SCALADA is a unique and free outdoor event, developed by Cirque du Soleil's
Special Events Team (45 DEGREES) for the Principality of Andorra. Either
inspired by Andorra’s four seasons (the first and second years), or the
country's more mystic legends (the third year), SCALADA was performed
exclusively in the principality at 10:00pm during the summer months.
|Year 1: July 13 - August 03, 2013
Year 2: July 05 - August 02, 2014
Year 3: July 04 - August 01, 2015
Year 4: July 02 - July 30, 2016
Year 5: July 01 - July 30, 2017
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2013 • Scalada
To capture people’s attention and charm a group of boaters, the four Seasons
enter into a bit of harmless competition. In turn, but keeping to the natural
order — Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn — the Seasons reveal their charms and
use their most beautiful traits to impress.
The competition suddenly becomes
more serious, and the Seasons forget the audience that they are trying so hard
to win over. It then falls to the group of boaters to show the Seasons that
they are already involved in a love affair with Andorra, no matter what the season.
Bastien Alexandre Creator and Director
Jean Laurin Lighting Designer
Stéphane Boko Choreographer
Eric Noguès Set Designer and props
Johnny Ranger Video designer
- Opening — Volo Volando from Corteo
- Aerial Straps — Svecounia from O
- Skipping Ropes/ Bikes — Alambre Alto from Kooza
- Flying Woman — Patzivota from Varekai
- Clowns — Patzivota from Varekai
- Cube/Korean Plank — Battlefield from KA
- Chinese Poles — Qué Viyera from Totem
- Acrosport — Toreador from Totem
- Trampo-wall — Simcha from O
- Finale — Hymn of the Worlds from ZED
2014 • Mater Natura
Between July 5th and August 2nd, 17 one-hour performances of ‘Scalada’ were
put on at an outdoor stage in the capital city of Andorra La Vella, with
3,000 free standing tickets on offer for each show.
‘Scalada’ was created
especially for Andorra last year and combines spectacular acrobatics, costumes,
lighting and scenery to tell the story of one of Europe’s smallest countries.
Shows will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 2,000
paid-for tickets on offer in addition to the free standing passes.
The synopsis is simple, two young hikers are punished for not having respected
nature and are then embarked on a journey to the heart of Andorran nature with the
aim of raising awareness. Guided by three muses in the colors of Andorra, the two
young people realize that Andorran nature is strong but it is a fragile balance that
must be preserved and protected. Through the four elements the viewer goes on an
exotic journey of initiation.
- Opening — Jeux d'enfants from Alegria
- Overture — First Incantation from ZED
- Spanish Web — Diables from Kooza
- Water Bowl — Don't Be Afraid from Kooza
- Hoop Diving — Oscillium from Varekai
- Aerial Pole — El Péndulo from Varekai
- Russian Bars — Fiesta from ZED
- Hand to Hand — Kèro Hiréyo from Varekai
- Flying Duo Trapeze — "Serbian Bossa" from Les Chemins 4
- Acrosport — "Vintage Parade"
- Cyr Wheel — Distorted from La Nouba
- Death Wheel — Ninkou Latora from Dralion
- Duo Strap — The Worlds Meet from ZED
- Finale — Kamandé from Dralion
2015 • Storia
From July 4th through August 1st, STORIA took patrons on an acrobatic
and metaphorical journey through Andorra's more mystic side to trace
the country's origins and learn its legends. Performances ran Monday
through Friday (dark Saturday and Sunday) at 10:00pm. The show, which
ran for 1 hour, was held in the public car park of the Parc Central,
in the center of Andorra la Vella, and there was seating for 5,000 people
at each performance. 30 minutes of entertainment was had before the show
In a minimalist décor evoking the vaulted roof of a contemporary
cathedral, somewhere between tradition and modernity, STORIA takes root in
the founding legends of Andorra. The White Lady – the patron goddess and
divine protectress of this luminous land – will open one-by-one the boxes
containing the legends of this magical STORIA. The boxes will in turn reveal their acrobatic,
aerial and choreographic performances – living symbols of the fabulous
secrets of Andorra’s past.
- SCENEOGRAPHY — As a counterpoint, at the show they wanted to recreate
a more modern setting. The basis of this scenography are basic geometric
forms (triangles, squares and circles), used to build a contemporary cathedral
where legends come to life. This cathedral may remind the audience of the
well-known architecture of the thermal centre Caldea, one of Andorra's trademarks.
