Beginning in LaSalle in 1987 and ending in Paris in 1990, Le Cirque Réinventé
(or "We Reinvent the Circus"), is the show that brought Cirque du Soleil into
the limelight, creating nothing less than a phenomenon. Cirque banked its success
on the North American West by performing outside their native Canada at the Los
Angeles Festival in summer 1987. From there the show cross-crossed the North American
Continent before picking up stakes and traveling across the pond to England
and France. By today's standards the production is a simple one, without story
or theme, but if you look hard enough you can see a simple thread, the beginnings
of a tapestry.
The show actually begins in the audience, where a dozen or so performers,
clad in an assortment of street clothes, hide quietly, masquerading as
ticketholders. The performance begins as they are then "selected," one by one,
with a great deal of fanfare, to come into the ring and put on a little show.
They make up a Capra-esque everyman's village: A slouch-shouldered and
bespectacled businessman, a prim schoolteacher, a little girl, a teenager
in jersey and baseball cap. Timidly, they perform a few pathetic tricks,
showing off a couple of dance steps or maneuvering a simple handstand.
Suddenly, as though rising from the seething belly of the earth, the King of
Fools appears in a cloud of white smoke. In the blink of an eye, he transforms
seemingly ordinary people into a ringmaster, acrobats, and clowns. In this
ode to the child living inside each and every one of us, flamboyant characters
"contaminate" regular folk, who suddenly become circus artists. These everyday
characters go on to discover their true colors, letting out the folly and
playfullness buried deep inside them, which eventually shines through
for all to see. By doing so, they begin to show us that this
playfullness is inside of each us as well. They begin to dance about...
Joined by the Queen of the Night and her helpers (the Infants),
she produces the atmosphere from which the transformed people
play out their destiny. With the help of the ringmaster transformed
into Ti-Claude, he will guide you towards your destiny. Our destiny.
Le Cirque Réinventé
has won many awards including - La Rose d'Or 1989, Montreux, Switzerland;
Emmy Award 1989, United States; four Gemini Awards 1989, Canada; Ace Award 1990,
National Cable Television Association, United States; Silver Medal 1990, and the
32nd New York International Film and TV Festival.
|Premiere: ||May 7, 1987
|Type: ||Touring / Bigtop
|Finale: ||December 30, 1990