Issue #144: January 2016

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

A new year begins and with it new hopes and dreams for us and for our friends at Cirque du Soleil. But while they said a teary goodbye to Corteo in mid-December, will say a heart-felt goodbye to Quidam in February, and a more shocking goodbye to Zarkana Las Vegas in April, Cirque du Soleil is lining up new entertainment for us to enjoy this year, and for years to come. In fact, not long after we put our last issue to bed, Cirque posted a casting notice for a Senior Technical Designer for a project called “Dubai 2018”. This piqued my interest so I took a look at all the postings and put together a brief list of the upcoming projects we currently know about and from what part of the Cirque du Soleil Group they come:

– ON THE RECORD: BAZ rumored return in 2016 (CDS Theatrical)
– LUZIA for April 2016 (Creations Meandres)
– PARAMOUR for April 2016 (CDS Theatrical)
– CHARLEBOIS/HOMMAGE in July 2016 (45 Degrees)
– THE WIZ on BROADWAY for 2017 (CDS Theatrical)
– SODA CIRQUE for March 2017
– CIRQUE 2017 for April 2017 (Creations Meandres)
– LA FORGE AUX ETOILES for 2017 (45 Degrees)
– MSC CRUISES for 2017 (45 Degrees)
– DUBAI 2018 for 2018
– THEME PARK/RESORT for 2018/2019 (Sandbox)

Learn more about a few of these in our news and features sections this month. Additionally, in the days leading up to TORUK-The First Flight’s premiere at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette dove into the World of Pandora, publishing several articles about TORUK’s creators, the cast, and more – including a review of the show! Check out his fantastic work within. We’ve pooled it all together in one spot for easy reading!

And while we continue our look back at Guy Laliberte’s Poetic Social Mission – part 5 of 8 – we also hear from three Cirque fans as they take in shows and concepts around the world. First, there’s “The Trickster” with a review of CREACTIVE at Punta Cana, followed by “MungoJerrie”‘s review of La Nouba on December 12th (the B-Boy act had just been put in place), and finally Aiden Lam gives us a new peek at Amaluna, in Paris on December 15th.

As always we also have the relevant posts made to Cirque’s Facebook pages, and updates to Cirque’s touring schedule.

So, let’s get started!