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Touring

Grand Tour
Magie Continue
Reinvente
Nouvelle
Fascination
Saltimbanco
Alegría
Quidam
Dralion
Varekai
Corteo
Delirium
Koozå
OvO
Totem
MJ Immortal
Amaluna
KURIOS

Resident

Mystère
«O»
La Nouba
Zumanity

Beatles LOVE
Wintuk
ZAIA
Believe
ZED
Banana Shpeel
Viva Elvis
IRIS
Zarkana
MJ One
JOYÀ

Other Shows

Alegria: Le Film
Journey of Man
Fire Within
Solstrom
World's Away





 
Creations

Welcome to Creations, probably the most important area under the bigtop here at Le Grand Chapiteau. This section dives into the ever-expanding world of Cirque du Soleil created Spectacles, and divides each into four basic categories: Touring (for those traveling the globe by bigtop), Resident (for those in specially created theaters), Arena (for those touring in arena venues) and Other (the catch-all).

Q. What are the different show types?
Q. When did these shows premiere?
Q. Why are there two premiere dates?
Q. Where has Cirque toured?

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Q. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT SHOW TYPES?

   There are three basic classifications of Cirque du Soleil
   shows: Touring, Resident and Other.

   TOURING shows are as defined, shows made to tour. There are two
   varieties of TOURING shows in Cirque du Soleil's repertoire:
   BIG TOP and ARENA shows.

   An ARENA show is one that is made specifically for, or repurposed
   for, and showcased directly in a stadium-like venue. These type of 
   shows are akin to traveling concert tours, spending one to seven 
   nights in a specific location before packing up and moving on. 
   Delirium (2006-2008), Saltimbanco (2007-2012), and Alegría (2009
   -2013) were examples of Arena shows. Current arena productions
   are: Quidam (2010+), Dralion (2010+), Michael Jackson THE
   IMMORTAL World Tour (2011+), and Varekai (2013+).
  
   A BIG TOP show is one that visits many cities and countries and
   is housed in a blue and yellow or white colored tent. The thing
   to remember here is TENT! There are exceptions; as an example:
   when shows visit London they are usually set up in the Royal
   Albert Hall, a victorian style performence venue. Even so, the
   tour is part of the BIG TOP tour unless stated otherwise.
   Current Big Top shows are: Corteo, Koozå, OVO, Totem, Amaluna
   and KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities.

   A RESIDENT show is that which is performed in a specially 
   designated theater. Most of these theaters exist in 
   partnership with MGM/Mirage Resorts in the United States
   ("O", Zumanity, KÀ, LOVE, Criss Angel BELIEVE, ZARKANA, and
   Michael Jackson ONE) but there are other partnerships, such 
   as: Phil Ruffian at Treasure Island Las Vegas (Mystère),   
   Walt Disney World (La Nouba - consequently the first
   free-standing theater built for Cirque du Soleil), and 
   with Grupo Vidanta for JOYÀ in the Riviera Maya, Mexico.
   (Previous Resident shows were: Wintuk, Banana Shpeel, Viva 
   Elvis, ZAIA, ZED, and IRIS

   Due to the nature of resident productions, they are not
   crafted to be presented under the big top or in the arena
   setting. So you will never see these shows tour the globe.

   OTHER shows are ones that are not performed in either a
   specially designed resident theater or in the Grand Chapiteau
   settings. These are media related productions, specially
   produced and filmed for Cirque du Soleil. Examples include:
   Alegria: Le Film, Journey of Man IMAX, Fire Within, SOLSTROM,
   and Worlds Away 3D.

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Q. WHEN DID THESE SHOWS PREMIERE?

   The information is presented as follows: the premiere year,
   followed by the show title, its exact premiere date and the
   city in which it premiered.

