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Events: Beyond the Bigtop

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  1995-2006

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{1995} /// G-7 Halifax Special

    June 16, 1995 — Special performances are staged by Cirque du Soleil for the dignitaries attending the G-7 Summit in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the behest of the Canadian Government.

{1996} /// Cirque at "1996 Olympic Games"

    July 31, 1996 — Guy Laliberte and Gilles Ste-Croix were creative consultants in the creation and production of the Atlanta Olympic Games' opening cermony. In collaboration with AT&T, the major sponsor for the U.S. Tour, Cirque brought two acts from Quidam to Atlanta. Handbalancing was presented as the first part of the Santana concert on July 31, and German Wheel opened Ray Charles’ and Joan Osborne’s concerts, August 1 and 2.

{1997} /// Pomp Duck & Circumstance

    June 12, 1997 — In 1997, Cirque du Soleil joined with Pomp Duck & Circumstance to revitalize their upscale dinner theatre concept formula and stage a brand new cabaret-style show in Hamburg. Gilles Ste-Croix was chosen as director for the production. Under a beautiful wooden tent-like structure, guests watched an unforgettable performance by 45 waiters while dining on an epicurean feast fit for a king.

{2001} /// "Zoom Zoom!" - Alegría & BMW

    January 10, 2001 — When Alegría began its new Grand Chapiteau tour of the Asia-Pacific region in Australia, car maker BMW jumped at the chance to sponsor the tour. The Managing Director of the BMW Group Australia, Mr. Uwe Hartmann, said the sponsorship was an exciting and spectacular addition to BMW's expanding support programme for Australian performing and visual arts. "Alegria represents high performance, innovation, excellence and exhilaration - all core BMW values which are shared by our customers," he added. For the sponsorship, BMW produced and displayed a series of pictures featuring the two contortionists.
    FOTOS: [01, 02, 03, 04]

{2001} /// "Under the Bigtop" Exhibit

    April 6, 2001 — As Dralion took the United States by storm, over in a little corner of the country, Cirque du Soleil took part in an exhibit of the circus and its arts for Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. The exhibit, entitled “Under the Big Top”, ran from April 6th to September 9th.

{2002} /// "Got Cirque?" Milk Campaign

    February 15, 2002 — Those amazing people who created the "Got Milk?" campaign have done it again. Using two of the Mongolian contortionists from "O", the Milk industry gives Cirque the milky moustache! "Try this at home.*" ... "*We mean the drinking milk part. Lowfat milk helps prevent osteoporosis and keeps your bones supple." [FOTO]

{2002} /// Cirque at "74th Academy Awards"

    March 24, 2002 — For five minutes Cirque was the focus of the 74th Academy Awards. It took four months to create the special show - featuring acts from some of their most popular productions.

{2002} /// "Four Flowers, One Desert"

    June 13, 2002 — Cirque du Soleil performers were on hand as Cirque du Soleil and MGM Mirage announced their new partnership for two new projects on the Las Vegas strip. The first, a show at the New York, New York Hotel & Casino to open in 2003 (Zumanity) and a second show at the MGM Grand, which is expected to open in 2004 (KÀ).
    FOTOS: [01, 02, 03, 04]

{2002} /// Cirque at "The Golden Jubilee Gala"

    October 10, 2002 — Queen Elizabeth II was treated to a performance with artists considered some of Canada's foremost cultural ambassadors - including, of course, Cirque du Soleil.

{2003} /// The Royal Variety Performances

    November 24, 2003 — A gala evening held annually in the United Kingdom is attended by senior members of the British Royal Family, usually the reigning monarch. And Cirque du Soleil has been invited to perform four times (1995, 2000, 2001 & 2003)

{2004} /// Cirque @ "We Are the Future" Concert

    May 16, 2004 — Music legend Quincy Jones in conjunction with MTV: Music Television, Yahoo! and XM-Satellite Radio, brought together an all-star cast for a benefit concert - "We Are The Future". The event, which was held at the Circus Maximus (near the Colosseum) was broadcast globally on MTV Networks and simulcast live on XM Satellite Radio.