This structure is erected to be home to a giant modern-looking semicircle
stage which will have a more spiritual aspect. This will represent both the
cathedral and the Pyrenean mountains. This combination of modern and fantasy
elements is the main scenographic challenge of this new show.
- MAKE UP — The luminous makeup designs created for the mythical characters
of STORIA will have a supernatural look and feel, echoing the spiritual and sacred
context in which the characters evolve. Contemporary, graphical and minimalistic
makeup designs will be created to convey the emotions of the cast.
- SOUNDTRACK — Music will also be one of the fortes of the show, which
will include melodies specially created for this occasion. SCALADA: STORIA will
be impregnated with the characteristic range of colours of this Canadian company's
musical work. Without sticking to a particular style, it will be composed of a
range of fusions perfectly combining various musical categories.
- LIGHTING — Lighting design stands out for its well-chosen angles,
intensity and colours. These are also aligned with costumes and make-up. Lighting
will enjoy a modern approach, combining the strength and dynamism of rock shows
with the delicacy of theatre plays. Also, lights will play a key role within the
show, since they will mark the transition among the various tales and the emotions
they spark. So, the transition from one tale to another will go in hand with a
change of colours integrated with accessories directly controlled by artists.
These will also have an effect on ornamental elements, which in turn will also
have integrated lighting.
- Pre-Show — Flea Girls from OVO
- Opening — Toreador from Totem
- Flying Sphere — "Undae"/"Ooshou Dom Be" from from ZAIA/Les Chemins 5
- Icarian Games — Aequor Oris from ZAIA
- Aerial Cross Wheel — Caelestis from ZAIA
- Slackwire — Super Hero from OVO
- Trampo-wall — Birth of the Sky from ZED / Temperatio from ZAIA
- Interlude — Running on the Edge from Amaluna / Comissatio from ZAIA
- Rola Bola — Aquilex from ZAIA
- Pas de Deux — Ballare from Dralion
- Fire — High Temptation from ZED
- Russian Swings — Fly Around from Amaluna
- Finale — "Wenninsun" from Les Chemins 5
2016 • Vision
Are you ready to experience sensations that you’ve never felt before? Be captivated
by a magical stage design that will take you to a new dimension. Be swept away by
the excitement as the finest acrobatics of the Cirque du Soleil. Enter a world where
the lines between reality and fiction are blurred through a moving story. In this
year's edition, you will follow the adventures of a brother and sister who have an
indestructible bond between them: a closeness that reflects the family values of
the Andorran culture.
In this story, a brother and sister will be faced with finding themselves separated
in a totally unknown universe. They will arrive in an imaginary, surreal and futuristic
world, where they will travel between reality and fiction. Throughout their adventure
they will come across many elements of their home town, but in a futuristic form.
The little sister will let herself be ruled by her instincts until she becomes
completely lost in this futuristic dimension. Her brother, meanwhile, will follow
her footsteps in the hope of finding her, while immersed in a totally different
experience. Separately, each of them must make this journey on their own, overcoming
the challenges of their own reality. Their instincts and the strong bond of brother
and sister will be the key to their meeting again.
Each scene was carried along by the acrobatic, aerial and choreographic
performances, which will evoke unmistakable aspects of Andorra.
- SCENEOGRAPHY — This year, the stage makes way for video content to
create a truly immersive atmosphere. The stage is built around the concept of a
modular box that will whirl spectators between the disparate worlds of a brother
and his sister. A series of movable, deconstructed façades provide a unique and
mesmerising medium for the event’s storyline to unfold.
- MUSIC — The musical arrangements have been crafted to conjure up
two very distinct worlds: that of the brother and that of the sister. Not only are
these distinctions the backbone of the story, but they will immerse spectators
amidst a sensory experience, rousing a wide range of emotions. The sounds of a
beat-boxer intermingle with the melodies of a live singer to deliver the event’s
musical essence, which evinces the Cirque du Soleil’s musical expertise.
- COSTUME DESIGN — The two distinctive worlds the event revolves
around are further emphasised through the performer’s costumes: futuristic and
linear designs mark the brother’s world, while colourful, imaginative and surreal
ensembles represent the sister’s universe. All costumes draw from the reality of
the brother and the sister, respectively.
