This article is part of my Cirque du Soleil Information Primer Articles Series.
Cirque du Soleil Documentaries
Unfortunately are several of them not available anymore, because they are out of print. Documentaries are listed in chronological order.
|Quel Cirque (1991)
A look into the creation of Nouvelle Experiénce.
|Saltimbanco’s Diary (1992)
The making of the award winning Cirque du Soleil show “Saltimbanco”.
|A Baroque Odyssey (1994) – Buy the DVD
A 56 minutes long documentary about the early beginnings of Cirque du Soleil between 1984 and 1994.
|The Truth of Illusion (1994)
A 22 minutes long documentary about the production of the show Alegria which was released on VHS only.
|The Alegria DVD (2001/2003) Buy the DVD
contains in addition to the 1:30 h long show recording with multi-camera angle feature, also includes 14 short “Meet the Artists” introductions and interviews, the 44 minutes long behind the scenes documentary: A Journey to Alegria: A Special with host Jamie Durie, the 14 minutes long documentary featurette: Filming Alegria and the 5:45 minutes long special A Different Perspective. All-in-all about 1 1/2 hours of bonus material.
|Full Circle (1996)
The Making of Quidam. A 22 minutes long short behind the scene documentary about the creation of the Cirque show Quidam which was released on VHS only.
|Inside La Nouba (2000)
From Conception to Perception, a 45 minutes long “making of” documentary for the Orlando show La Nouba, playing at Disney World Resort, Florida.The DVD also contains as a Bonus feature the 24 minutes long documentary about the making of the Cirque du Soleil touring show Dralion by director Guy Charon that is called “In the Heart of Dralion”
La Nouba DVD (2003) Buy the DVD
|Varekai Anywhere (2002)
The Making of an Angel, a 45 minutes documentary about the making of the Cirque du Soleil show Varekai. The documentary is part of the Varekai show recording DVD on 2 discs.The Varekai DVD (2 discs) (2002) Buy the DVD
The 2 DVD’s set includes in addition to the documentary “Varekai Anywhere” also 16 short “Meet the Cast” interviews and introductions, 7 longer artist interviews and a 20 minutes special for the TV mini-series “Fire Within”, which follows some of the performers for the show from their arrival at the Cirque, nine months before the show, until the premier under the big-top. The entire mini-series “Fire Within” is also available on a 3 discs DVD set.
Whatever ‘Stie (2003)
|Run Before you Fly (2004) – A Portrait of Cirque du SoleilA documentary program about the Cirque which ran on Sunday, November 21, 2004 4:12pm on ABC Television.|
|KÀ Extreme (2005) – Buy the DVD
A 47 minutes long look behind the scenes of the epic Cirque du Soleil show “KA”, it’s challenges and accomplishments. KA is running at the MGM Grand hotel and casino in Vegas. Content:- KA Extreme (main documentary)
- The Creators of KA
- KA Music Excerpts
- Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas (Ads)
- Cirque du Soleil Promos (Ads)
|Through the Curtain – An In-Depth Look at Corteo (2005)
is a 45 minutes “behind the scene/making of” documentary of the Cirque du Soleil touring show Corteo, which is part of the special features on the Corteo show recording DVD.“A Day in the Life of Corteo Artisits” is a 10 minutes long featurette from the Corteo show DVD release.
“Filming Corteo” is a 7:38 minutes long featurette from the Corteo show DVD that shows how the live show was captured on film.
A shortened 24:31 min version of the documentary was released on Cirque du Soleil’s – Corteo official soundtrack double disc special edition (1 audio CD and 1 DVD)
|Cirque du Soleil – 20 Years Under the Sun (2005)
60 minutes BBC/WGBH Documentary from 2005 about the history of the Cirque, a year after its 20th anniversary. Couldn’t find a place where it can be purchased. I downloaded a copy off the Internet.
