Following a nearly 17-month intermission, Cirque du Soleil is back in Malta for a
second year, thrilled to present a new creation to local fans and guests. The event,
which features the same signature style acrobatics and visual artistry that fans
worldwide have come to expect and appreciate, is tailored for Malta, celebrating the
country's singular cultural diversity and history.
FIERI is an uplifting journey inspired by the cultural
roots of Malta. A rallying tale of resilience from the heart of the Mediterranean,
the show is a modern take on the unifying spirit of the Maltese archipelago. Featuring
the same signature style acrobatics and visual artistry that Cirque du Soleil fans
worldwide have come to expect and appreciate, the show weaves a shining, contemporary
mosaic inspired by the jewel of the sea.
|Dates: ||Nov 25 - Dec 19, 2021
|Type: ||Special Event
|Location: ||Valletta, Malta
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When Jiffy, a young festival goer and an orphan of British descent, steps inside
a theater along with the other patrons, she awakens a group of modern-looking ghosts
who live within its walls. They immediately recognize her as kin and beckon her to
come on stage, whisking her away through Malta's cultural past and gradually
revealing her true identity. The sense of belonging that slowly fills her heart
feels like a long-awaited homecoming. Through Jiffy's myriad encounters that form
the continuum of her family lineage and mirror the multicultural makeup of the
archipelago, she ultimately realizes that she too is a descendant of Malta who has
returned to her roots at last.
- VISUAL SPLENDORS — The visual world of the show is a modern take
on the fashion and architecture of Malta. The set evokes a mysterious, funky fashion
museum that comes alive to embrace the many textures of past eras while celebrating
the festive future of the archipelago. The fusion of past and future captures the
unifying, forward-looking vibe of Malta that has shaped the Maltese cultural
identity. Malta tells the story of the Mediterranean in grand castles, palazzos and
forts that have welcomed the film crews of several blockbuster movies including Game
of Thrones. The set of FIERI makes countless visual references to the architecture of
the Maltese capital Valetta and its magnificent church St.John's Co-Cathedral, including
the church's breathtaking tiled floor.
- MOSAIC METAPHOR — The eight tableaux, one for each of the
eight spikes on the Maltese cross, represent milestones in the archipelago's history
as well as the outside cultures that have left their mark on the republic. FIERI is
an ode to the resilience, generosity and sovereignty of Malta and its people. Inhabited
since around 5900 B.C., the country has been ruled over the centuries by numerous powers
including the Romans, the Arabs, the Knights of St. John, the French and the British.
The identity of Malta reflects the various cultures that have left their mark on the
Maltese islands until the republic's independence in 1964.
- THE VENUE — This 16th century building, now the Mediterranean
Conference Center, has long been one of Valletta's most remarkable landmarks. The
sheer size and scale of the building coupled with its conversion into a modern
conference center in 1979 makes the MCC such an impressive architectural feat today.
The restoration has garnered international acclaim and was acclaimed and was awarded
the coveted 'Europa Nostra' Award for its successful blending of historic architecture
with modern technology - a rare example of heritage building functioning to the
exacting demands of the 21st century.
- STUNNING COSTUMES — Signature elements embroidered onto the costumes
and integrated within the set - including details of the individual titles of the
cathedral, each one covering the tomb of a knight in the real version - from rich
cultural mosaic that hints to the presence of Spain, the Roman Empire, the Napoleonic
era and Great Britain, among others. All these cultural influences work in unison in
Malta to form a unique, multifaceted cultural identity. Jiffy's costume, for instance,
evokes the Napoleonic era with a modern twist and punky undertones. As the tableaux
unfolds, she collects charms from various characters - from the Maltese cross to the
cockade on Napoleon's hat. The costume of the characters in Sulalat Hakima tableau
contains nods to the Aghlabid dynasty reflecting Jiffy's Arab lineage.
- ACROBATIC PERFORMANCE — Our Cirque du Soleil artists bring the story
of this modern tale to life. The show propose a high-octane mix of disciplines, from
hoverboards to Spanish Webs, Cyr Wheel to Icarian Games, hand-to hand to bungee trapeze
and hand balancing., all the way to Tournik (an apparatus that marries horizontal bar
technique with circus arts) and dance.
- POWERFUL MUSIC — The transition from ghostly past to festive future
is driven by the show's musical score - a mix of multilayered, indie - rock - infused
songs and uplifting grunge melodies. The all-females band includes three musicians
(drums, violin, guitar) and two singer (Imperia, who represents the past, and Mozaïa,
the future), in whom Jiffy recognize her long-lost Maltese roots.
- Writer & Stage Director — Jean-Guy Legault
- Creative Director — Chantal Tremblay
- Set Designer — Guillaume Lord
- Musical Direction and Arrangements — Emmanuel Alias
- Lighting Designer — Étienne Boucher
- Costume Designer — Sebastien Dionne
- Makeup & Hair Designer — Audrey Toulouse
- Props Designer — Alain Jenkins
- Acrobatic Designer — Emilie Therrien
- Assistant Stage Director — Emilie Therrien
- Chorégraphe — Vincent Desjardins
- Sound Designer — Jean-Michel Caron
- Acrobatic Coach — Pierre Ruel
- Staging Assistant — Yves St-Pierre
- LX Assistant — Julien Blais Savoie
- Assistant Makeup & Hair Designer — Heidi Doucet
- Acrobatic Designer & Staging Assistant — Emilie Therrien
- Assistant Costume Designer — Géraldine Rondeau
- Assistant Costume Designer — Stéphanie Cleroux
- Opening / Aerial Lamp / Spanish Webs — "Romain Imperium"
- Trapeze Duo — "French Regime"
- Cyr Wheel — "Enlightening Spirit"
- Hula Hoop / Hair Suspension — "Sulalat Hakma"
- Solo Aerial Hoop, Icarian Games — "Spanish Legado"
- Hand Balancing, Tournik — "Joy in the City" (from Reflet), "British Reign"
- Dance — "British Reign Dance"
- Interlude — "Prendersi per mano" (from Corteo)
- Hand to Hand Duo — "Italian Perla"
- Bungee, Inverted Walk, Trapeze, Finale, Final - "Sovranita"