   1984: Le Grand Tour (Jun.16.1984, Gaspe)
   1985: Le Grand Tour (May.14.1985, Montréal)
   1986: Le Magie Continue (Apr.20.1986/May.18.1986, Sherebrook)
   1987: Le Cirque Reinvente (May.07.1987, La Salle)
   1990: Nouvelle Experience (May.08.1990, Montréal)
   1992: Saltimbanco (Apr.23.1992, Montréal)
   1992: Fascination (May.22.1992, Tokyo)
   1993: Mystere (Dec.25.1994, Las Vegas)
   1994: Alegria (Apr.21.1994, Montréal)
   1996: Quidam (Apr.23.1996, Montréal)
   1998: O (Oct.19.1998, Las Vegas)
   1998: La Nouba (Dec.23.1998/Jan.28.1999, Orlando)
   1999: Dralion (Apr.22.1999, Montréal)
   2002: Varekai (Apr.24.2002, Montréal)
   2003: Zumanity (Jul.31.2003/Sep.20.2003, Las Vegas)
   2004: KA (Nov.26.2004/Feb.03.2005, Las Vegas)
   2005: Corteo (Apr.21.2005, Montréal)
   2006: Delirium (Jan.26.2006, Montréal)
   2006: LOVE (Jun.02.2006/Jun.30.2006, Las Vegas)
   2007: Koozå (Apr.19.2007, Montréal)
   2007: Wintuk (Nov.01.2007, New York City)
   2008: ZAIA (Jul.26.2008/Aug.28.2008, Macau)
   2008: ZED (Aug.15.2008/Oct.01.2008, Tokyo)
   2008: Believe (Sep.26.2008/Oct.31.2008, Las Vegas)
   2009: Ovo (Apr.23.2009, Montréal)
   2009: Banana Shpeel (Nov.19.2009, Chicago | Apr.29.2010, NYC)
   2009: Viva Elvis (Dec.16.2009/Jan.08.2010, Las Vegas)
   2010: Totem (Apr.22.2010, Montréal)
   2011: Zarkana (Jun.9.2011/Jun.30.2011, NYC) 
   2011: IRIS (Jul.11.2011/Sep.27.2011, Hollywood)
   2011: MJ THE IMMORTAL World Tour (Oct.02.2011, Montréal)
   2012: Amaluna (Apr.19.2012, Montréal)
   2013: MJ ONE - Mandalay Bay (May.23.2013/Jun.29.2013 Las Vegas)
   2014: KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities (Apr.24.2014, Montréal)
   2014: JOYÀ (Nov.08.2014, Riviera Maya, Mexico)

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Q. WHY ARE THERE TWO PREMIRE DATES?

   In the case of Le Magie Continue, Cirque du Soleil originally 
   performed at Expo 86 in Vancouver before beginning their 
   Canadian tour. Thus, the official start of the 1986 tour is
   May 18, 1986.

   In the case of La Nouba, Zumanity, KÀ, LOVE, ZAIA, Believe, and
   ZED, Cirque du Soleil staged preview performances of these 
   productions before their official Grand Opening/Gala Premiere. 
   Therefore, public performances began on the first date, but an 
   official premiere celebration did on occur until the second.

   NOTE: Cris Angel BELIEVE was scheduled to hold public previews
   or have its "soft opening" beginning Sep.01.2008 with the
   GALA Premiere on Sep.12.2008 before it was delayed. It was
   delayed a second time by having previews begin on Sep.12.2008
   and the GALA on Oct.10.2008.
   
   NOTE: BANANA SHPEEL was scheduled to hold public previews in
   New York City starting February 4, 2010. It was pushed back
   to February 25, 2010 and again to March 17, 2010 before 
   finally settling on April 29, 2010.

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Q. WHERE HAS CIRQUE TOURED?

   [Big Top Productions]

	Saltimbanco
		o) North American Tour
			Apr.23.1992 - Dec.19.1993
		o) Japanese Tour
			Mar.11.1994 - Sep.14.1994
		o) Montreal Special
			Nov.02.1994 - Jan.08.1995
		o) European Tour I
			Mar.09.1995 - Feb.01.1997
			Curtain Fell	
		o) Ottawa Special
			Oct.13.1998 - Nov.08.1998
		o) Asia/Pacific Tour (Australia/Japan)
			Jan.07.1999 - Nov.25.2001
		o) European Tour II
			Feb.14.2002 - Jul.03.2005 
		o) Latin American Tour
			Aug.04.2005 - Dec.03.2006
			Curtain Fell / Went Arena

	Alegría 
		o) North American Tour I
			Apr.21.1994 - Dec.30.1995
		o) Japanese/Hong Kong Tour
			Mar.22.1996 - Dec.25.1996
		o) European Tour I
			Mar.06.1997 - Feb.07.1999
		o) At Beau Rivage
			May.20.1999 - Oct.02.2000
		o) Australia/Singapore
			Oct.10.2001 - Apr.07.2002
		o) North American Tour II
			Jun.12.2002 - Sep.26.2004
		o) Japanese Tour II
			Oct.29.2004 - Nov.27.2005
		o) European Tour II
			Jan.05.2006 - Aug.28.2007
		o) South American Tour
			Sep.14.2007 - Sep.22.2008
		o) Asian Tour (Seoul/Taiwan/Dubai)
			Oct.15.2008 - Apr.06.2009
			Curtain Fell / Went Arena
			
	Quidam 
		o) North American Tour I
			Apr.23.1996 - Nov.27.1998
		o) European Tour I
			Mar.04.1999 - Jan.06.2002
		o) North American Tour II
			Feb.07.2002 - Dec.21.2002
		o) Japanese Tour
			Feb.07.2003 - Apr.04.2004
		o) Asia/Pacific Tour
			May.06.2004 - Dec.11.2005 
		o) North American Tour III
			Jan.19.2006 - Oct.22.2006
		o) Asia/Middle East
			Jan.04.2007 - Aug.26.2007
		o) Mexican Tour
			Oct.11.2007 - Mar.17.2008
		o) European Tour II
			Apr.20.2008 - Apr.19.2009
		o) South American Tour
			Jul.11.2009 - Nov.21.2010
			Cutain Fell / Went Arena
			
