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 Dragonè Director of Creation: Guy Caron Music Composer: René Dupéré Set: Andre Caron Costumes/Props: Hélène Dubé 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 Dragonè Director of Creation: Guy[…]
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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. Mystère (1993-…, 25.December 1994, Las Vegas) Location: Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV Director: Franco Dragonè Director of Creation: Gilles Ste-Croix Music Composer: René Dupéré Set: Michel Crête 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 Mystère is French and means “Mystery“ Spelling of the name: Mystère (the first “e” is a Latin lower[…]
This article is part of my Cirque du Soleil Information Primer Articles series. Cirque du Soleil Arena Shows Arena shows are touring shows, but without the Big-Top. They are performed in existing venues, just like rock concerts and similar events. Last updated: July 2014 Delirium (2006-2008) Directors: Michel Lemieux, Victor Pilon Directors of Creation: Gilles Ste-Croix, Carmen Ruest Music Composer: Francis Collard (Musical Director), Ian Tremblay (Producer) Costumes/Props: Michel Robidas/Anne-Séguin Poirier Lighting: Alain Lortie Sound: Yves Savoie Trainer/Choreographer: Mia Michaels The Cirque du Soleil Music Concert and Arena Show. It is not touring anymore and was later shown on the “Big Screen”. A recording of the show is available in digital format only at this time (for example at Amazon.com). A physical DVD/Blu-ray Disc version is currently not available (unfortunately). watch 28 min Video Buy official Soundtrack – Buy Solarium/Delirium CD Buy Tapis Rouge Solarium CD – watch Instant Video on Amazon.com Delirium is more like a music concert. Most of the music in the show are remixed versions of traditional and well known tracks of previous Cirque du Soleil shows. Also the acts that are performed to these remixed songs often are similar in look and feel as the act of the original show. Delirium is a urban tale about an ordinary man (Bill) who experiences the issues of a words who is increasingly getting out of sync, believing to be just a dream. He sees reality from inside his own bubble and how it tries to find the[…]
Cirque du Soleil – Information – Present and Past – a special report written by Carsten Cumbrowski. This article contains a lot of information about the creations of Cirque du Soleil in a very compressed and compact format, a 101 article, a primer. If any of your questions about the Cirque is not answered by this primer and if the question is not too specific do not hesitate and contact me directly or via the comments section at this blog to ask me about it. The article grew so big over time that the load time started to suffer significantly. It also became much harder to find specific information quickly. So I decided to break it up into multiple (nine!) posts instead. You can use the provided links to navigate around this collection of articles about Cirque du Soleil on this web site. Note: I am keeping the post updated with new developments and show updates. Last updated: July, 2014 Bookmark this page and check back from time to time! Table of Contents Please Note: The items with an icon in front of them refer to a separate article about the subject. However, if you are just interested in short lists (list of shows, list of sound tracks etc.), then you do not have to leave this page to the detailed articles, but scroll further down to find your answers right there. Introduction Cirque du Soleil – Historic Time-Line 1984 to Present The Cirque du Soleil Story – Odyssea[…]