While Alegría pursues its
journey across Europe, Quidam
finishes up its North American tour, which includes a stopover in Dallas, a first for Cirque
du Soleil. During its three-year tour, almost 1,000 performances have been held
under the blue-and-yellow big top. All in all, over 2,500,000 North American
spectators have applauded Quidam.
And unable to quash its celebration of life, Cirque du Soleil restages
Saltimbanco in Ottawa
for a few weeks before sending it off on an Asia-Pacific tour scheduled to
last three years. In response, Singapore becomes the site of Cirque du Soleil's
Inspired by the success of Mystère,
Bellagio developer Steve Wynn had big ideas for anaquatic Cirque at his new resort,
opening in October 1998. Really big ideas: "An Olympic stadium-sized water thing
(with) lasers, fountains, dry ice and ski-jumpers," Laliberté recalls. "Thank God
there was a cost factor related to the craziness of his thinking that forced (Wynn)
to focus a little bit, and we brought him back to the theatrical environment again,"
he adds. "We had one reference that we didn't want to achieve: The 'Waterworld'
movie," Hollywood's notoriously over-budgeted 1995 dud. Instead, the $92 million
"O" became a Las Vegas must-see and
sets a new benchmark for excellence in theatrical entertainment everywhere.
After almost 10 years of discussion, Cirque du Soleil finally teams with
Disney to present La Nouba in
Orlando. The agreement occurs after direct intervention from Michael Eisner,
chairman and CEO of Disney, who concedes
to Cirque's long-maintained insistence that it retain creative control.
Moreover, a custom-made theatre is built for Cirque’s unique requirements.
The show opens in December to rave reviews.