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  • Stepping Into the Light

    Stepping Into the Light

    After reading Keith's account of being picked from the audience at La Nouba to participate in the bike jump stunt (in last month's issue of Fascination!) I felt compelled to write about a couple of my own experiences "up close and personal" with Cirque du Soleil.

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  • What’s up at CirqueClub – September 2004

    What’s up at CirqueClub – September 2004

    Things have been busy over at Cirque’s Internet division. The “Ka” website has opened up (accessible off the main Cirque Club page) with photos, videos, even musical samples! Cirque claims it to be “highly interactive” so one should look through it with a keen eye. Some have complained that the site is slow to load […]

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  • More on the “Cirque Meets Beatles” Show

    More on the “Cirque Meets Beatles” Show

    Thanks to Timothy McDarrah, intrepid reporter for the Las Vegas Sun (and with the translating skills of fellow reporter Molly Ball), we have more to report on plans for the Beatles-inspired Cirque-produced show that will go into the Siegfried & Roy theater at The Mirage. Among other interesting tidbits, the article reveals that Dominic Champagne […]

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  • News on the Book Front

    News on the Book Front

    While we’re patiently waiting for the November release of the English translation of the “20 Years Under The Sun” book, the French-language version has already hit the stands. And in a sad note, we’ve been told by the publisher that an English-language translation of Jean Beaunoyer’s tell-all “Dans les coulisses du Cirque du Soleil” (Quebec […]

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  • The Bike Jump Story

    The Bike Jump Story

    Ever since the start of this humble fanzine we call Fascination!, there's a story I've been meaning to commit to paper. Now, for our third anniversary, here it is! -Keith J.

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  • A Fan, An Invitation, A Party — LA NOUBA! (Part Deux)

    A Fan, An Invitation, A Party — LA NOUBA! (Part Deux)

    One after another the audience members jumped from their seats, hands clasping together in appreciation of yet another mind-boggling performance of Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba at the Cirque Theater in Downtown Disney West Side.

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  • What is Tohu?

    What is Tohu?

    As a former Olympic host city, Montreal had the privilege of being the sole Canadian city included the Olympic Torch Relay this year. On June 20th, 2004 the Olympic torch made a stop in Montreal en-route to Athens. A team of 120 selected torch-bearers, comprised of former Canadian Olympians, public personalities, and private citizens relayed the torch on its journey through the city, beginning at the 1976 Olympic Stadium, winding through 11 boroughs and arriving at Tohu where festivities would culminate in a party. While the other stops along the Montreal leg of the Olympic Torch relay are well known, the destination, Tohu, is fairly new and relatively unknown. Which begs the question; What is Tohu? No, it's not the curded soy-bean extract staple of vegetarian diets!

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  • Cavalia Hoofs It

    Cavalia Hoofs It

    As you might remember, Fascination! covered the rise and untimely fall of "Cheval Theatre," Gilles Ste-Croix's attempt to mix horsemanship with Cirque-quality showmanship. Rising from the ashes, and with some of the equipment, of that failed partly-Cirque-financed production comes a new show (produced by another Cirque veteran) that attempts the same thing, Cavalia - "A Magical Encounter Between Man and Horse" (www.cavalia.net). It recently passed through Seattle, and my lovely wife and I had a chance to check it out.

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  • A Fan, An Invitation, A Party — LA NOUBA! (Part Une)

    A Fan, An Invitation, A Party — LA NOUBA! (Part Une)

    On June 2, 2004, Cirque du Soleil together with the Walt Disney Company celebrated La Nouba's 5th Anniversary, and yours truly was invited along to join in the fun. Imagine my surprise when I returned home from CirqueCon 2004 in Vancouver to find the invitation from Publicist and PR representative with La Nouba here in Orlando, waiting patiently in my email's inbox.

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  • The Hollywood Reporter Spotlights Cirque

    The Hollywood Reporter Spotlights Cirque

    Cirque has been popping up in some interesting places lately. One of them is a special 30-page section in the Hollywood Reporter's "International Edition" of June 15-21. The issue sports a full-color cover portrait of Skywatcher, Guide, Olga, and Anton posing in front of the Varekai Tent. The back cover is a mosaic of 49 character faces from all Cirque shows.

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  • CirqueCon 2004: We’re Off and Running!

    CirqueCon 2004: We’re Off and Running!

    It's Saturday, May 22, 2004, and it's breakfast time down at Douglas House, a beautiful old Victorian-style Bed and Breakfast on Cambie Street near the heart of Downtown Vancouver, BC. We're just on the other side of the Cambie Bridge and the old Expo center on West 13th Avenue. I currently occupy room number two, a small yet cozy single room with a Queen sized bed, my own sink, a television and a couple of chairs on the second floor of the house. It's raining a bit now, but that doesn't seem to dampen the spirits around here. Chatter fills the air as many of our group has awakened to the sounds and smells of mealtime.

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  • Cirque du Soleil’s Birthday Bash: Midnight Sun

    Cirque du Soleil’s Birthday Bash: Midnight Sun

    Twenty years ago Cirque du Soleil was founded by a group of artists who performed on the streets. Appropriately, for the celebration of the company's 20th anniversary the performers returned to the streets from whence they came. Coincidentally, another of Montreal's great cultural institutions, Le Festival Internationale de Jazz de Montréal, also celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. As a special thank-you gift to the members of the public who established these two organizations as cultural icons, the Jazz Fest and Cirque du Soleil joined forces to produce a commemorative concert to close this year's edition of the festival.

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  • CirqueCon 2004: Before the Adventure Began

    CirqueCon 2004: Before the Adventure Began

    Part of the magic of Cirque du Soleil is how the artists make it look so easy. The audience sees only the final product - the act - not the years of practice leading up to it. But it's those years of practice that make the act work. It takes not only the artist, but coaches, teachers, parents, judges, physiotherapists - an entire team. And so it is with group excursions, like CirqueCon Vancouver 2004. It took more than one person to make it happen.

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  • Behind the Mask

    Behind the Mask

    You might remember two issues back when we told you about the mask Cirque makeup artist Nathalie Gagne painted for sale at an Internet fundraising auction for The Hospice of Metro Denver. And the high bid? The mask ended up selling for more than $1,000.00 USD, easily in the "Top 5" of all the masks offered, according to the folks we spoke with. But what surprised us most was the man who purchased it and his plans for the mask, as he revealed in a talk with us.

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  • La Nouba Under the Lens

    La Nouba Under the Lens

    With Cirque du Soleil's rapid expansion into the world of audio/visual media, its partnership with Bravo and the ambitious marketing of its media division to overseas outlets, it seems that the supply of Cirque television programming cannot keep up with demand. Every one of Cirque's current touring productions has been filmed for television and now, for the first time ever, one of its resident shows goes under the lens. The decision to film La Nouba, the resident show at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is a bit of a surprise.

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