ANOTHER SIDE OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
After touring select cities across the United States and Canada,
once again bids adieu to North America and embarked on a year-long tour of
Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka.
Alegría continues its second
North American Tour, joining Varekai
In cooperation with Cirque du Soleil Images, the television documentary
series "Fire Within" airs
in the United States; an intimate and revealing behind-the-scenes look at the
effort and struggles during the creation of Varekai.
The series wins an Emmy award plus two Gemini awards. The
show itself was filmed late in
its run in Toronto and released to VHS/DVD in autumn.
While Quidam tours Japan throughout
the year, by summer (July) the adults-only show
premieres at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Created by Dominic Chapagne
and René Richard Cyr, it's the first Cirque du Soleil production for adults only.
The company serves as creative content provider for MGM Mirage, for which Cirque is
exploring ideas ranging from restaurants to nightclubs to other theatrical shows,
Lamarre says. The financial arrangement between Cirque and MGM Mirage remains much
the same since the day Wynn and Laliberte, now 43, shook hands. Each party funds
half of the production cost of a new show -- in the case of Zumanity, $10 million
apiece. MGM Mirage pays for the theatre -- more than $41 million to retrofit the
existing hall at New York-New York and $138 million for the MGM Grand project.
The big expenses are amortized, and profits are split 50-50. If attendance falls
below a certain level, the show will close.
«O» on the Las Vegas Strip.
And, by year's end, Cirque du Soleil films its first ever production for
Television called "Solstrom".
"Solstrom", a 13-part family-oriented television
variety series that merges acrobatic acts with dramatic comedy, features over
250 artists in over 130 acts from many of Cirque du Soleil shows and includes
a number of celebrity guest performances.
A similar variety of performances would mark Cirque du Soleil's fourth turn at
the Royal Variety Performance gala in London. This year, Paul Bowler would perform
his Cube Act from Mystere with an Angel from Alegria and a Dralion from Dralion.