyo show and premiere of Corteo. And over in the Boutique, they are now stocking several cute 3-D figurine likenesses of Cirque characters. They are also offering the “Cirque du Soleil” first CD and “Nouvelle Experience” CD for $12.00 each, $7.00 off. Looks like they’re trying to clear them out!

In Cirque Club marketing messages, Anne-Josée was again busy.

About a special performance at the Cannes Film Festival:”Last Wednesday, May 11, there was a definite buzz at the Palais du Festival! After three days of intense preparation, the opening ceremony of the 58th Cannes Film Festival was about to kick off. As the hostess of the evening-Cécile de France, a Belgian actress-was awaiting her cue to take the stage, so were our artists! After a brief introduction of the jury and our artists, aerial performer Delphine walked onto the stage and began to climb her red drapes while her colleague Richard started to sing. Images from films by Emir Kusturica, the president of the jury, were projected onto the set, adding to the breathtaking performance that unfolded! Following the performance, the Festival was officially declared open. We all ended up backstage as the champagne began to flow. The party had officially begun!”

Quidam leaving Melbourne:”It’s been an all-round excellent stay in Melbourne! Everyone on tour is so grateful for the wonderful hospitality you have shown. Several unforgettable events happened while we were in town, including my favourite – a very special collaboration with four local and talented artists to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.” (Includes a citation to the Cirque Club article on the street art project.)

Varekai leaving Pittsburgh:”It seems like only yesterday that we set up the Grand Chapiteau at Heinz Field and welcomed Pittsburgh to the world of Varekai. With only 12 days left of our stay in Pittsburgh (the show is playing until Sunday, May 8), the cast and crew wanted me to tell you how much they’ve enjoyed themselves and to thank you for making their time here so great! Your city reminds us of our own “traveling city” in terms of its cultural diversity. The food, attractions and people have made this tour stop one that we will not soon forget. I must admit that Pittsburgh has held a special place in my heart ever since I discovered that it is the birthplace of Andy Warhol and Heinz ketchup!”

And Corteo’s World Premiere:”I thought you might like to hear a little about Corteo’s world premiere last Thursday. Excitement filled the air around the Grand Chapiteau in Old Montreal as media representatives, famous faces and little old me hurried inside to find our seats. “Once seated, I couldn’t help but stare at the incredible diaphanous curtain… Soon the lights dimmed, the music started and the show began. Wow! A festive parade punctuated with feats of strength, graceful movements and moments of pure folly. I loved catching glimpses of the audience on the other side of the stage during the performance, too! After a great round of applause it was time to exit the Grand Chapiteau. The show was excellent, and the celebrations continued late into the night!” (Includes a citation to a longer Cirque Club article.)

Above text courtesy of Cirque Club.