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Le Grand Concert


See Cirque du Soleil as you've never heard it before!


Montreal’s favorite circus celebrated three decades of iridescent genius in a number of whimsical ways throughout the year, but the creative companymay have saved the best bash for last. From December 13th through 28th – just a little over two weeks – Cirque du Soleil invited friends and fans alike to witness something genuinely spectacular as part of its 30th Anniversary celebrations: LE GRAND CONCERT – a truly unique event commemorating the company’s vibrant musical universe at the very heart of Saint-Jean-Baptiste church in Montreal, a venue was chosen for its wonderful acoustics as well as its spectacular architecture!

The idea for a concert celebrating the vibrant music of Cirque du Soleil found its creative spark during a musical summit held at the same church in 2009. When the Cirque cultivated ideas to celebrate its 30th Anniversary earlier this year, the team reflected upon the strong emotions provided during that summit. Gilles Ste-Croix, one of Cirque’s creative guides, mused: "Cirque du Soleil's music is extremely rich, but it's always supporting the acrobatics. We wanted to offer something more; we wanted to put our music to the fore. This time our music is the star of the evening!"

Ste-Croix worked with Alain Vinet, a DJ, musical producer, and Cirque’s in-house musical director, to create this event. “He’s done a wonderful job over the years,” Ste-Croix said. “So we offered him this possibility of gathering together all the music that covers the 30 years of Cirque du Soleil and putting the whole concept of music and chorus and singers into a format of a concert which will be played live.”

Over the course of three decades, twenty-odd composers wrote and arranged the music for the 35 shows created by Cirque du Soleil since 1984. Drawing their inspiration from world music, rock, jazz or contemporary sounds, the composers have added their own personal signature to each of the 35 productions. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: LE GRAND CONCERT is the embodiment of that mission.

 
Premiere: December 13, 2014
Finale: December 28, 2014
 
 

Creative Team


Artistic Guide
Guy Laliberté
Artistic Guide
Jean-François Bouchard
30th Ambassador
Gilles Ste-Croix
Event Designer
Véronique Dussault
Musical Director
Alain Vinet
Music Assistant
Thierry Angers
Arranger
Frédéric Chiasson
Choir Director
Gregory Charles
Pre-Concert Arranger
Claude Chaput
Musical Coordinator
Clara Antoun
  Executive Producer
Yasmine Khalil
Operations Director
Patrice Poulin
Delegate Producer
Denyse Ostiguy
Production Manager
Geneviève Lussier
Technical Director
Serge Poupart
Music Consultant
Benoît Groulx
Sound Designer
Mathieu Parisien
Lighting Designer
Bruno Rafie
 

Audio/Visual


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    CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: LE GRAND CONCERT brought together eight soloists, accompanied by twenty-eight musicians (led by FrédéricChiasson and Claude Chaput) and seventy choristers. Conducted by Mario Rouleau and produced by Luc Chatelain for Echo Media, this 90 minute musical odyssey - presented on television - took us through the emotion and poetry of the music of each of the 35 shows that Cirque du Soleil has created since 1984.

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    • Roxane Potvin { Career Details }
    • Dominic Dagenais { Career Details }
    • Audrey Brisson { Career Details }
    • Francine Poitras { Career Details }
    • Estelle Esse { Career Details }
    • Paul Bisson { Career Details }

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    Although devoid of any acrobatic numbers, most costuming, and the many other accoutrements associated with a regular live performance, Cirque du Soleil did choose to illustrate its evolution through story-form. HereZoe, the little girl from Quidam (Audrey Brisson-Justras), acts as our guide as we follow her through different stages of her life.

