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  • A Concert For Cirque du Soleil’s 30th Anniversary!

    A Concert For Cirque du Soleil’s 30th Anniversary!

    Cirque du Soleil would like to invite you to its 30th Anniversary Concert, an ephemeral musical event taking place from December 13 to 28, at the heart of Saint-Jean-Baptiste church in Montreal! As part of its 30th anniversary, and for the first time in its history, Cirque du Soleil will present a truly unique, exclusive […]

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  • MJ IMMORTAL Tour Outsold Michael Jackson Tours

    MJ IMMORTAL Tour Outsold Michael Jackson Tours

    Mounted in cooperation with the Jackson family, the tour highlighted the music of Jackson in a rock concert atmosphere. Over the three years, 3,369,207 people saw the show, according to Billboard, and the show grossed $360 million making it the eighth biggest tour of all time.

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  • Sneak Peek of the Music to JOYÀ!

    Sneak Peek of the Music to JOYÀ!

    Listen to an excerpt from the JOYÀ soundtrack as music composers Bob & Bill play the song in exclusivity!

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  • Issue #128: SEP 2014 – Released!

    Issue #128: SEP 2014 – Released!

    Since we last spoke Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour held its final curtain call (on August 31st in Guadalajara, Mexico), to much fanfare. Although not a favorite of mine, the show proved highly successful for Cirque du Soleil: more than 3 million fans across 27 countries on 4 continents experienced the show, and it frequently found itself among the top earning tours in the world. Not bad, not bad! Other than the closing of IMMORTAL and the pending final shows of Dralion later in the year (or more technically mid January next year), it's been another quiet month, news wise. There have been some rumblings heard that when the Cirque Online Boutique reappears - which it should do some time in the fall - that not only will there be a KURIOS CD for purchase, but also a DVD of the show to get our hands on! The show is now in Toronto so we could see a filming there soon enough, but considering how long it takes Cirque to release a DVD these days (Amaluna took a year from filming to release), I won't hold my breath. Still, if they can make it happen I'll be one of the first to order it! (Better still, put it out on their Video on Demand system... we could use a few more new titles there!)

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  • “O” performer injured during show; “Doing well”

    “O” performer injured during show; “Doing well”

    A Cirque du Soleil acrobat, whose name has not been released, was injured during a performance of “O” at Bellagio on Wednesday, August 27th after hitting the stage while dismounting from the show's Russian Swing act. The artist reportedly missed the water and instead struck the padded concrete stage. The show stopped for 10-15 minutes, with audience members watching as technicians treated the artist on stage.

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  • Behind the KURIOS stunts: A look at the harried life of Cirque performers

    Behind the KURIOS stunts: A look at the harried life of Cirque performers

    Cirque du Soleil performers may not sleep in caravans, but pretty much everything else about that lifestyle is true. They work long hours, put their bodies on the line every day, and have to put their families on the back-burner. It can be a lonely life. But many Cirque performers like Karl Lecuyer – playing the role of Mr. Microcosmos in the production Kurios, Cabinet of Curiosities, premiering in Toronto Thursday – have made it work. The trampolinist and father of two met his wife, a contortionist, on his last tour, and has found a way to start a family without settling down.

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  • Jeff Pearlman on Bill May, Synchronized Swimmer in “O”

    Jeff Pearlman on Bill May, Synchronized Swimmer in “O”

    Jeff Pearlman has been a fan of Bill May since he was an up-and-comer at Sports Illustrated back in the late 1990s. Then, May was a young athlete who competed in synchronized swimming - a sport normally reserved for woman. And he was extraordinary. Bill was named the U.S. Synchronized Swimming Athlete of the Year in 1998 and 1999. However, he also battled for respect and admittance into events. Sometimes he won these fights (he was allowed to participate in the Goodwill Games). Often (like his efforts to compete in the 2004 Summer Olympics) he lost. However, throughout his career, he carried himself with remarkable dignity and grace. These days, Bill lives in Las Vegas, where he performs in Cirque du Soleil‘s spectacular water-based show, O.

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  • Backstage at KURIOS, which both defies logic and is utterly real

    Backstage at KURIOS, which both defies logic and is utterly real

    Throughout its first month this past spring, the director had been sitting in the audience almost every day. Today, along with a dark denim jacket emblazoned with the company’s insignia, he wears an indefatigable smile – he is inviting every single person backstage to a party at his house on the weekend.