|Imagine the Beatles in Love (2006) – Buy the DVD
A 51 min long documentary that was produced by the BBC in Great Britain about the creation of the Cirque show “The Beatles – Love”, which is running at the Mirage hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
|Lovesick (2006) – Buy the DVD
A 99 minutes long documentary DVD about the artists and the creation of the Cirque show “Zumanity”, which is still performed over 10 times per week at the New York, New York hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Content:- Lovesick (main documentary)
- Lovesick in the Making
- Aural Pleasures (Slide show)
- Zumanity Preview
|FLOW (2007) – Buy the DVD
Sub titled: “A Tribute to the Artists of ‘O’” is a 80 minutes long documentary DVD about the popular Cirque du Soleil show “O”, shown at the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Content:- Flow (main documentary)
- Steps below the Surface
- Water in the Desert
- Russian Swing
- Ads for the Las Vegas shows: Mystère, KA, Love, O and Zumanity
|The Mystery of Mystère (2007) – Buy the DVD
A 80 minutes long film about the idea behind the subject of the show, featuring great intellectual and scientific minds of this century and the artists of Mystère, the oldest permanent Cirque du Soleil show and still running at the Treasure Island hotel and casino in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Content:- Mystery of Mystère (main documentary)
- Franco Dragonè meets the Scientists
- Food for Thought
- Impressions and Interrogations
- Flow DVD Ad
- Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas (Ads)
|A Thrilling Ride through KOOZA (2007) – Buy the DVD
A short 47 minutes long documentary DVD without bonus features about the creation of Cirque du Soleil’s touring show “Kooza”, which debuted in Spring 2007.Note: The entire documentary is also part of the bonus features on disk 2 of the show DVD that was released in 2008.
|KA – Backstage (2007)
A 90 minutes long behind the scenes documentary produced in 2007 for the French Language TV channel Arte in corporation with the German TV Station ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen). The documentation is not available on DVD as far as I know, but you can watch the entire program on the Internet via windows media video live-stream in 480×270 pixels resolution (only for Windows Media Player, sorry). The documentary is only available in German and French language.15 Minutes Intro to the Documentary
Language Versions: German – French
|All Together Now (2008) – Buy the DVD
A 84 minutes long documentary about the Cirque du Soleil show “The Beatles – Love”, released on DVD on October 20, 2008. Additional bonus features include the 22 minutes special “Changing The Music”, the 9 minutes special “Music In The Theatre” and the 10 minutes special “Making ‘LOVE’” – A backstage pass to explore the design of “LOVE”.
|Cirque du Soleil LOVE (2008)
An unofficial & fan-made promotional documentary by Carsten Cumbrowski (55 minutes long)watch full documentary
|Cirque du Soleil KA (2009)
An unofficial & fan-made promotional documentary by Carsten Cumbrowski about Cirque du Soleil’s show KA, performed at the MGM Grand hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada (57 minutes long)watch full documentary
|Elvis in Las Vegas (2010)
An ca 90 minutes long documentary about the Elvis Presley themed show VIVA Elvis!, performed at the Aria City Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The documentary was created by Hannes Rossacher for the German/French TV channels ZDF and Arte. It was aired in Germany on ZDF on August 21, 2010 1:00 am and in French language on Arte 6 on August 15, 2010.Visit the TV Channels Website for details
|Zed in Tokyo (2010) – Buy the DVD
A 67 minutes long film about the creeation of the show, Zed, the permanent Cirque du Soleil show running at Tokyo Disney, in Japan since 2008..Content:
– Zed (main documentary)
– The Composer
– Trailers and Ads: Zed Trailer, Then & Now, Let your Talent shine, On-Stage career opportunities, Message from ONE DROP.
|Flowers in the Desert (2010)
A ca. 1 hour long documentary by PBS recorded in high-definition, which was aired on various TV networks during the months of November and December 2010.CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: FLOWERS IN THE DESERT presents mesmerizing performances, recorded in High Definition, of Mystère, “O”, KÀ, LOVE, and their latest production, Viva ELVIS, as well as sneak peeks of Zumanity and CRISS ANGEL Believe. Behind the scenes interviews and backstage footage allow the viewers to explore the creative process behind the performances.
|Michael Jackson – Immortal Tour – The Documentary (2012)
50 min Documentary about the creation of the Immortal World Tour and Michael Jackson, the men and the artist.
The Making of the Cirque Du Soleil Show “OVO” (55 min)
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Cirque du Soleil Articles in this Series
- Main Cirque du Soleil Primer Article
- Cirque du Soleil – Historic Time-Line 1984 to Present
- The Cirque du Soleil Story – Odyssea – The dreamer’s Odyssey
- Cirque du Soleil Touring Shows (Complete List)
- Cirque du Soleil Resident Shows (Complete List)
- Cirque du Soleil Arena Shows (Complete List)
- Cirque du Soleil Special Events & Performances
- Cirque du Soleil Releases for TV and IMAX
- Cirque du Soleil Documentaries (Complete List)
- Cirque du Soleil DVD Releases (Complete List)
- Cirque du Soleil Music Releases (Complete List)
- Cirque du Soleil File Archive (Videos, Audio and Images)