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Creations


Cirque
Réinventé


Création

Concepteurs
Musique
Personages

Expérience

1987

Handbalancing
Slackwire
Chair Balancing
What a Team!
Voltige
Korean Plank
Tower on Wheels
Trick Cycling

1988

Chair Balancing
Juggling
Korean Plank
Fil de Fer
Contortion
Handbalancing
Voltige
Tower on Wheels
Trick Cycling

1989 & 1990

Chair Balancing
Fil de Fer
Acrobatic Dance
Rola Bola
Trick Cycling
Tower on Wheels
Handbalancing
Juggling
Korean Plank
Trapeze

Odyssey

Évolution
Itinéraire
Visuals
Audio/Visual

 


Where magic is pure and fantasy real,
where dreams cease being just dreams...


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
 

Creative Team


Guide
Guy Laliberté
Director
Franco Dragone
Creation
Guy Caron
Costumes
Michel Crête
Choreographer
Debra Brown
  Composer
René Dupéré
Co-Composer
Benoît Jutras
Lighting Designer
Luc Lafortune
Set Designer
Andre Caron


Audio/Visual


 

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