- LIGHTING AND VIDEO — Lighting is used to further the event’s
narrative, while enhancing its acrobatic performances. Video projections envelop
the brother and the sister in their respective worlds. The brother’s universe is
evoked using straight lines, a modern atmosphere, bright lights and a clearly
defined tech appearance. The young sister’s world, on the other hand, is more
surreal, organic, colourful and innocent. The video takes on a second layer of
meaning by interacting with the performers. At certain moments the video content
is influenced by the action taking place on-stage.
- ACROBATICS — The aerial acrobatics and choreographies were
specially created with video projections in mind. The
staging is inspired by a modular box allowing the main characters to travel
between the two parallel worlds the story unfolds in. A brand new set of magical
acrobatics will take the audience on a journey among these two dimensions, evoking
the same emotions experienced by the event’s protagonists. This year’s event boasts
more group performances than in previous years, making it all the more difficult
- THREE UNIQUE MOMENTS — The City of Lights -
The brother experiences, for the very
first time, a futuristic world, made of lights and videos, where he meets beings
from another time who change. These characters creates a fascinating world of
movement. Lost amidst the chaos of that world, where dancers and acrobats perform
in unison, he becomes fearful of it, yet unable to resist its pull. He will have
to find his way through it to complete his quest: finding his sister.
Craving Love - While seeking his younger sister, the brother
finds himself in front of a fallen bridge. On the one side there stands a
magnificent woman. The only thing connecting them will be the long rope - his
only way across the bridge-, upon which they perform a poetic duo. In a tangible
display of sensitivity, the duo bear each other’s weight so they can take flight.
It’s an intimate moment where audiences will hold their breath, enveloped by the
event’s visual poetry. (Duo Relation Act, created by Rigolo). And The Giant
Door Finale - In the last act, the sister reaches a
giant door, which stands between her and her brother, who is on the other side.
She must find a way to get to him. Using her imagination, which will have helped
her throughout her journey, she conjures up a series of characters who perform
incredible acrobatic feats on a power track. The more impressive the acrobatics,
the wider the door opens.
Mukhtar O. S. Mukhtar Director
Alexis Laurence Scenographer and AudioVisual Designer
Tony Adigun Choreographer
Bruno Rafie Lighting Design
Jean-Michel Caron Sound Design
- Intro — Departure from Kurios
- Quatuor Aerial Strap — Once Upon A Time from La Nouba
- Dance/Pole — "City of Light"
- Projection — "Imaginary World"
- Interlude — Superstar II from KOOZA
- Trampo-Wall — Ephra from "O"
- Tournik — Bella Donna Twist from Kurios
- Interlude — Diables from KOOZA
- Beatbox — "Beatbox"
- Vertical Rope Duo — "Wings"
- Triple Trapeze — Fiesta from ZED & Pursuit from KÀ
- Power Track — Fearsome Flight from Kurios
- Transition —Deep from KÀ
- Finale — Nueva Era from JOYA
2017 • Stelar
Presenting STELAR, the last chapter of the Scalada event series. Dare to fly up
into the sky and discover the sensation of being in the clouds!
In the world of STELAR, altitude rhymes with attitude, as the
heights raise spirits. It is therefore on the highest peaks of Andorra, where the
mountains meet the clouds, causing an exquisite feeling of reverse vertigo, that
STELAR takes off. The show features a gallery of unique characters including the
Dreamer, attracted to the life beyond the clouds, the very dogmatic Townspeople,
the benevolent Giant, who has feet anchored to the ground but a head in the clouds,
and the very aerial People of the Sky. Are you ready to unravel the mystery?
Peacefully sleeping, a Dreamer is dreaming. She's dreaming of levitating above her
bed and, as if by magic, she starts flying. But when she opens her eyes, she's
immediately plunged into a nightmare, surrounded on all sides by a horde of
invaders - the Townspeople. She is freed by an unexpected saviour, the Rebel, who
manages to fight and repel the Townspeople. That's when she sees a figure walking
on a wire hooked to the clouds. Slowly after beginning her slow ascent towards the
sky, the Dreamer meets a mountain tribe at the summit of the mountains, who tried,
by dint of fabulous incantations, to allow the Dreamer to tear herself away from
the Earth's gravity. But when all her efforts have failed, a Giant suddenly emerges
and, with the help of a Sherpa, helps her to cross the layer of cloud. In contact
with the inhabitants of the clouds, the Dreamer finds herself endowed with strange
powers. The laws of physics no longer exist; she flirts majestically with
weightlessness and can finally reach her full potential. Faced with the dilemma of
choosing between life in the mountains and life in the sky, at the very moment when
the clouds are dissipating and the vault of heaven is finally within her reach, the
Dreamer hesitates. But she realizes that even with both feet anchored to the ground,
we are all connected to the infinite - to be considered, in turn and to dream,
together, of greater than ourselves.
