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  • We’re Off and Running, Part 10:<br />Quidam, Part 1 (1996-1997)

    We’re Off and Running, Part 10:
    Quidam, Part 1 (1996-1997)

    A few months ago, as I was flipping through a few classic Cirque du Soleil programme books (as is my wont), I was happily caught off-guard by a brief history of the company that it had written about itself in Saltimbanco’s original European Tour programme, published sometime in 1996. Not because the historia was in […]

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  • Cal McCrystal – “Britain’s funniest director”

    Cal McCrystal – “Britain’s funniest director”

    Cal McCrystal – once dubbed "Britain's funniest director" - has worked with the Mighty Boosh and clown company Spymonkey, as well as creating comedy routines for Cirque du Soleil - is more in demand than ever.

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  • Issue #169: FEB 2018

    Issue #169: FEB 2018

    This Month: The rumor mill is full (Alegria returns!, Delays at the Park, Cirque 2018?, Pan's Labyrinth?!), Pollstar's 2017 numbers come in, and a lot, lot more!

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  • Visionary Violinist and Composer Meg Okura To Release Two Albums this Spring

    Visionary Violinist and Composer Meg Okura To Release Two Albums this Spring

    Established violinist and composer Meg Okura (who has been featured in three Cirque productions - Varekai, Wintuk, and Corteo) ushers in the Spring season with two new recordings: NPO Trio Live at The Stone and IMA IMA.

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  • CirqueCast, Season 2 Episode 1: We’re back w/News and Rumors

    CirqueCast, Season 2 Episode 1: We’re back w/News and Rumors

    CirqueCast is a Vodcast (that’s video podcast) for Cirque fans by Cirque fans – featuring artist interviews, Cirque headlines, and the inside scoop to your favorite Cirque du Soleil shows! Join your hosts José Pérez (TheChapiteau), Richard “Richasi” Russo (Fascination!), Ian Rents (Hardcore Cirque Fans), and new addition Max Olson, as we bring you a […]

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  • Fosun gives Cirque a second shot at wooing Chinese audiences

    Fosun gives Cirque a second shot at wooing Chinese audiences

    The famous Cirque du Soleil did not exactly bring the house down the last time it attempted to woo Chinese audiences [with ZAIA]. But that was in 2012, three years before Fosun International, China’s biggest private conglomerate and one of the country’s most acquisitive firms, bought a quarter of the Canadian entertainment giant, making it the second-biggest shareholder. That deal has given Cirque du Soleil a renewed confidence in its ability to captivate Chinese spectators.

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  • Cirque Celebrates 1,000th Royal Albert Hall Performance

    Cirque Celebrates 1,000th Royal Albert Hall Performance

    To mark the occasion of its 1000th Royal Albert Hall performance, Cirque announced a special morning performance to be held at the iconic London venue. This extra performance of the current production 'OVO' will be held on Saturday 24 February 2018 at 11.30am and is the final performance to be announced for OVO's London run.

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  • Acrobat-actor Raphael Cruz, Dies in Paris

    Acrobat-actor Raphael Cruz, Dies in Paris

    Raphael Cruz, the American acrobat, clown, actor and musician — who left such a vivid impression with his work in last year’s Lookingglass Theatre production of Charles Dickens’ “Hard Times” —was found dead in a Paris hotel room last week. The cause of death is awaiting results of an autopsy. He widely known for playing the lead role of Buster, a character inspired by silent film great Buster Keaton, in the cinema-themed Cirque du Soleil show, “Iris.”

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  • Cirque du Soleil Tapped CSUN Alum for Comedy

    Cirque du Soleil Tapped CSUN Alum for Comedy

    Haves’ creativity and love of performance landed him a job as comic act designer for the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, which uses acrobats, dancers, clowns and contortionists to tell stories. One of Cirque du Soleil’s most defining characteristics matches Haves’ passion: non-language based (or nonverbal) performance.

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  • What’s a Trials Phenom to do after Retiring from the Circus?

    What’s a Trials Phenom to do after Retiring from the Circus?

    La Nouba, a long-running Cirque du Soleil show at Walt Disney World in Orlando, has come to a close after nineteen years. Lance, a member of the cast for 14 years, is now looking for work. "I'm trying to figure out what the heck I'm doing," he says. "That was a one-job-in-the-world deal."

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  • Where is he now?: Bill Shannon

    Where is he now?: Bill Shannon

    Bill Shannon is a Pittsburgh-based artist with experience in drawing, dancing, metalworking, performance art, writing, public speaking, and sculpture. His "Stay Up" dance project explores the personal movement patterns of individuals with disabilities.

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  • Cirque eschews acrobats in next Las Vegas Strip production?

    Cirque eschews acrobats in next Las Vegas Strip production?

    The next production Cirque stages on the Strip will be devoid of the very acrobatics that made the company the dominant production vehicle in the city. “We are working on a new show concept with MGM Resorts, brand-new for the Luxor, and an entirely new avenue for the company,” Cirque du Soleil Senior Vice President Jerry Nadal said.

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  • Pollstar’s 2017 Year-End Figures Are In

    Pollstar’s 2017 Year-End Figures Are In

    POLSTAR's 2017 Year-End figures are in and live music continues to demonstrate its growing popularity, making 2017 a record-crushing year for the concert business. The Top 100 Worldwide Tours alone generated a record $5.65 billion in revenues. That represents a huge, 15.8% increase over the previous year. How did Cirque do?

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  • “O” is Beautiful, Even on the Small Screen

    “O” is Beautiful, Even on the Small Screen

    ARTE-TV (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne, a French-German TV network, www.arte.tv) has filmed and broadcast “O,” what some fans testify is the pinnacle of Cirque’s creativity. We review this filming.

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  • We’re Off and Running, Part 9:<br />Alegría, Part 2 (1995)

    We’re Off and Running, Part 9:
    Alegría, Part 2 (1995)

    A few months ago, as I was flipping through a few classic Cirque du Soleil programme books (as is my wont), I was happily caught off-guard by a brief history of the company that it had written about itself in Saltimbanco’s original European Tour programme, published sometime in 1996. Not because the historia was in […]

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