Monday, August 10, 2009

Cirque Du Soleil From Nonna Hedges
It all started in Baie-Saint-Paul, a small town near Quebec City, in Canada. There, in the early eighties, a band of colourful characters roamed the streets, striding on stilts, juggling, dancing, breathing fire, and playing music. They were Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul (the Baie-Saint-Paul Stiltwalkers), a street theatre group founded by Gilles Ste-Croix. Already, the townsfolk were impressed and intrigued by the young performers, including one Guy Laliberté who would later found and serve as CEO of Cirque du Soleil.

I remember the Year ((1993)) and the buzz was amazing ... I was on break on a trip with college gal friends to Washington DC and as a surprise ((for my birthday))
they landed tickets to the big dome !!!
The idea was so most original so pure, so Vintage, The Music, The Costumes ...
Street Dancers and acrobats ...It was with out a doubt one of the most exciting shows I had ever seen ..
I have seen it several more time through the years ..
Including Vegas .. sigh .. Amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So when I saw the quite remarkable Period Designer Ms Hedges Had put her hand to the design of these costumes I had to run !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She has done beyond a remarkable job !!!!!!!!!!!!
Grant these beautiful costumes are not cheep but then
They are timeless and endless if pure romantic details .. and well I shall let you each decide ..
Warning ..down the road.. There shall be .... in the future Cirque Du Soleil Ball ..
How can there not .. grinssss and twirlsssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
At the beginning of the eighties, some young public entertainers create the High Heels Club. At the beginning of the eighties, some young public entertainers create the high heels Club. Most of them walk on stilts - a habit they got their name from - but there's also fire blowers, jugglers... It happens in Quebec, a region which doesn't have any circus tradition yet. These artists then decide to set up a festival in order to gather everyone of them and to be able to exchange their ideas and their talent. They finally decided to perform every show in the same big top. And in 1984, during the 450th anniversary of the arrival of Jacques Cartier in Canada, the Cirque du Soleil is born. It travels around Quebec while offering a theatralized show which mixes the arts of the circus and the street, and features original music, light effects and costumes. It's slightly different from the traditional circus, as the absence of animals in the shows for instance.

In 1986, the circus had already traveled further : it went in Ontario and Vancouver. The following year, the circus goes to California. And the good response of the public will encourage him to do a tour in the United States shortly after. The big top, which could gather 800 people, also grow bigger : in 1990, 2500 people could seat in it. The Cirque du Soleil now travels in Europe too and offers new shows: New Experience and reinvented Circus. The Cirque du Soleil proposes several different shows throughout the world. In 1992, Fascination is introduced in Japan. New Experience is such a hit in Las Vegas that the Cirque du Soleil decides to settle there the following year. Other shows are born : Mystery, Saltimbanco and, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the circus, Alegria.

The Sun Dancer WoW WoW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ahhh and Perhaps another of the most famous ... feathers of the Birds of Paradise ....
In 1996, the circus creates its ninth production : Quidam. The 1998 autumn saw the apparition of a new permanent show in Las Vegas, on an aquatic scene, O, and another one appeared in Disneyworld in Florida : La Nouba. Dralion is the last show before what Guy Laliberté calls Tome II, a new era with lots of creations not related to circus and with productions for special events, like ceremonies of sports and cultural events or the Academy Awards. The Cirque du Soleil also produces TV series.

Love its ahhh and the Tamer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There are more and more projects and new horizons but modern circus shows, that made the reputation of the Cirque du Soleil, are not forgotten, with Varekai and Corteo. In 2007, the tradition revives with Kooza. All these new findings are created in Montréal, in the Studio. In this 14.000 square meters building, there's practice rooms, a decoration workshop, a costume workshop... The purpose of the circus is to get past the traditional rules and to defy the reality limits. The goal is to show a dream that reinvents the circus world to make it brand new. This brand new circus is due to the fact that the country had no fun fair tradition at all, so the roots are different from the conventional ones, with some elements dating back to the Middle Ages.

Resident Shows
Cirque du Soleil is world-renowned for its distinct brand of theatrical entertainment. In Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil has a special partnership with MGM MIRAGE to create and present unique and innovative productions including Mystère at Treasure Island, "O" at Bellagio, ZUMANITY, the Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil at New York-New York Hotel and Casino, KÀ at MGM Grand, and LOVE at The Mirage.
La Nouba is the first show to spring from the partnership of Cirque du Soleil and Walt Disney World. It can be seen at Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando, Fl.


Rhianon Jameson said...

A Canadian export - who knew? (Canadians, no doubt.) And now one can't walk down a sidewalk without hitting a wonderfully flexible, talented acrobat. :)

Breezy Carver said...

*grins* indeed and quite done up! ((one can't forget those costumes .. as these were done from the orginal soleil )) ..
thanks for visiting Miss Rhianon !