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  • Cirque du Soleil at the 1st World Outgames?

    Cirque du Soleil at the 1st World Outgames?

    Cirque to perform the opening and closing ceremonies. Details within: * * * MONTREAL, March 7 /CNW Telbec/ – To mark International Women’s Day, the Organising Committee of the 1st World Outgames Montréal 2006 launched today the Outgames “Circle of Women”. The goal of the Circle is to promote greater participation by women by encouraging […]

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  • Delirium Facts

    Delirium Facts

    THE CIRQUE DU SOLEIL FILE o The Website posted a few facts about Delirium that we wish to share: o “Delirium” employs a cast of 45 — 11 musicians, 18 dancers, six singers, eight acrobats and two actors. In addition, 100 people travel with the show, including 75 technicians and 25 management and artistic […]

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  • Update on Varakai Australia Dates

    Update on Varakai Australia Dates

    According to a poster on Cirque Club, here are the starting dates for Varekai’s 2006-2007 Australian tour. Note these aren’t official… Sydney – 10 August 2006 Brisbane – 9 November 2006 Auckland – 5 January 2007 Canberra – 15 March 2007 Melbourne – 19 April 2007 Adelaide – 5 July 2007 Perth – 17 August […]

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  • Cirque Rejected

    Cirque Rejected

    Two recent news items have brought to light details surrounding Cirque’s plans to place a permanent venue in New York City and in Miami, Florida. Earlier in the week the New York City venue was shot down: no special consideration or taxpayer money to bring Cirque to the city. Today, Miami does the same. You […]

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  • Cirque du Soleil Launches Fashion Line

    Cirque du Soleil Launches Fashion Line

    Cirque Du Soleil known for its creative extravaganzas, wants to build a fashion and beauty brand. From Fashion Monitor Toronto Cirque Du Soleil, the $500 million Montreal-based entertainment empire known for its creative extravaganzas, wants to build a fashion and beauty brand. Cirque Du Soleil plans to launch women’s ready-to-wear line this summer, which will […]

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  • Varekai in Sydney: August 2006

    Varekai in Sydney: August 2006

    Thanks to Simon Bian for alerting us to the news that Optus, Cirque du Soleil’s sponsor in Australia, has announced the starting date of Varekai in Sydney! August 10, 2006 And if you’re an Optus customer, you have a chance to win one of five double premiere tickets to the Australion Premiere. The prize includes […]

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  • Cruise Lines Play “Me Too!”

    Cruise Lines Play “Me Too!”

    As we’ve mentioned, Celebrity Cruises and Cirque have removed the roaming characters that populated “The Bar at the Edge of the Earth” on two of Celebrity’s ships, replacing them with “A Taste of Cirque du Soleil,” featuring three acrobatic acts in a 40-minute theater show presented once per cruise. Now another cruise line has joined […]

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  • About Varekai (in Miami)

    About Varekai (in Miami)

    On January 20, 2006, the Miami Herald listed a few “facts” about Varekai. We thought we’d share them: ( entertainment/weekend/13659943.htm)       • Cirque du Soleil began with 20 street performers in 1984 and now          has nearly 3,000 employees from more than 40 countries.       • The crew travels with 200,000 pounds of equipment in […]

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  • Corteo: The DVD!

    Corteo: The DVD!

    Culver City, CA (January 30, 2006) – A uniquely imaginative and thrilling blend of music, dance, art, theater, circus and acrobatics comes to DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment with the release of Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo on April 11, 2006. The DVD will coincide with the opening of “Corteo” in New York City, scheduled […]

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  • Update on Dupere/Velle concerts

    Update on Dupere/Velle concerts

    After we posted Part Two of our interview with Mr. Dupere, we got more info on the two concert appearances featuring his music with wife Elise Velle singing. If you’re in Quebec or nearby, take note! Here’s the last section of the feature, revised with additional info. CONCERT ALERT! Dupéré and Velle in concert: During […]

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  • What’s Up at CirqueClub — Feb.6.2006

    What’s Up at CirqueClub — Feb.6.2006

    Since we last looked Cirque Club has posted a background on boleadoras and early Cirque performer Betty La Commare. The rest of their output has focused on Corteo: a news feature, two desktop wallpapers and two virtual cards, and on the “Goodies” page two interesting video clips from the show, showing tent set up and […]

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  • From Corteo to the Olympics

    From Corteo to the Olympics

    Corteo director Daniele Finzi Pasca has been chosen to create the Closing Ceremonies of the Torino XX Winter Olympics. Several of his creation team from Corteo will also work with him on this new assignment. The press release suggests a ceremony where, “fireflies will be transformed into stars, men will become kites and heroes will […]

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  • Corteo Searches for “The Look”

    Corteo Searches for “The Look”

    Finding graphic images that best convey what a show is about can be difficult. How can you convey a shows “spirit” with one picture on a 24” x 36” piece of paper? The “Fire Within” series showed the struggle with Varekai and how they came to select the “stick man” on yellow image in use […]

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  • Cirque’s Newest Civics Lesson

    Cirque’s Newest Civics Lesson

    We’ve previously detailed a proposal for a Cirque-created show to be housed in a revamped Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami’s South Beach. (A new Performing Arts Theater is opening, taking all the clients the Gleason used to handle. How to fill the space? Maybe a Cirque show!) But politics might be getting in the way. […]

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  • A Conversation with René Dupéré

    A Conversation with René Dupéré

    Before Cirque du Soleil, the world of circus music was populated by brass bands and marshal music arrangements. Certainly there were occasional forays into the unusual, but it was Cirque that pioneered the concept of bringing more modern, more "world-music" sounds into a circus context. Winning accolades and influencing countless others, it is the music of Cirque du Soleil that, through the ears, prepares the mind for the wonders about to unfold before the eyes. This is a tribute not only to René Dupéré, Benoit Jutras, Violaine Corradi, and other Cirque composers, but also to Cirque's ability to mesh all the elements of circus and stagecraft into a magical whole.

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