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Nouvelle
Expérience


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Expérience

Prologue
Contortion
Korean Plank
Solo Trapeze
Fil de Fer
Aerial Straps
Trapeze Volant
Antipodisme
Film Scene
Russian Bar
Balance on Chairs
Epilogue

Odyssey

Itinéraire
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Replace Lions with Magic and
Tigers with Fantasy and the Circus is redefined.


Something new was always on the horizon for Cirque du Soleil, and the success of Le Cirque Réinventé lent its hand to an explosion of growth for Cirque du Soleil But, what Cirque did not know was how well the company would continue to grow. In June of 1989, Franco Dragone, Michel Crete, Dominique Lemieux, René Dupéré, Gilles Ste-Croix, Luc Lafortune and Deborah Brown sat down and began an adventure of creation and imagination, starting with a philosphical substrate: the ecological theories of James Lovelock (the scientist who helped propound the Gaia theory that Earth's biosphere is a single self-regulating, living organism) and Albert Jacquard (whose theories posit an ecology of human relationships).

For months they toiled to create a show that featured new artists, a new theme and would be the biggest most theatrical piece yet produced by the troupe. When work was complete it was discovered they had a new Expérience to show the masses; and thus, Nouvelle Expérience was born. "The show is in no way didactic, it doesn't preach any Gaia message, but we feel our ideas of ecological harmony infuse the show," said Mr. Dragone, the show's director.

The show began its run in Montréal in May of 1990, and took off on a 19-month whirlwind tour of the North American continent. By the end of 1991, Nouvelle Expérience had been to dozens of cities in which 1.3 million people saw the show. Beginning November 1992, and lasting a year, Cirque du Soleil and Steve Wynn's Mirage Resorts signed an agreement that placed a White and Gold big top on the grounds of the Mirage Resort where the show was staged until November 1993.

What tale is behind Nouvelle Expérience? In a protected corner of the universe, in a kingdom all their own, exist a group of creatures called the "Flounes" or Angels (Cécile Ardail, Christophe Lelarge, Patrice Wojciechowski, David Lebel and Isabelle Chassé). The world of the "Flounes" is invaded by characters in red - the Devils - who are the spirit of disobedience. Life comes to their world and spreads like a virus, which they look upon candidly.

 
Premiere: May 5, 1990 (Tour)
November 8, 1992 (Mirage)
Type: Touring / Bigtop
Finale: December 21, 1991 (Tour)
November 21, 1993 (Mirage)
 

Creative Team


Guide
Guy Laliberté
Director
Franco Dragone
Creation
Gilles Ste-Croix
Choreographer
Debra Brown
Costume Designer
Dominique Lemieux
  Composer
René Dupéré
Composer
Benoît Jutras
Lighting Designer
Luc Lafortune
Sound Designer
Guy Desrochers
Set Designer
Michel Crête


Itinéraire

  • Montréal: 5/8/90 - 6/17/90
  • Seattle: 7/5/90 - 7/22/90
  • San Francisco: 8/1/90 - 9/2/90
  • San Jose: 9/11/90 - 9/30/90
  • S. Monica: 10/10/90 - 12/16/90
  • San Diego: 1/26/91 - 2/10/91
  • Costa Mesa: 2/22/91 - 3/24/91
  • New York: 4/11/91 - 6/2/91
  • Ste-Foy: 6/20/91 - 7/14/91
  • Toronto: 7/26/91 - 9/1/91
  • Chicago: 9/13/91 - 10/13/91
  • D.C.: 10/25/91 - 11/17/91
  • Atlanta: 11/29/91 - 12/21/91
  • Las Vegas: 11/10/92 - 11/21/93


Audio/Visual


 

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