- SCENEOGRAPHY —
For this 5th and final edition of the SCALADA series,
Cirque wished to bring the action closer to the people, making them part of
the action even more. With a new stage concept - presented on a 2-faced
stage (similar to the original Delirium and CORTEO presentations) - STELAR
can be watched from both sides, offering a new perspective, bringing
everyone closer to the action, and delivering a more intimate big-top like
experience. Danielle Labrie's environments for STELAR are
both pure and bold. Through clever designs and modular elements, simple
stenographic statements create a powerful effect and transport the audience
across surreal worlds.
- MUSIC — The soundtrack created by Felix-Antoine Couturier
feels very cinematographic while tapping in both classical, pop, and folk
roots. Music has always been a great tool for Cirque du Soleil to help convey
the narrative, and this show is no exception. It was important for us to
create original songs that would deliver the fantastic and energy in each
- COSTUME DESIGN —
Feathers, crystals or sequins. Color combinations.
Contrasts and brightness. The costumes of this edition, signed by Yso Siphay
Southidara, are inspired by creators as disparate as Louis Vuitton or Nick Cave.
Costumes strengthen each one of the characters that appear at the event. The costumes
this year form a clever bridge between the classic legacy of Cirque du Soleil costumes
and modern avant-garde fashion. Yso Siphay Southidara's, specially made designs, bring
STELAR's characters to life in an impressive way.
- LIGHTING — This year, Finnish designer Mikki Kunttu
is designing the lights for STELAR. His voluptuous style and innovative vision
pair beautifully with our two-way central stage. And this year's concept -with
no projection content- is ideal to let the lighting design shine (pun intended)
and almost become a character in itself.
- ACROBATICS — Under Edesia Moreno Barata's trained eye, all our
high-level acrobatic acts are reworked and choreographed so our artist's prowess's
can really translate the epic story of STELAR. She uses her deep knowledge of
Cirque du Soleil's acrobatics to bring the extraordinary of human performance
to a higher level.
Benjamin Dupont Director
Carine Charaire Co-Director & Choreographer
Olivier Casamayou Co-Director & Choreographer
Edesia Moreno Barata Assistant Director & Acrobatic Performance
Danielle Labrie Stage Designer
Alexis Laurence Scenographer
Félix-Antoine Couturier Composer
Yso Siphay Southidara Costume Design
Edesia Moreno Barata Choreographer
Mikki Kunttu Lighting Design
Eleni Uranis Makeup Designer
- Hand to Hand — Mason Bryce Ames & Valérie Benoit Charbonneau
- Dancer/Back-up Act — Cinthia Pedroso Beranek
- High Wire — Christopher Dafydd Keith Bullzini
- Russian Bar — Carole Demers, Andrei Saladonau, & Anatolie Sandou
- Swing to Swing — Evgeniia Goriacheva, Ekaterina Koroleva, Dina Krasko,
Anastasiia Melikhova, Anastasia Nagibina, Olga Nikulshina & Anastasiia
- Trapeze — Uuve Hanna Jansson
- Wheel of Death — Rony Sascha Navas Velez & Ray Guthy Navas Velez
- Dancers — Guillaume Quéau, Daniele Sibilli & Thierno Thioune
- Bungee Loops — Laurence Racine Choinière
- High Stilts — Adam John Read
- Balancing on Chairs — Rokardy Rodriguez
- German Wheel — Olivier Sylvestre
- Acro Lamp — Alexis Vigneault
- Opening — "The Dreamer"
- Trapeze — "Flying Awake"
- German Wheel — "The Citizens"
- High Wire — "The First Attempt"
- High Stilts — "The Tall One"
- Balancing on Chairs — "Reaching the Clouds"
- Swing to Swing — "Les Habitants du Ciel"
- Dance Interlude — "Inverted Gravity"
- Acro Lamp — "Day and Night"
- Aerial Strap — "Torn Apart"
- Wheel of Death — "Space Walk"
- Finale — "Celebració"