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  • Cirque du Soleil aids Austrian vaulting pair

    Cirque du Soleil aids Austrian vaulting pair

    Local heroes Lisa Wild and Evelyn Freund with Stefanie Millinger vaulted to individual female and pas-de-deux victory at the FEI World Cup Vaulting third qualifier at the Salzburgarena in Austria at the weekend. Defending FEI World Cup vaulting champion and former world number one Nicolas Andreani (FRA) also stormed to male individual victory at the […]

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  • Reinstatement of KA Battle a Somber Celebration

    Reinstatement of KA Battle a Somber Celebration

    It sounded like it would be a celebration. A promotion. Something to generate 30 seconds of footage for the evening news. Look forward, not back and all that. If all followed plan, the climactic battle scene of “Ka” would be back in the show permanently on Friday, after being phased in last week. But Cirque du Soleil wasn’t finished looking back. When it demonstrated the return of the “Ka” battle scene for reporters on a recent afternoon, the mood was still somber. And company officials were there to tell, not just show. It was the first time Cirque executives had spoken in detail about the accident that killed one of its performers.

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  • “Enthralling!” – Previews of Cirque’s 30th Anniversary Concert

    “Enthralling!” – Previews of Cirque’s 30th Anniversary Concert

    The final phase of Cirque du Soleil’s year-long 30th anniversary celebrations began Thursday with a preview performance of a series of spectacular concerts officially opening Saturday at St-Jean-Baptiste Church. The first 40 minutes of this 75-minute show had me completely enthralled thanks to the special effects as much as the music. It all begins like Quidam, with a waif-like young girl and her big red balloon.

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  • Cirque Launches Official KURIOS Album in San Francisco!

    Cirque Launches Official KURIOS Album in San Francisco!

    Last night marked the official album launch event for KURIOS-Cabinet of Curiosities, the soundtrack to Cirque du Soleil's latest Big Top show. This soundtrack represents a thrilling new sound for the company. In line with the show's theme of time travel, the music of KURIOS-Cabinet Of Curiosities (composed by Raphael Beau with Bob & Bill) compels you to imagine musicians from jazz's peak era performing alongside contemporary DJs. The blending of vintage and modern styles in the music (a theme that extends to all facets of the show) serves to present jazz and swing in a way that has universal appeal. The intriguing songs complement the show's mission, which is to blur the lines of fantasy and reality, immersing the viewer in a mysterious and fascinating realm that disorients the senses and challenges perceptions.

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  • Sarah Guillot-Guyard’s family ‘has been taken care of’ as Final Battle Scene returns to KÀ

    Sarah Guillot-Guyard’s family ‘has been taken care of’ as Final Battle Scene returns to KÀ

    Guillot-Guyard left behind two children, now ages 9 and 6. Soon after her death, Cirque officials began meeting with her ex-husband and father to the children, fellow “Ka” artist Mathieu Guyard. “The family was taken care of, in all respects, and you know that when everything has been said, the children will be fine for their future,” Cirque du Soleil’s Montreal-based spokeswoman Renee-Claude Menard said after a preview of the new Final Battle Scene at MGM Grand’s Ka Theater.

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  • Cirque Exec Discusses Reintroduced Battle Scene in KA

    Cirque Exec Discusses Reintroduced Battle Scene in KA

    Robin Leach discusses the re-introduced Battle Scene in KA with Jerry Nadal and Calum Pearson, senior Cirque officers in Las Vegas, who were candid and frank about the circumstances surrounding the accident and the need to bring back the act that caused the death of one of the artists.

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  • Kurios DVD To Be Filmed “Soon”

    Kurios DVD To Be Filmed “Soon”

    After a recent interview with a KURIOS artist (to be released at a later date), our friends over at The Chapiteau had the opportunity to speak to Amelie Robitaille, KURIOS’s publicist, who was kind enough to answer one of our most pressing questions: whether or not KURIOS would follow Amaluna's steps and see a DVD released in the near future?

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  • Cirque at the Meadowlands?

    Cirque at the Meadowlands?

    Cirque du Soleil will establish a permanent theater for Las Vegas-style shows at the American Dream project, according to a 67-page leasing brochure and the project’s monthly status update for November.

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  • Terri Baker: Kooza’s Artistic Director

    Terri Baker: Kooza’s Artistic Director

    Terri Baker has worked for Cirque du Soleil as the artistic director on various shows across the world since 2008. She is currently on tour with Kooza, which runs at the Royal Albert Hall next month… Q. How long have you been working on Kooza? I joined the tour in February in Munich, so I’ve […]

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  • “Backstage” 30th Anniversary Book – Regular Version

    “Backstage” 30th Anniversary Book – Regular Version

    As Cirque du Soleil celebrates its 30th anniversary, the company opens the doors to a world usually reserved for the initiated. Taking readers behind the scenes, Backstage Cirque du Soleil allows them to discover this world from a new perspective. The book is the fruit of a collaboration between Cirque du Soleil and the photographer Veronique Vial, who, through her unique lens, has examined the world behind the curtains for more than twenty years. With their touching humanity, Vial’s photographs invite the reader into an intimate universe distilled to the most essential element of the beloved performances: behind each character, there is an artist.

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  • Issue #131: DEC 2014 – Released!

    Issue #131: DEC 2014 – Released!

    The latest issue of Fascination! the Unofficial Cirque du Soleil Newsletter is here! We’ve come to the end of another year here at Fascination and while we’d normally be settling in for some time with family and friends, for Cirque du Soleil they’re still hard at work. Case in point: the announcements just keep on […]

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  • Review: Inside Cirque & Grupo Vidanta’s JOYÀ

    Review: Inside Cirque & Grupo Vidanta’s JOYÀ

    Cirque du Soleil has been astounding audiences around the world for years with their larger than life theatrical productions. Now for the first time, they have established a resident show in Latin America. It's called Joya, and Cirque has partnered with luxury resort brand Grupo Vidanta to create a one-of-a-kind, completely immersive experience in Mexico's Riviera Maya. We had the opportunity to join Cirque for the world premiere of JOYA just before Thanksgiving, and now we can give you the dish - both literally and figuratively - on this combination of entertainment, food, and culture that will leave you wanting more.

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  • VIDEO /// KÀ: Battle Reborn!

    VIDEO /// KÀ: Battle Reborn!

    Witness the strength of family as the cast and crew of KÀ work together to bring back the show's epic Battle scene.

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  • PortAventura and Cirque Sign 5 Year Partnership Deal

    PortAventura and Cirque Sign 5 Year Partnership Deal

    PortAventura Resort and Cirque du Soleil have signed a five year partnership deal to create a summer touring base Cirque du Soleil's big top in the resort. “Cirque du Soleil is very pleased to confirm a 5 year agreement with Portaventura Resort, and reinforces that Spain, its local public and Spanish fans remain central for our company’s future.” The first new Cirque du Soleil touring show will be “Amaluna” which will debut in summer 2015 to be part of PortAventura Resort’s 20th Anniversary celebrations.

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  • Cirque du Soleil’s Next Act: Rebalancing the Business

    Cirque du Soleil’s Next Act: Rebalancing the Business

    The owner and managers of Cirque du Soleil, after seeing their growth prospects wane in recent years, think they have the key to renewed success: less Cirque. For three decades, the circus giant’s business triumphs mirrored its high-flying aerial stunts, and it became a case study for business school journal articles on carving out unique markets. But following a bleak outlook report from a consultant, a spate of poorly received shows and a decline in profits, executives at Cirque say they are now restructuring and refocusing their business—shifting some of the attention away from clowns and acrobats, towards other business ventures.

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