What if everything were permissible? And if it was the king's fool who made
sense? And if the Big Top became a magical world where the elderly became young and
where the kings were clowns! And if you were king for a night! And if that's what
Alegría was, what would you make of it all?
Like a bolt out of life, Alegría (pronounced ah-le-gri-ah) thunders to life
with an unsociable need to tell its story – the need for a better world.
Spanish for “elation”, “exhilaration” and “jubilation”, Alegría is a impassioned
celebration of life in its most primitive form - the power to transform society.
In developing Alegría, Cirque du Soleil saw in the world around them a
society in flux – uncertainty – in constant upheaval. They saw a world of
contrasts – power and powerlessness, cruelty and kindness. They saw the
irony of globalization, where a constantly shrinking world left individuals
more isolated than ever before. They saw the irony of progress as though
the sum of evil and hardship in the world remained forever constant. But
through this uncertainty is the glow of the human spirit, an unconquerable
force; resolute in its strength.
Thus the stage is set where old age and youth collide, where fantasy and magic
are integral parts of everyday life, where a rallying cry-out for change takes
shape so that together we can build a better tomorrow.
* * *
Thank you. Thank you to the Makers of Rules. To the Breakers of Backs. To the
sincere Autocrats. To the false Democrats. To the Builders of Walls. To
the Painters of Lines. Thank You. Thank you again. To those who Tattoo
Numbers. To those who point fingers. To those who count their greed. To those
who split by colour. To those who smile their lies. Thank you. Thank you so
very much. Please, step into the Spotlight. Let us take your picture. To
immoralize you. To thank you. Let us engrave your faces into our album
of infamy. So that we may never forget. So that we may never accept.
|Premiere: ||April 21, 1994 (Tour 1)
May 20, 1999 (Resident)
January 10, 2001 (Tour 2)
May 27, 2009 (Arena)
|Type: ||Touring / Arena
|Finale: ||February 1, 1999 (Tour 1)
October 2, 2000 (Resident)
April 6, 2009 (Tour 2)
December 29, 2013 (Arena)
"A Conversation With..."
Keith Johnson, 2006