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  • Cirque & SWA Celebrate 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ Landing in Las Vegas!

    Cirque & SWA Celebrate 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ Landing in Las Vegas!

    Cast members from The Beatles "Love" by Cirque du Soleil commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ historic Las Vegas arrival in 1964. In celebration of the band’s first and only visit, cast members from "Love" took the same route the Fab Four did 50 years ago by taking a Southwest flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas while travelers arriving from all over the globe were treated to surprise performances from the critically acclaimed show inside McCarran Airport Terminal 1 baggage claim.

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  • Cirque’s Kurios represents a bold return to early days

    Cirque’s Kurios represents a bold return to early days

    Kurios — Cabinet of Curiosities, the latest touring show from the Quebec company, opens at the Port Lands on Aug. 28. It’s a bold return to the early days of Cirque, filled with unique performers, a handmade style of design and a desire to entertain, rather than impress. But the show’s origins can clearly be traced to Sin City on a night 14 months earlier.

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  • New act, new clowns, new laughs at La Nouba

    New act, new clowns, new laughs at La Nouba

    Not all laughs are created equal. Just ask the new clowns in Cirque du Soleil's "La Nouba." "When the people smile, I feel safe. I feel comfortable," says Pablo Gomis López in Spanish. "When I see all the world laughing, I feel at home." Gomis López is half of a clown double-act that joined "La Nouba," Cirque's show at Downtown Disney, this year. Besides their jobs, the two new performers have other things in common, such as their nationality — they're Spanish — and their names.

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  • “Cirque Around the Globe – A Survey”

    “Cirque Around the Globe – A Survey”

    On July 22, 2014, I received an invitation from Cirque du Soleil to take a survey. Most of the time I ignore surveys because they rarely apply to me - I'm not your typical consumer, especially when it applies to Cirque du Soleil - however, the survey's introduction piqued my interest, so I took it. Here's what it was all about...

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  • “Pollstar 2014: Where do Cirque’s Tours Rank Now?”

    “Pollstar 2014: Where do Cirque’s Tours Rank Now?”

    For the past few weeks, Pollstar’s intrepid investigators, number crunches and numerologists have been intensely studying box office figures accrued during the first six months of 2014. After the data was processed by their new quantum-enhanced Colossus computer, a clear picture of ticket amounts, prices and box office final results emerged. (Did you smell the spewing smoke and hear the grinding gears?)

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  • Issue #127: AUG 2014 – Released!

    Issue #127: AUG 2014 – Released!

    Despite a few bits here and there, it's been a quiet month on the Cirque news front. Perhaps the biggest headline, but not necessarily the least expected news, was confirmation from Cirque du Soleil that the Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour would actually be ending its world-wide journey at the end of August, as previously rumored. The "official" statement, which was posted on Dralion's Facebook page, simply reads: "More than 3 million fans across 27 countries on fourcontinents have experienced MJ IMMORTAL. As we enter the final month of the tour and near our last performance in Guadalajara on August 31, don't miss your chance to experience this iconic show that has rightfully secured its place as one of the highest grossing music tours ever!" So, in just a few short weeks we'll be saying goodbye to another Cirque du Soleil show. But that is just the beginning... We'll also be waving goodbye to Dralion on January 18, 2015, after playing its final show in the (normally) frosty state of Alaska (from where, I've heard said, you can see Russia... if you're visiting the right house.) Of course in the mix is the debut of JOYÀ, Cirque's dinner show concept at the Riviera Maya resort area in Mexico.

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  • Cool Find: Nouvelle Experience 1992 TV Spot

    Cool Find: Nouvelle Experience 1992 TV Spot

    NouvelleBaron, a member over at CirqueSpotlight, discovered and posted this video today – a 60-second TV Spot advertising Nouvelle Experience’s 1992 US Tour (at the Mirage). Cool find! BONUS: TV Spot for Cirque du Soleil’s 1985 Tour! { SOURCE: CirqueSpotlight, YouTube | http://youtu.be/wDze5WDjbmE , http://youtu.be/_5hYq9ejmgk }

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