Costumes & Characters
Chef de Piste
"Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen". This is the first official contact between the audience and
the chef de piste. There's something about the way he taps his foot and wags
his head. Since he is the symbol of authority, the Ring Master delights in telling the clowns
what they can and can't do, and he even chides the audience for siding with the unruly rogues.
There isn't much of the traditional ring master about him. Why, he's just about to leave the
ring to appear as Ti-Claude, who will eventually guide those you have yet to meet toward a
magical metamorphosis. [The Ringmaster was played by Brian Dewurst]
King of Fools & Queen of the Night
Out of the billowing white cloud emerges the King of Fools (played by
Stéphane Drouard) and the Queen of the Night (played by Michelle Rawlake,
who invite the imagination of the audience as they "transform" everyday
Oridinary People (portrayed by cast members) into magical Cirque performers.
Music, movement, colour and light combine to produce an atmosphere of true
enchangment. In the acts that follow, each of the performers will play out his
or her destiny. The King of Fools & Queen of the Night create a link
between the acts, inventing a story line which runs through the show.
The Ordinary People
Now, the ring is full of ordinary people dressed in their everyday clothes, milling
about and exchanging looks of amazement with the audience. Is this a dream or is it
really true? Who knows? The truth is that they begin responding to some mysterious urge
to let out some of the folly and playfullness buried deep down in each of them, and in
each of us. Arabesques, cartwheels, handstands... they can hardly contain their joy! Dream
or reality? All we can tell is that they're being drawn into a world of fantasy and so
transformed they they become an integral part of the show.
Four individuals roam about from time to time. There's Francois Dupuis, a
large but energetic baby. (Fans know him best from Mystère.) And Balthazar
(who fans know best from La Nouba, but he was also in the 1989 and 1990 versions
of Le Cirque Réinventé). But also Miss Steak, a vivacious woman with one
mission: to wear outrageous clothes, and Daniel Le Bateleur,
a normal enough man with a fetish for bugs, as appeared on stage as a big red
tick or flea! (Daniel Le Bateleur was no stranger to a Cirque du Soleil stage.
He appeared in the 1987 and 1988 versions of Le Cirque Réinventé as