Cirque du Soleil TV and IMAX Releases

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Cirque du Soleil Releases for TV and IMAX

TV Schedule for Cirque shows and Documentaries on public television around the world.

Last Updated: July 2014

Journey of Man (IMAX) – Release Year: 1999-2000 – Rated: G – 39 minutes
Released by Sony Pictures Classic in 1999 for IMAX theaters
Director: Keith Melton
Producers: Peter Wagg, Andre Picard, Antoine Compin, Charis Horton
Music Composer: Benoit Jutras
Projections/Photography: Reed Smoot

Journey of Man follows the stages of human development from birth to maturity, with each stage introduced by a Cirque du Soleil act. Included acts:

  • Taiko
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Bungee
  • Cube Act
  • Statue Act (Hand to Hand)
  • Banquine

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Alegria Le Film – Release Year: 1999 (filmed in 1998), 94 minutes
An Enchanting Fable (Movie/Motion Picture)
Tag line: If you have no voice: Scream. If you have no legs: Run. If you have no hope: Invent. What if anything were possible?Director: Franco Dragone
Written by: Rudy Barichello
Producers: Rudy Barichello, Hans De Weers, St??phane Reichel, Alexandre Heylen
Executive Producers: Peter Wagg, H??l??ne Dufresne
Music Composer: Beno??t Jutras
Editing: Jean-Fran??ois Bergeron
Production Design: Michel Cr??te, Ben van Os
Costumes: Dominique Lemieux, Trixi Rittenhouse
Art Direction: Johnny Boivin
Cinematography: Pierre Mignot

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Fire Within – Release Year: 2002
Emmy Award Winning Reality TV Show and Documentary about the making of the Cirque du Soleil touring show Varekai from the perspective of several performers from start to premiere. The 3 discs DVD set includes all 13 episodes (each 23 minutes in length) of the show and several bonus features.

The artists featured in the show are:

  • Andrew & Kevin Atherton (Aerial Straps Act)
  • Ashley Beaver (Spotter)
  • Gareth Hopkins (Lizard)
  • Raquel Karro Oliveira (Aerial Triple-Trapeze)
  • Oleg Ouchakov (Acrobatique Pas de Deux)
  • Olga Pikhienko (Contortion/Hand-balancing on Canes)
  • Stella Umeh (Aerial Triple-Trapeze)

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The DVD also includes a bonus episode about the reunion of the people that were part of this reality TV-show/documentary and interviews with the cast members about their experiences with the show and its impact on their life during the shoot and after its release and broad cast. Also includes is an interview with the creator and director of Fire With, Lewis Cohen

Solstrom Release Year: 2003
TV Series with 13 episodes, 45 minutes each)Writers and Screenplay: Edmond Bensimon, Pascal Elb??
Producers: Martin Bolduc, Yolande Riccioli
Colin Gee playing Alberto (clown in Cirque du Soleil show recordings on DVD of Varekai and Quidam).

Solstrom features over 250 artists in over 130 different acts from Cirque du Soleil’s own touring and resident shows as well as acts that are not or in some cases were not part of a Cirque du Soleil production yet. Some of the featured acts made it into shows of Cirque that were created after the show was produced. It also provides the opportunity to see acts from many Las Vegas productions where there is no DVD release of the show available yet, such as Myst??re and “O”. Not from shows like KA, Love, Zumanity or Believe, because those were created at a later time.

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Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away Release Year: 2013

Movie Production for Imax 3D and regular movie theaters. The content are primarily acts from the main Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas shows: “O”, KA, Myst??re, Viva Elvis and The Beatles “LOVE”, knitted together by some extra footage to make somewhat a story out of the whole thing.

Story Summary
A young woman is entranced by an Aerialist. When they fall into the dreamlike world of Cirque du Soleil and are separated, they travel through the different tent worlds trying to find each other.

Some Credits:
Directors: Andrew Adamson
Writer: Andrew Adamson
Actors: Erica Linz, Dallas Barnett
Music: Benoit Jutras
Cinematography: Brett Turnbull
Art Direction: Guy Barnes

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Published on: April 15, 2009

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