Issue #157: FEB 2017

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

It’s been another busy week here behind the scenes at Fascination, but we wanted to throw a shout-out to THE BEATLES LOVE this month: they celebrated their 5,000th performance on January 11, 2017! A video was created video to celebrate this momentous occasion; watch it here: https://goo.gl/N7ege6.

Last issue we mentioned that Alexey Turchenko, who was performing the
cube act in Mystère, had left the show and was being replaced with a new mixed duo straps act by Stu McKenzie and Luba Kazantseva. Meet these two in a new video – “The Making of Duo Straps” – on Cirque’s YouTube page: https://youtu.be/KsxGKvEEX4g.

There’s an article within this month’s featured pieces in which Robin Leach interviews TORUK’s Fabrice Lemiere. It’s a great read, but, many of you have been wondering where TORUK’s tour would be taking it after the United States. Well, at the end of that article Fabrice lets the cat out of the bag! “Toruk: The First Flight is in Wichita, Kansas, this weekend, followed by New Orleans, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Mexico City, Mexico, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Hartford, Connecticut, and Dayton, Ohio. After a brief vacation, the cast and crew embark on Asia. They begin in Taiwan in June, then it’s Japan, Australia and New Zealand.”

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL… QUARTZ?

A couple of weeks ago across its social media sphere, Cirque du Soleil highlighted a number of job postings and other openings they were looking to fill for projects all across their spectrum – from Cirque du Soleil at SEA to 45 Degrees events and much more. One such item caught my attention because it indicated a project I didn’t know had even existed at that point – a project called QUARTZ. Furthermore, it appeared that whatever the project was to be, it was going to be another arena show. Well, a couple of hours after I saw the posting it was taken down, and the wording for each (Wardrobe Assistant, Tour Production Coordinator, Tour Accountant, Therapist, and Lighting Technician) were all scrubbed to remove the name QUARTZ from them. Kuriouser and Kuriouser as they’d say. Since then we’ve been somewhat enlightened to what QUARTZ is shaping up to be, but alas, I am under a gag order not to say what it is. I’ll let Cirque du Soleil make that announcement, but I hope they do it soon!

SCALADA 2017 is STELLAR

The folks at 45 DEGREES are now hard at work to bring spectators in Andorra the final production in the SCALADA series – Scalada: STELLAR. In this latest edition, Cirque du Soleil invites you to discover a parallel world between the sky and the earth. It will lead you into the unknown, to touch the clouds and see beyond!

“Is there any of us who hasn’t once stopped to watch the clouds for hours on end? Have you ever dreamed of touching them and passing through them? In STELAR, you will meet a dreamer, like many of us, who has always fantasized about what is hidden in the clouds. We have all imagined at one time or another that we could fly high enough into the sky to sit on them and see the world from another perspective. A journey into the beyond, where the unexpected will set the stage for the new Scalada: STELAR in Andorra show. Are you ready to unravel the mystery? Don’t wait to be told about it later on!

  • WHERE: The event will be located in the public car park of Parc Central, in the centre of Andorra la Vella, and will have a capacity of 5.000 people per performance. As with the previous edition, THE SPACE WILL BE ENTIRELY UNDER COVER. There will be a catering area on-site where food and drinks can be bought.
  • WHEN: STELAR will be perform on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1st to 30th of July, 2017, with a final performance on Sunday 30th. Performances will be 60 minutes long, starting at 22:00 hours. There will also be a 30-minute animation presented before each show with the characters of Scalada: STELAR by Cirque du Soleil.
  • HOW: There are three kinds of tickets to Cirque du Soleil in Andorra: 1) Free tickets will provide access to the area in front of the stage, where there is standing room only. 2) Paid tickets include a numbered seat in the stands. 3) If you prefer, you can choose a hotel pack that includes a one-night stay at the chosen hotel plus a seated ticket in the stands.

Check out the visual and a video teaser for this upcoming show here: http://www.cirquefascination.com/?p=9536.

PARAMOUR STILL CHUGGING ALONG

And last, but not least, we’re still keeping an eye on Paramour’s weekly grosses. And to be honest they’re not doing that badly. Sure, the show could be grossing a lot more, but, it’s doing fine. I do hope that we’ll soon hear whether the show has found a new home in New York City, will go on a North American Tour, or whether it has a home somewhere in Europe in the coming weeks. Remember, the show has it’s final performance on April 16, 2017.

Week      This Week	 Potential   Difference    Seats   % Cap
Ending      Gross         Grosses    in Dollars    Sold	 
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04-Dec    $927,404.50  $1,805,456.00 -$151,130.50  10,356  68.28%
11-Dec  $1,029,466.15  $1,805,456.00  $102,061.65  11,102  73.19%
18-Dec  $1,039,208.90  $1,805,456.00    $9,742.75  11,230  74.04%
25-Dec  $1,100,772.00  $1,805,456.00   $61,563.10  10,615  69.98%
01-Jan  $1,908,018.00  $1,805,456.00  $807,246.95  15,125  99.72%
08-Jan  $1,218,860.80  $1,805,456.00 -$689,158.15  14,491  95.54%
15-Jan    $999,968.70  $1,805,456.00 -$218,892.10  11,683  88.03%
22-Jan    $903,287.95  $1,805,456.00  -$96,680.75  11,528  76.00%
29-Jan    $935,804.25  $1,805,456.00   $32,516.30  12,257  80.81%

Well, that’s all I have time for this month. Let’s get to the rest!

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