	Dralion 
		o) North American Tour
			Apr.22.1999 - Dec.14.2003
		o) European Tour
			Jan.14.2004 - Jan.07.2007
		o) Japanese Tour
			Feb.07.2007 - Jun.15.2008
		o) Australian Tour
			Jul.17.2008 - Aug.24.2009
		o) Mexican Tour
			Sep.17.2009 - Dec.31.2009
			Curtain Fell / Went Arena

	Varekai
		o) North American Tour
			Apr.24.2002 - Jul.23.2006
		o) Australia
			Aug.10.2006 - Oct.07.2007
		o) European Tour
			Oct.25.2007 - Jan.02.2011
		o) Asian Tour
			Jan.20.2011 - Jul.10.2011
		o) South American Tour
			Sep.15.2011 - Jun.23.2013
		o) Mexican Tour
			Aug.14.2013 - Oct.13.2013
			Curtain Fell / Went Arena
		
	Corteo 
		o) North American Tour
			Apr.21.2005 - Dec.28.2008
		o) Japanese Tour
			Feb.04.2009 - Jun.06.2010
		o) European Tour
			Jun.26.2010 - Feb.08.2013
		o) South American Tour
			Mar.30.2013 - Present
				
	Koozå
		o) North American Tour
			Apr.19.2007 - Dec.05.2010
		o) Japanese Tour
			Feb.02.2011 - Apr.01.2012
		o) North American Tour II
			Jun.07.2012 - Dec.16.2012
		o) European Tour
			Jan.05.2013 - Present

	Ovo
		o) North American Tour	
			Apr.23.2009 - May.13.2012
		o) Australian Tour
			Jul.13.2012 - Jun.16.2013
		o) Japanese Tour
			Feb.12.2014 - Feb.21.2015

	Totem
		o) Canadian Premiere Tour
			Apr.22.2010 - Aug.29.2010
		o) European Premiere Tour
			Oct.08.2010 - Jan.30.2011
		o) North American Premiere Tour
			Mar.03.2011 - Dec.18.2011
		o) European Tour II
			Jan.05.2012 - Feb.05.2012
		o) North American Tour
			Mar.02.2012 - Jul.06.2014
		o) Asia-Pacific Tour
			Aug.26.2014 - Present

	Amaluna
		o) North American Tour
			Apr.19.2012 - Present

	KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities
		o) North American Tour
			Apr.24.2014 - Present

[Resident Productions]

o) in Las Vegas, Nevada:
		
	- Mystère / Treasure Island
	- "O" / Bellagio
	- Zumanity / New York, New York
	- KÀ / MGM Grand
	- LOVE / The Mirage
	- Criss Angel BELIEVE / Luxor
	- Viva Elvis / Aria, CityCenter 
	- Zarkana / Aria, CityCenter 
	- Michael Jackson ONE / Mandalay Bay
			
o) Others (inside USA)
	- La Nouba / Walt Disney World; Orlando, FL
	- Iris / The Kodak Theater; Hollywood, CA 
		
o) Others (Outside USA)
				
	- ZAIA / The Venetian; Macau, China 
	- ZED / Tokyo Disneyland; Tokyo, Japan 
	- JOYÀ; Riviera Maya, Mexico 

[Venues Productions]

   {Arena}

	Delirium
		o) North American Tour
			Jan.26.2006 - Jul.01.2007
		o) European Tour
			Sep.13.2007 - Apr.19.2008
			Curtain Fell / No Longer Performed

	Saltimbanco
		o) North American Tour
			Jul.31.2007 - Aug.23.2009
		o) European/Africa Tour
			Sep.17.2009 - Apr.03.2011
		o) Australian Tour
			Apr.21.2011 - Sep.04.2011
		o) World Tour
			Sep.21.2011 - Dec.30.2012
			Curtain Fell / No Longer Performed

	Alegría
		o) North American Tour
			May.27.2009 - Aug.14.2011
		o) European Tour
			Sep.07.2011 - Dec.22.2013
			Curtain Fell / No Longer Performed

	Quidam
		o) North American Tour
			Dec.11.2010 - Aug.11.2013
		o) European Tour
			Sep.15.2013 - Present
			
	Dralion
		o) North American Tour
			Oct.20.2010 - Dec.23.2012
		o) European Tour
			Feb.06.2013 - Present

	Michael Jackson THE IMMPORTAL World Tour
		o) North American Tour
			Oct.02.2011 - Aug.21.2012
		o) European Tour
			Oct.12.2012 - Apr.21.2013
		o) Asia-Pacific Tour
			May.09.2013 - Jan.14.2014
		o) North American Tour
			Feb.28.2014 - TBA

  {Stage & Seasonal}

	- Wintuk / Madison Square Garden; New York City, NY
	- Banana Shpeel / New York City & Touring

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