James Cameron fans and fans of Avatar, if you want to get a glimpse at what the legendary director is cooking up for the next series of films, look no further than Cirque du Soleil’s new stadium show Toruk. It’s inspired from Avatar and is a prequel tale of sorts, set a thousand years before the events of the film. I spent the last few days hanging out with the folks from Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk. This is the first of several stories. I caught up with one of the stars of the production Daniel Crispin.
They are at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena for a very quick hit – June 9th – 12th. Check out the official website to find out when it’s coming to your town.
Continue reading Interview: Daniel Crispin of Cirque Du Soleil Toruk!
The Wiz has been chosen as NBC’s next live musical presentation. The production will be executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron – but there’s a twist!
NBC will also team up with a new production partner – Cirque Du Soleil, whose new stage theatrical division will co-produce the live TV event on Thursday, December 3rd and then present it as a major Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season.
The Wiz will be directed by Tony-winner Kenny Leon with additional material by Harvey Fierstein.
For further details, ease on past the jump.
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Cirque Du Soleil’s hugely popular Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour is a spectacle that the late, great Michael Jackson would have been proud of. Featuring an amazing soundtrack of remixed hits, it’s like attending a full-on MJ Concert – complete with a live band, only without the Immortal One himself.
Continue reading Interview: Shondra Leigh, Cirque Du Soleil ‘Immortal World Tour’ Dancer
When people ask me to describe Cirque Du Soleil, I like to say it is, simply put, the Circus for pretentious people. It has all the same tropes –clowns, jugglers, amazing high flying feats of daring, trapeze acts, and more. What they do so well is dress up what we know and love about old-school circuses in spectacular costumes, staging, music, and theater trappings for a unique experience. One thing they have always done so well is special theme shows. In Vegas they have shows dedicated to Elvis, The Beatles, and magic. In Los Angeles they have a show dedicated to movies.
Ten years ago they only did one or two shows every couple of years. They now have over 21 ongoing shows. With seven of these in Las Vegas, it has become their de facto American home. This year they are embarking on their grandest concept ever, a tribute to Michael Jackson. The Immortal World Tour is the first time Cirque Du Soleil will play in arenas like Madison Square Garden, the Verizon Center, the Izod Center and more. It will be interesting to see if the intimate nature of a Cirque show can translate to these grand-scale environments.
Continue reading Interview: Cirque Du Soleil’s Artistic Director Tara Young on The Immortal World Tour
I love Cirque Du Soleil. When people ask me what the heck the show is all about, I simply describe it as “The Circus for Pretentious People.” I mean there’s clowns, jugglers, high rope acts, and all the trappings of a Circus, but done as only Cirque Du Soleil can do it. How else do you describe the almost indescribable or at the very least one of the most surreal experiences you are likely to have in your lifetime. The thing that makes Cirque shows so unique and different is the fact that every touring production or home production (like the Vegas shows) has its own style or theme. It’s almost like watching a Prince concert, you just never know what you are going to get.
Continue reading Michelle at Cirque Du Soleil Totem!
From the moment I saw Dralion, almost ten years ago, I’ve been a fan of the French Performance art group Cirque Du Soleil. When people ask me to describe the almost indescribable I always say it’s simply the Circus for pretentious people. We have high wire people, tumblers, jugglers, clowns, and people who can do absolutely amazing things with their bodies all dressed up with beautiful colors, costume, and gorgeous music. But it is a circus without Cotton Candy or the smell of elephants. After a very long break from performing in this area, their first DC area show in years, Ovo is an odd duck.
Continue reading Cirque Du Soleil Ovo – A Beautiful Night Under the Big Top! Michelle’s Review