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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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  • Recent Cirque du Soleil Press Releases

    Recent Cirque du Soleil Press Releases

    Recent Cirque du Soleil Press Releases: "Soleil de Minuit: A Celebration," "Cirque Sought by Television Broadcasters Worldwide," and "Zumanitiy's New Sinful Pleasures"

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  • Cusick Conciliation Agreement Legalese

    Cusick Conciliation Agreement Legalese

    It's chock full of legal-speak, but for those interested in the Cusick case and its outcome we thought you might want to see the agreement in full. Within these pages is the exact agreement between Cirque du Soleil (Respondent) and Matthew Cusick (Charging Party) in the matter with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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  • Cirque Can’t Trademark ‘Cirque’

    Cirque Can’t Trademark ‘Cirque’

    The Fascination! Newsletter was also the first on the fannish Web to bring you the news that Cirque du Soleil had lost its case to trademark the word "cirque" and to prohibit Neil Goldberg's Cirque Productions (the presenters of "Cirque Ingenieux") from using "cirque" in their name. (Whew! We broke a LOT of news this month!) We did a Google search on the judge in the case, Lloyd D. George, Federal District Judge of the District of Nevada and found that he has engendered plenty of controversy.

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  • Cirque Settles with Matthew Cusick

    Cirque Settles with Matthew Cusick

    We were one of the first on the 'net to break the news about the Cusick settlement. (Which, when we were first made aware of it, caused us to do some scurrying to get out, let me tell you!) We sent out the Lambda Legal press release as a newsflash earlier this month (reprinted below). Since then, some other details have surfaced (noted after the press release).

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  • Let the Buyer Beware – Cirque on eBay

    Let the Buyer Beware – Cirque on eBay

    Throughout the last two and a half years the "Fascination! Newsletter" has presented some of the most bizarre, eyebrow raising, yet special and interesting items that can be found hiding on the World Wide Web with that uncanny connection to our favorite circus - Cirque du Soleil. Be it Cirque inspired wine, guitar tabs for certain Cirque songs, information on taking a college engineering course featuring the designs of "O", dolls inspired by Cirque characters (the "Myumee" dolls), or modeling shots of Olga Pikhienko; the "Fascination! Newsletter" has been there, searching for it, uncovering it and letting you know about it.

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  • BJ, Live from Japan – an Online Chat

    BJ, Live from Japan – an Online Chat

    On a wonderful Sunday evening in March, BJ, the drummer on tour with Quidam, once again took a few moments out of his busy schedule to chat with Cirque du Soleil fans via the Internet. Like last time, BJ joined about 10 Cirque fans from across the globe on the IRC (Internet Relay Chat) network. He spoke with us about Japan, his current feelings about the tour, projects he's working on and various opinions about where he is in life.

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  • Disclosing Cirque

    Disclosing Cirque

    An often wondered-aloud question in Cirque fandom is, "What happens after artists and performers retire from Cirque?" Thanks to the persistence of our own Wayne Leung, we were made aware of a television feature that would address that very question. That is, until the show it was originally set to appear on was cancelled! But there may yet be hope. Here's the story, as we know it.

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  • The Continuing Saga of the Cusick Case

    The Continuing Saga of the Cusick Case

    Though we thought we had reached the conclusion when we told you last issue that Cirque had reached an agreement to re-hire gymnast Matthew Cusick (who had been terminated by Cirque for being HIV-positive), it seems there is more to say.

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  • A Peek into the Wings of the Cirque du Soleil

    A Peek into the Wings of the Cirque du Soleil

    "Dans les Coulisses du Cirque du Soleil" (In the Wings of the Cirque du Soleil) is an unauthorized biography of Cirque du Soleil by Jean Beaunoyer. Published by Québec Amérique in early 2004 to coincide with the Cirque's 20th anniversary, the book promises interviews with various characters from Cirque's history as well as an examination of the "dark patches" in that history that the company would prefer to be kept quiet.

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  • Report Roundup: Sometimes it’s Good to be Guy

    Report Roundup: Sometimes it’s Good to be Guy

    As we mentioned last issue, an "unauthorized" history of Cirque du Soleil has just been published (which Wayne reviews this issue!). A Montreal newspaper (which we translated through Babelfish) quotes Cirque spokesperson Renee-Claude Menard claiming the book is full of "inaccuracies." Enough so that the planned publication of an "authorized" telling of the Cirque story has now been "accelerated." (Though we had heard it had always been planned to be published this year, and don't understand why they now call it "accelerated".)

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  • Guy Steps Down? Changes Within Cirque du Soleil

    Guy Steps Down? Changes Within Cirque du Soleil

    What's this? Guy Laliberte is no longer the President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Cirque du Soleil, his privately held company? It would seem so... stop the presses--this is big news!

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