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  • EXCLUSIVE! Preview of the Delirium CD

    EXCLUSIVE! Preview of the Delirium CD

    Cirque fans have been waiting months for the other dancin' shoe to drop. We've heard of a 2-CD/DVD set originally scheduled for last fall called "20 Years Under The Sun." And we've heard it would contain the previously released chill remix-oriented "Tapis Rouge: Solarium" CD (originally a VIP tent gift, then re-released in the US with a new cover on November 23, 2004), as well as "Delirium," a disk of dance remixes of Cirque du Soleil music. We were also wondering what the mentioned DVD content might be. When it didn't make its original Fall 2004 release date, we wondered if the "Delirium" part of the deal might have fallen through. And when "Le Best Of" made its appearance in October, we were concerned the project was abandoned.

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  • Living it Up: A La Nouba DVD Review (Part 2 of 2)

    Living it Up: A La Nouba DVD Review (Part 2 of 2)

    When I sat down to review the La Nouba DVD, I did so with a bit of apprehension. Of all the Cirque du Soleil shows I've seen live (and I've seen them all except KÀ), La Nouba is the one I've seen the most. At last count I've seen La Nouba live 10 times; it was also my first live Cirque du Soleil experience. I fondly remember my first viewing in the spring of 1999. Thus La Nouba is the show I am most familiar with -- its acts, its theme and its music -- thanks to the looming presence of its permanent Grand Chapiteau. So when it came time to watch the DVD of the production and review it for our faithful readers I wasn't very excited. I didn't know then how wrong I would be.

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  • What’s Up at CirqueClub – March 2005

    What’s Up at CirqueClub – March 2005

    The seven finalists for the Cirque du Soleil And Me contest have appeared! These are the winners of the seven previous weeks, with one Grand Prize Winner destined to win the Cirque du Soleil experience of their dreams – so cast your vote until March 20! There is also an article about the tent raising […]

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  • Who Has What it Takes? (Part 2 of 4)

    Who Has What it Takes? (Part 2 of 4)

    In Part 1 of our series (last month) we discussed the background of the audition process, talking with Richard Dagenais - Head of Auditions and Logistics, Casting (our host), and Anne-Marie Duchène - Artistic Scout. Here we resume our exclusive look at a Cirque du Soleil audition as the second, crucial day for the dancer candidates truly begins.

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  • Luc LaFortune Honored

    Luc LaFortune Honored

    Luc LaFortune, the lighting designer for all of Cirque du Soleil’s current productions was recently honored with the USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology) Distinguished Achievement Award in Lighting Design. The honor will be bestowed during the USITT 2005 Conference & Stage Expo in Toronto, Canada, which runs from Wednesday, March 16th to Saturday, […]

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  • Solstrom Finally On Its Way?

    Solstrom Finally On Its Way?

    No, we don’t mean out of view and into the distance, we mean onto DVD store shelves. It looks like the complete 13-episode, 5-disk set will be release in the US by Columbia/Tri-Star Home Video on April 26th, retailing for $50.00. Though it is being mastered in the higher-quality “Superbit” encoding process, there will be […]

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  • What’s up at CirqueClub – February 2005

    What’s up at CirqueClub – February 2005

    The “Cirque du Soleil And Me” contest entries have been coming in droves, so we hear. 10 selected stories are appearing each Monday (as we outlined last issue). Some stories are touching, some are funny slices of life, and some are so full of superlative adjectives we roll our eyes. The webpage layout puts each […]

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  • Where is Delirium Anyway?

    Where is Delirium Anyway?

    Though originally scheduled for last fall, the companion disk to “Tapis Rouge: Solarium” hasn’t seen fit to appear on Cirque’s release list. But several of the tracks have been put out on vinyl 12″ in the UK, with pretty custom sleeves. We finally have an updated listing to give you. We suspect that most of […]

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  • Early Reviews of ‘The Bar at the End of the Earth’

    Early Reviews of ‘The Bar at the End of the Earth’

    When Cirque du Soleil first announced its collaboration with Celebrity cruises, Cirque fans weren't surprised. CEO Guy Laliberte had often talked about expanding the Cirque "ethos" and style to other forms of entertainment. Cirque hotels and restaurants were early ideas, and the corporate-oriented "Tapis Rouge VIP Experience" tent has become a profitable mainstay of the touring shows. So it was really no stretch when Cirque announced that it would install "themed experiences" in two of Celebrity's Millennium-class cruise ships, Constellation and Summit.

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  • Is Cirque in a Blue Ocean?

    Is Cirque in a Blue Ocean?

    It’s common knowledge among fans that Cirque du Soleil is an innovator. Now that opinion is again being acknowledged in the business press world. In a newly released book, “Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant” (Harvard Business School Press), authors W. Chan Kim and Reneé Mauborgne, professors […]

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  • Who Has What It Takes? (Part 1 of 4)

    Who Has What It Takes? (Part 1 of 4)

    The Audition. Job interview of the entertainment arts. Where years of training, sweating and pain come together in a burst of creative energy. And all too often for an artist their hopes are dashed immediately, in front of a large group of people including the "winners." Yet they subject themselves to the process again and again, sometimes with success, more often with failure.

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  • Zumanity CD Now Available

    Zumanity CD Now Available

    Love it or hate it, a CD of the music “inspired by” Zumanity is now available in the Cirque online boutique. “Drawing on an eclectic mix of rock, classical, urban, tango and world music influences,” the listing boasts, “ZUMANITY tantalizes and delights with lush, sensual rhythms, seductive melodies and provocative lyrics. Its 18 tracks take […]

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  • Living it Up: A La Nouba DVD Review (Part 1 of 2)

    Living it Up: A La Nouba DVD Review (Part 1 of 2)

    When I sat down to review the La Nouba DVD, I did so with a bit of apprehension. Of all the Cirque du Soleil shows I've seen live (and I've seen them all except KA), La Nouba is the one I've seen the most. At last count I've seen La Nouba live 10 times; a modest number by some standards, but enormous by others. It all can be attributed to practically living next door to the Cirque du Soleil Theater at the Downtown Disney West Side complex in Orlando, Florida. In contrast, I dare not think how many times I'd have seen Mystère, O, or Zumanity by now if I were living in Las Vegas, though that thought has crossed my mind.

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  • New Version of Ballare

    New Version of Ballare

    There’s a new version of Violaine Corradi’s Dralion song, “Ballare,” out, and it includes new lyrics! The new recording, in two versions, comes from Persian (Iranian) singer Idin on his album, “The Voice” (Avang 574, available through eworldrecords.com, song samples can be heard at idinmusic.com). Idin’s version amps up the tempo and plasters a house […]

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  • New Kid on the Block: KÀ (Part 1 of 3)

    New Kid on the Block: KÀ (Part 1 of 3)

    After staging preview performances since November 26, 2004, Cirque du Soleil officially premiered its fourth resident show in a casino resort on the Las Vegas Strip on February 3, 2005. Joining the ranks of Mystère at T.I., "O" at Bellagio and Zumanity at the New York, New York, Cirque du Soleil's newest creation, entitled KÀ, is housed at the MGM Grand. KÀ is Cirque du Soleil's biggest and most ambitious production to date, both in terms of physical size and budget.

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