The Story of an Encounter is a web series that explores inspiring love affairs between Cirque du Soleil and Mexico. It shines a spotlight on some of the creators of LUZIA, revealing their longstanding or budding love affair with Mexico and its people. The series also explores the protagonists’ individual roles and respective approaches in the creation of Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA, which kicks off its world tour in Montreal in April 2016.
Episode 1: Eugenio Caballero, Set Designer
Episode 2: Simon Carpentier, Composer
Episode 3: Patricia Ruel, Director of Creation
Episode 4: Majo Cornejo, Lead Singer
Episode 5: Rodrigo de la Mora, Musician/Guitarist
Episode 6: Daniele Finzi Pasca, Writer and Director
EPISODE 6: DANIELE FINZI PASCA, WRITER & DIRECTOR
May 18, 2016
In one of the studios at Cirque du Soleil’s International Headquarters in Montreal, Daniele Finzi Pasca speaks to the cast and talks about an innovative piece of acrobatic equipment used for the first time in a Big Top show: the double treadmill. He reflects on the idea of speed – a tribute to the legendary fleet-footed Tarahumara people of Mexico – and the all-important element of rain. In an intimate moment, Daniele talks about his companion and muse, Julie Hamelin, “the soul behind everything.” Musicians and members of the cast enter the studio single file and, in chorus, sing one of the stirring title songs of the show, “Cierra Los Ojos,” as Daniele and composer Simon Carpentier’s watch on with contented smiles on their faces.
EPISODE 5: RODRIGO DE LA MORA, MUSICIAN/GUITARIST
April 19, 2016
During his final days at home in his native Mexico, LUZIA Musician and Guitarist Rodrigo de la Mora talks about the difficulty of leaving family and friends behind to head out on tour. As he settles into his temporary new digs at the artists’ residence in Montreal and meets up with fellow musicians in the music studio, Rodrigo is anxious to get to work. Listen in as the overwhelmed Rodrigo tells all about the amazing opportunity of finally getting to work alongside one of his personal idols, Show Co-author Daniele Finzi Pasca.
EPISODE 4: MAJO CORNEJO, LEAD SINGER
April 12, 2016
In her home in Mexico, LUZIA Singer Majo Cornejo prepares to say goodbye to her family and head up to Montreal to join the LUZIA cast as it prepares for its upcoming world tour. Catch up with Majo on her first day at the snowbound Cirque du Soleil Headquarters in Montreal, and listen in as she tries her chops at the show’s stirring theme song – “Tiembla la Tierra” – in an emotionally charged, impromptu performance in front of Show Co-author Daniele Finzi Pasca and Composer Simon Carpentier.
EPISODE 3: PATRICIA RUEL, DIRECTOR OF CREATION
April 5, 2016
Catch up with LUZIA Director of Creation Patricia Ruel in her home-away-from-home in San Agustinillo, Mexico, as she talks about the privilege of working on a Cirque du Soleil production. Hear her rave about the culture and diversity of Mexico and muse about the child she and her Mexican husband are expecting. Back at Cirque Headquarters in Montreal, Patricia presents her newborn baby Salvador to the team, drawing a parallel between her half-Mexican, half-Quebecer child, and the creation of LUZIA – the result of the deep connection between Cirque du Soleil and Mexico.
EPISODE 2: SIMON CARPENTIER, COMPOSER
March 29, 2016
LUZIA Composer Simon Carpentier reveals his fondness for Mexico and its people, and shares how his approach to the show’s musical score is grounded in this newly discovered emotional bond. When he is composing, Simon always keeps in mind the artists on stage. The composer also reveals one of his secrets for testing whether or not a song is good: his children!
EPISODE 1: EUGENIO CABALLERO, SET DESIGNER
March 22, 2016
LUZIA Set and Props Designer Eugenio Caballero, a world-renowned production designer who won an Oscar for the design of Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, talks about how he fuses his experiences in the very different worlds of cinema and theatre. Follow Eugenio in his home and in the studio as he explains why he opted for a realistic approach to evoke nature in LUZIA.