With visually stunning tableaux in which music and projections meld together seamlessly,
DELIRIUM is a contemporary urban tale, a quest for balance in a world increasingly out of
sync with reality. Bill – the main character – is an ordinary man living inside a bubble,
more and more recluse in a society where even relationships are “virtual,” and where
television and computers have become ubiquitous devices that isolate us from one another.
Everything in Bill’s urban life further draws him into an imaginary, virtual world. On his
journey he meets myriad characters that bring him little by little on the cusp of growth and
change. He eventually learns to ground his energy into the real world. At the end of his voyage,
Bill contaminates the people of his planet and enlists them in his quest for balance.
DELIRIUM is a delirious sensory folly where music unites space, individual and
society in a world marked by solitude and isolation. The subtext of DELIRIUM is the
notion that, "we all live in our little boxes -- our apartments, our houses, our condos
-- we watch a little box -- TV -- and we're under the impression we're living. It says:
'Get out of your little box and become part of a gathering.'"
Injecting new life into the songs chosen among Cirque du Soleil’s most memorable musical
moments, DELIRIUM is based on a musical rather than an acrobatic structure—a first for Cirque du
Soleil. Melodies, musicians and singers are the driving force of this show that features a series
of tableaux made up of images ranging from prerecorded visuals to manipulated live feeds that
create interactions between the artists and the audience. Featuring new texts in English, French,
Spanish and Portuguese, the remixed melodies mark a significant departure from the music Cirque
du Soleil fans have come to expect. Also for the
first time, Cirque du Soleil musicians and singers will be center-stage as their music will
be the driving force of this gigantic event.
The music of DELIRIUM—“urban tribal beats” that combine percussive driven pop and electronic
music with melodious ballads and world rhythm sounds—take the audience on an incandescent journey
into the musical realm of Cirque du Soleil and the aerial world of Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon.
|Premiere: ||January 26, 2006
|Type: ||Touring (Arena Only)
|Finale: ||April 19, 2008
Director of Creation