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The Cirque du Soleil Story – Odyssea – The dreamer’s Odyssey

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Published on: May 13, 2009
Source: Cirque du Soleil This article is part of my Cirque du Soleil Information Primer article series. See the main article here. Odyssea – The dreamer’s odyssey The History of Cirque du Soleil in their own words. The Cirque du Soleil story is about a group of young people who wanted nothing more than the freedom to dream a dream. Beginning with a street kid from Montreal called Guy Lalibert??, it’s the tale of individuals who have come forward at special moments in time to move that dream forward, and share it with the world. 1979 – 1980: The inspiration In the late 1970s, Guy Lalibert?? attends a concert by Zachary Richard, a musician from New Orleans. The show inspires him to organize a school trip to the city, which proves to be a big success. It’s the first time he experiences bringing a group of people together for travel and entertainment, and it sets the teenager on his life path. Chance encounters occur that will galvanize the still unformulated dreams of the people who are to found Cirque du Soleil. It is a time of creative ferment and great energy in Quebec that is gathering momentum. 1980 – 1981: Artists gather in Baie-Saint-Paul Guy Lalibert??, barely 20, burns with a desire to entertain and travel. He leaves Montreal for the artist colony of Baie Saint-Paul where he comes together with a group of young street performers who have pooled their talent and dreams and founded ???Les ??chassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul???[…]
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About Cirque du Soleil, the Guinness Book of World Records & a lot of Stilts

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Published on: May 10, 2009

Well, the post title is actually very descriptive. This post is about Cirque du Soleil. Adding stilts to the mix should also not be surprising, considering that Cirque du Soleil was founded back in 1984 by a troupe of Stilts??Walkers, dubbed the ???High Heels Club???. You can now guess What Cirque du Soleil and stilts have to do with the Guinness Book of World Records. Na??? C???mon!?????? Okay, I don???t want anybody to die stupid, without knowing the following facts hehe. Background Information On June 16, 2004 Cirque du Soleil set a new record for the Guinness Book of World Records when they gathered 544 employees in the Montreal Headquarters and had them stilts walking at the same place, at the same time. 544 folks on stilts is a lot, however, the record only lasted about 2 years, until 2006, when this record was being taken away from Cirque by a group of Japanese folks, who in turn lost their record also in 2008 to 625 youth from Ontario. So 625 stilts walkers is now the official record and Cirque thought that things are somehow not right.?? 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of Cirque du Soleil and they thought that they will be damned, if they will not be able to reclaim the record for them (for pride, honor and as a birthday gift for themselves). The Upcoming New World Record Attempt On June 16, 2009, five years after the original record was set, Cirque du Soleil is going to[…]

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New Cirque du Soleil Show Ovo

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Published on: April 16, 2009

The name for the new Cirque du Soleil touring show that will premiere on April 23, 2009 in Montreal, Canada was unveiled. The name is: ???OVO???. The theme of the show are insects. Yes, you read this right, insects. This also explains the name choice, because here is what Cirque du Soleil themselves stated about it: The name OVO means “egg” in Portuguese. This timeless symbol of the life cycle and birth of numerous insects represents the underlying thread of the show. Graphically, OVO hides an insect in its name: The two letter “Os” represent the eyes while the letter “V” forms the nose. The Cirque???s web site was also updated (it used to show simply ???Cirque 2009???, which was the working title of the show). There are not much video images of the show available. The official trailer for the show is a just 16 seconds in length with less than half of that being images from the show itself. Backup Link to Video on YouTube.com Download this video in AVI format from my Mediafire.com account. There are a few more photographs though, which I made available on my Flickr.com account. I created a new set for the ???Ovo??? show under my existing Cirque du Soleil photo collection. This is Cirque???s 25th show production in 25 years. Yes, 2009 also marks the 25th anniversary of the Cirque. Congratulations. They were busy over the past few years. More than half of their 25 shows were created within the past 10[…]

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Cirque du Soleil Resident Shows (Complete List)

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Published on: April 15, 2009
This article is part of my Cirque du Soleil Information Primer Articles Series. Resident Shows of Cirque du Soleil Resident shows are in contradiction to the Cirque du Soleil touring show, performed at one specific location/venue throughout it’s run. A resident show does not come to visit people around the world, you have to pay it a visit yourself and travel to the location of the resident show, if you want to see it live. The venue is usually specially constructed and build from scratch for the Cirque du Soleil show and only that show is performed at that venue location.   This allows Cirque to do things that are impossible with a touring show on the road that need to be packed up and moved to another city every couple months. Good examples of resident shows that take special advantage of their fix location are “O” with the big swimming pool as the stage and “KA” with the stage that is vertical and capable of rotating 360 degrees. Last Updated in July 2014. Myst??re (1993-…, 25.December 1994, Las Vegas) Location: Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV Director: Franco Dragon?? Director of Creation: Gilles Ste-Croix Music Composer: Ren?? Dup??r?? Set: Michel Cr??te Costumes/Props: Dominique Lemieux Lighting: Luc LaFortune Sound: Jonathan Deans Trainer/Choreographer: Debra Brown watch 20+ min teaser video Buy official Soundtrack – Buy Live Album Get Show Tickets Myst??re is French and means “Mystery“ Spelling of the name: Myst??re (the first ???e??? is a Latin lower[…]
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Cirque du Soleil Touring Shows (Complete List)

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Published on: April 15, 2009
This post is part of my Cirque du Soleil Information Primer Article Series Cirque du Soleil Touring Shows Touring shows are the traditional Circus style like shows that are performed within a big circus tent (called the “Big Top“), which gets wrapped up every few months to be rebuild and made ready in another City somewhere around the world to stay there for a few weeks , perform the show and then move on to the next city. Last Updated: July, 2014.   The first Cirque du Soleil show on tour in 19984 was limited to within Canada and the United States only. It was not until “Saltimbanco” that Cirque shows would be touring internationally and virtually to every continent on this planet (excluding Antarctica for now 😛 ) LeGrand Tour du Cirque du Soleil (1984-85, 16.June 1984, Gaspe, 14.May 1985, Montreal) Director: Franco Dragon?? Director of Creation: Guy Caron Music Composer: Ren?? Dup??r?? Set: Andre Caron Costumes/Props: H??l??ne Dub?? Lighting: Jean Leduc Trainer/Choreographer: Zygmunt Biegaj This show was more like classic circus. I am not aware of any recordings of it. Created to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Jacques Cartier’s (1491-1557) arrival in Gaspe/Canada, it was so well received by audiences that Cirque decided to go on tour with the program within Canada afterwards. The second tour of the show in 1985 is also sometimes referred to as “Le Cirque du Soleil”. La Magie Continue/The Magic Continues (1986, 20.April 1986/18.May 1986, Sherebrook) Director: Franco Dragon?? Director of Creation: Guy[…]
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