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  • Wind of Mediocrity: Solstrom, Part 3

    Wind of Mediocrity: Solstrom, Part 3

    As I continue to watch the new episodes of Cirque du Soleil's variety series, Solstrom, I so desperately want to say that I love them, that I find them spectacular and that they are as well crafted as Cirque's live shows. Unfortunately, when I sit down to write these reviews I feel like American Idol judge Simon Cowell. Now I'm not the type to criticize simply for the sake of criticism; when Cirque shows me a spectacular, well-crafted piece of art I can easily overlook any minor flaws in the execution or staging and enjoy the final product.

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  • Cirque at the Masters: A Q&A Review

    Cirque at the Masters: A Q&A Review

    10:45pm It was well into the evening by the time I had returned home from work, and little did I know that something special was waiting for me within my email inbox. It was a Wednesday evening in late October as I recall, and I wasn't too anxious to check my email that night. I'm not sure why, but it had been a tiring day on the job and all I really wanted to do was relax for a bit without the fuss of answering incoming mail or navigating a bunch of spam messages. But I checked it anyway. And there it was; the reply I had been waiting for...

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  • Weathering the ‘Strom: Solstrom, Part 2″

    Weathering the ‘Strom: Solstrom, Part 2″

    As Cirque du Soleil fans watched the second and third episodes of the company's new variety series we've had the opportunity to see Solstrom take shape. Although certainly not the most creative of Cirque's enterprises, the series nonetheless presents interesting circus acts that we may not otherwise have the opportunity to see. However, if there's one thing the series is consistently lacking it is presentation. The overall artistry is nowhere near as strong as it is in Cirque's live shows.

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  • The Cusick Case — Cirque’s Rebuttal

    The Cusick Case — Cirque’s Rebuttal

    While there has been no judgement announced in either the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission complaint filed by Lambda Legal, or the San Francisco Human Rights Commission complaint regarding the firing of HIV-positive gymnast Matthew Cusick (decisions on both cases should be coming this month), we were able to get results on some of our research.

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  • An Evening’s Chat with BJ – Quidam’s Percussionist

    An Evening’s Chat with BJ – Quidam’s Percussionist

    It was a daunting challenge involving weeks of planning and several authorizations but we finally achieved our end result... a chat with a Cirque du Soleil musician! How would it be done? Which communication program would we use? How would I keep control over the chat? These and many more questions arose as those weeks began melting away. But, on August 17, 2003 at 8:00pm Eastern Daylight Time, the chat began and all the troubles of bringing it together were quickly forgotten. With a "Good Morning from Japan," our guest, BJ, a percussionist with the Quidam tour currently in Japan, joined us for about 2 and a half hours that Sunday night and spoke about who he is, what he's doing, and where he may be headed next, not to mention that he enjoys Sushi, Sake, Pocky and a good Irish Pub!

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  • John-Paul Gasparrelli – The new Musical Director for “O”!

    John-Paul Gasparrelli – The new Musical Director for “O”!

    Just as we were putting this issue "to bed" we were surprised by an "introductory" message from the newly-hired Musical Director/Conductor/Keyboardist for "O", John-Paul Gasparrelli, which appeared on the Cirque Mailing List. Of course we couldn't let such an opportunity pass! We're quite pleased to bring you our first interview - an introductory chat with John-Paul! He'll be starting his Cirque career in late October, so here we discuss a little of his life pre-Cirque and how he got the job.

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