    1. "Ouverture" | CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
      Soloist: None

    2. "Atmadja & Reveil" | QUIDAM
      Soloist: Audrey Brison-Justras

    3. "Le Funambule" | CIRQUE REINVENTE
      Soloist: None

    4. "HaviVahlia" | NOUVELLE EXPERIENCE
      Soloist: Roxane Potvin

    5. "Pokinoi" | SALTIMBANCO
      Soloist: Francine Poitras

    6. "Ulysse" | MYSTERE
      Soloists: Mathieu Lavoie, Francine Poitras, Roxane Potvin

    7. "Kalimando" | MYSTERE
      Soloists: Audrey Brisson-Jutras, Estelle Esse

    8. "VaiVedrai" | ALEGRIA
      Soloist: Francine Poitras

    9. "Seisouso" | QUIDAM
      Soloisst: Audrey Brisson-Jutras, Mathieu Lavoie

    10. "Reve Rouge" | LA NOUBA
      Soloists: Paul Bisson, Estelle Esse

    11. "Nostalgie" & "Bridge of Sorrow" | “O” & DELIRIUM
      Soloist: Roxane Potvin

    12. "Ravendhi" | DRALION
      Soloists: Paul Bisson, Dominic Dagenais, Estelle Esse, Francine Poitras

    13. "Patzivota" | VAREKAI
      Soloists: Paul Bisson, Dominic Dagenais, Estelle Esse, Mathieu Lavoie, Francine Poitras, Roxane Potvin

    14. "Mio Bello Bello Amore" | ZUMANITY
      Soloist: Anna Liani

    15. "Aftermath" | KA
      Soloist: Audrey Brisson-Jutras

    16. "Volo Volando" | CORTEO
      Soloist: Paul Bisson

    17. "Because" | THE BEATLES LOVE
      Soloists: Paul Bisson, Estelle Esse, Mathieu Lavoie, Anna Liani, Francine Poitras, Roxane Potvin

    18. "Don't Be Afraid" | KOOZA
      Soloists: Audrey Brisson-Jutras, Dominic Dagenais

    19. "Shadows" | WINTUK
      Soloists: Audrey Brisson-Jutras, Anna Liani, Roxane Potvin

    20. "Kayala and the Poppies" | BELIEVE
      Soloist: Francine Poitras

    21. "Ardor Oris" | ZAIA
      Soloist: Francine Poitras

    22. "Hymn of the Worlds" | ZED
      Soloists: Estelle Esse, Mathieu Lavoie, Roxane Potvin

    23. "Brisa do Mar" | OVO
      Soloist: Mathieu Lavoie

    24. "The Snake Dance" | BANANA SHPEEL
      Solosists: Audrey Brisson-Jutras, Estelle Esse, Anna Liani, Roxane Potvin

    25. "Love Me Tender" | VIVA ELVIS
      Soloists: Dominic Dagenais, Anna Liani

    26. "Cum SanctoSpiritu" | TOTEM
      Soloists: Estelle Esse, Mathieu Lavoie, Roxane Potvin

    27. "Libra" | ZARKANA
      Soloist: Paul Bisson

    28. "Earth Song" | MJ IMMORTAL
      Soloists: Paul Bisson, Dominic Dagenais, Estelle Esse, Mathieu Lavoie, Anna Liani, Francine Poitras, Roxane Potvin

    29. "Scarlett Balancing" | IRIS
      Soloist: None

    30. "Whisper" | AMALUNA
      Soloists: Paul Bisson, Estelle Esse, Mathiew Lavoie, Francine Poitras, Roxane Potvin

    31. "Creature of Light" | AMALUNA
      Soloists: Paul Bisson, Audrey Brisson-Jutras, Mathieu Lavoie, Anna Liani, Francine Poitras, Roxane Potvin

    32. "Creature de Siam" | KURIOS
      Soloist: Estelle Esse

    33. "Taruka" | ALEGRIA
      Soloist: None

    34. "Alegria" | ALEGRIA
      Soloists: Paul Bisson, Audrey Brisson-Jutras, Dominic Dagenais, Estelle Esse, Mathiew Lavoie, Anna Liani, Francine Poitras, Roxane Potvin

    35. "Kumbalawe" | SALTIMBANCO
      Soloists: Paul Bisson, Audrey Brisson-Jutras, Dominic Dagenais, Estelle Esse, Mathiew Lavoie, Anna Liani, Francine Poitras, Roxane Potvin


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