What’s Up at CirqueClub — April 2005

With the press conference for new touring production Corteo concluded, Cirque Club has archived the performance section on its website. They didn’t, however, include the comments by Guy Laliberte, Line Tremblay and director Daniele Finzi Pasca. We, being the completists we have always been, would have liked these translated from French and placed on the site, as they had been done for some of the other press events.

The complete press release for the show can be found in the Press Services section of the site. The Boutique, on the other hand, has been relatively silent, with no new items we can see.

In Cirque Club marketing messages, Anne-Josée was busy:

She wrote about a special appearance by Varekai characters:
“With only eleven days left of our stay in Austin, we couldn’t have asked for a better send-off! Today-Thursday, March 17-Texas State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos and Texas State Representative Dawnna Dukes, on behalf of the Texas State Legislature, will commemorate Cirque’s 20th anniversary and its return to Texas with Varekai by reading a special proclamation prior to the beginning of session on the House and Senate floors of the Capitol. A few Varekai characters will be on hand to create a little havoc!”

She also wrote about the winner of their Cirque du Soleil and Me contest: “I wanted to thank Cirque Club members for all your wonderful stories and for making our contest such a great success. The Grand Final Vote ended last Sunday and we are proud to announce that the winner is Claire Martel from Jonquière with her story entitled “First Steps.” She will be living out her dream to go to Orlando and see La Nouba with her family. The first 20 years of our history have been filled with many memorable experiences and we thank you for having been there throughout. And with the worldwide launch of Cirque 2005 less than a month away, we look forward to many more!”

Mentioning a “special performance” during Quidam’s Melbourne run:
“I thought you might like to hear about a very special event taking place in Melbourne. We are delighted to be working with four local artists specializing in stencil and aerosol art, who will create a unique Quidam-inspired panel during a live “performance” this Saturday, April 9 between noon and 6 p.m. at Federation Square. This unique project is in keeping with the spirit of Cirque du Soleil’s Arts du Monde program, which encourages local artists to express themselves and share their own creativity with the world. Drop by on Saturday to enjoy the artwork in person as it is created!”

And Saltimbanco is now performing near Paris! Anne-Josée again:
“After months, even years, of meticulous planning, last night Saltimbanco performed for the very first time under the Grand Chapiteau in Boulogne-Billancourt, just a short distance from the heart of Paris. The evening was simply magical! The audience loved the show and truly embraced the spirit of Saltimbanco. A number of famous faces were spotted in the crowd enjoying the evening’s festivities, including Caroline Barclay, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Guillaume
Canet, Roberto Cavalli, Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Garou, Jeanne Moreau, Sandrine Bonnaire, Marie-Laure De Villepin and Roman Polanksi.”

And Madame surfaced again, to remind us of the “Lovesick” documentary on Zumanity being broadcast on Bravo: “Hello gorgeous. I have great news for the voyeur in you! On April 8, 9 and 24 on Bravo USA, you will have the chance to put your eye to the keyhole and take a peek into the lives of some very special people. Director Lewis Cohen was given unprecedented access to what was going on during the creation of ZUMANITY, and he captured some exceptionally raw and intense moments for you to see.

The lens focused on five incredible creatures from the human zoo, and followed them as they challenged their limits and in the end redefined their identities. Lovesick is tailor-made for those yearning to delve into the intense, sensual and chaotic personal lives of these artists. So turn down the lights, pour yourself a nice glass of wine and prepare to be riveted to your loveseat! This is no ordinary reality.”

Above text courtest of Cirque Club.