On January 9, 2007, Cirque du Soleil and Miami-based artist ROMERO BRITTO
announced they would team to celebrate South Florida and Football in an unprecedented
performance in the Superbowl XLI pregame show at Dolphin Stadium. Inspired by
Brazilian street theater, 60 professional performers and hundreds of other
participants participated in the pregame show which was a high-energy extravaganza
of music, dance, gymnastics and circus arts linked by a multi-colored football
theme. The Cirque du Soleil performers were a living, breathing canvas for Britto,
whose signature pop-art defined the color and vibrancy of South Florida.
Grammy Award Winner LOUIE VEGA supplied an original musical score and performed
with his Elements of Life Orchestra featuring vocalist Anane while the Cirque du
Soleil performance came to life.
|Date: ||February 4, 2007
|Type: ||Special Event
|Location: ||Miami, FL
Praying for Clement Weather
The production team based the show around the theme
of sporting competition, the day’s main focus. While the
circular stage is being set up, cartoon-like characters dressed
in football uniforms will work the crowd, inviting them to join in
a noise-making competition!
Among other things, the show will present a percussion fight
of the kind we saw in DELIRIUM, while two teams, fitted out
by Romero Britto in the colours of the Colts and the Bears, do
battle. Other artists, most from Saltimbanco, will fly from
Russian swings to simulate place kicks, soaring over goals
of footballers’ heads, like the Lilliputian lady in Corteo.
The show is a riot of colour!
All week the production team has been glued to the weather. Mother
Nature's mood swings have had a significant impact on rehearsals and the
logistics of this major challenge led by Fernand Rainville and the Special
Events team. Strong winds can make Russian swings fly, but not in the way we
want! Not to mention showers of rain which can make a natural turf football
field very slippery for the artists conducting the "extreme cheerleading."
But when the sun puts in an appearance, everything will be hunky-dory!
The field was swarming with people last Monday during a first "plenary" session.
Fast track artists were having fun masquerading as bathers, while those on the
Russian swings tried to cope with the whims of the wind - and find reference points
for themselves in an utterly blue sky! While all this was going on, Fernand Rainville
and Geneviève Dorion-Coupal were explaining the rudiments of group movements - to
music and in harmony - to some very young-looking groups of extreme cheerleaders.
"5-6-7-8 hup!" Keeping your concentration while dancing is far from easy!
A Super Challenge...
The field on which the Super Bowl will be contested on Sunday is practically
a sacred place. One of the major concerns for Cirque is to make sure the natural
turf is not damaged. Acrobatic equipment has had to be modified to ensure that
weight is uniformly distributed on the ground. The artists' shoes, the stilts of
the giant pink flamingos - all has had to be adapted to make sure that nothing
will sink into the surface, to protect both the field and the artists' safety.
The "Birds" Get Sidetracked!
The Wednesday before, Patricial Ruel did an inventory check of the 350 costumes
produced for the occasion and proceeded with fittings for the "Tropical Birds." Well,
only nine artists were able to try out their costumes. The remaining ten had been sent
to the Wildlife Department by agents at the Memphis sorting centre of our shipper,
FedEx! When they saw the words "tropical birds" on the box, they were obliged to follow
procedures to ensure that no birds were being mistreated. The costumes finally arrived
safe and sound on Thursday.
Jacques Méthé Executive Producer
Fernand Rainville Director and Director of Creation
Patricia Ruel Set, Props and Costumes Designer
Geneviève Dorion Coupal Choreography design
Daniel Cola Acrobatic Coach
Gabriel Pinkstone Project Aassistant
Linda Dupuis Production Manager
Marie-Josée Adam Coordination
Jocelyne Fortier Cordination
Marie-Hélène Delage Cordination
Stéphane Lemay Technical Director
Jean-François Tremblay Assistant to Technical Director
Isabelle Girard Accounting
A Few Facts
- The show celebrated football and southern Florida.
- The set and costumes are inspired by the work of local
artist Romero Britto, one of the best-known pop artists of his generation.
- The team had only four minutes to set up and two minutes to tear
down, all the time taking great care not to damage the field.
- The performance lasted nine minutes (one minute of commercials at the Super
Bowl costs US $2.6 million).
- The theme used by the NFL this year was strongly represented in our show:
in composing the original music that accompanied the performance, Louie
Vega took his inspiration from the "One game… one dream…" theme.
- The show featured 350 artists, 278 of them volunteers.