{2004} /// IHQ Cirquesters' Time Capsule

    June 16, 2004 — In honor of Cirque's 20th Anniversary, IHQ Cirquesters put together a few selected mementos of the company safely away in a time capsule, which is due to be opened no earlier than 2024. The artifacts inside paint a picture of what the company was at the time of burial, and a little bit of each any every touring production and office site open at the time.

{2004} /// Varekai in Z!NK

    October 28, 2004 — ZINK's November 2004 issue celebrates with artists from Cirque du Soleil's Varekai.

{2004} /// "A Meeting with the Pope"

    November 10, 2004 — The cast and crew of Cirque du Soleil's Saltimbanco visited the Vatican while on tour and had a touching meeting with Pope John-Paul II.

{2005} /// Cirque at "Vancouver 2010 Logo Launch"

    April 23, 2005 — Two performances specially created by Cirque for the organizing committee were helped launch the official logo of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. The special presentation, which was aired on CTV at 7:00pm Vancouver time or 10:00pm in Montreal, were put together from a talented team from "O", including: seven artists, six riggers, and under the artistic direction of Rob Bollinger (Artistic Director), and Krista Monson (Artistic Coordinator), and under the technical direction of David Chabira (Head Rigger). FOTOS: [01, 02, 03]

{2005} /// Cirque at "Expo 2005 - Aichi"

    May 9, 2005 — Cirque du Soleil enlightens visiting nationals to the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan (a city east of Nagoya). Three Nostalgic Old Birds entertained attendees in front of the Pavilion while the Alegría Musicians and White Singer interpreted two of the show's songs inside. The Expo itself ran for 185 days between March 25th and September 25th. [ FOTO ]

{2005} /// Reflections in Blue

    July 15, 2005 — Cirque du Soleil presented a unique opening ceremony event to kick-off the XI FINA World Championships in Montréal: a tribute to the importance of water in our lives.

{2005} /// Cirque at "Party for the Senses"

    October 1, 2005 — As Walt Disney World Resort guests wander from one taste station to another, guests enjoy spectacular performances from artists currently performing in La Nouba.

{2005} /// Cirque back in Ink with Z!NK

    October 5, 2005 — Z!nk Magazine, which featured Varekai in a photo essays last year, has done it again. Their October, 2005 issue features, along with a section celebrating 100 years of Las Vegas, photo spreads from all four current Cirque Vegas shows, totaling 90 pages.

{2005} /// "Humble Beginnings" - Cirque's Mural

    October 7, 2005 — On Friday, October 7, 2005, dozens of Cirque du Soleil employees and many members of the Las Vegas community gathered to celebrate the official dedication ceremony of Cirque's Centennial Mural, Humble Beginnings.

{2005} /// Cirque at "Festival of the Masters"

    November 11, 2005 — Every year La Nouba takes part in this art festival where more than 200 honourees from around the country showcase painting, photography, glasswork, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, and jewellery.

{2006} /// "Manhattan Invaded by Angels!"

    April 27, 2006 — With New York City playing host to a number of Broadway and off-Broadway productions, competition in the entertainment industry is fierce. Marketing shows in the Big Apple becomes a huge challenge. For Corteo's 2006 visit, the task was colossal, but Cirque's Marketing Department stepped up and decided to put up the biggest poster they could - right in time's square!

{2006} /// Cirque at "The Logies"

    May 7, 2006 — Cirque made a special visit to the Australian TV "Logie" Awards to perform a selection of highlights from past visits, including Saltimbanco, Alegría and Quidam. Plus a sneak preview of the (at the time) upcoming tour of Varekai. The live performance included 10 artists from 4 countries working together for the very first time.

{2006} /// Cirque at "Tempio di Venere"

    May 19, 2006 — Located near the Coliseum, the Tempio di Venere (or Temple of Venus) is considered to be the greatest temple in all of ancient Rome, and with the exception of the Pope, no one had ever been allowed to use this fantastic venue. The performances were part of the activities held for the World Food Programme's global launch of "Fight Hunger: Walk the World", mobilizing hundreds of thousands of people in a walk to call for an end to child hunger. [FOTO]

{2006} /// "Circle" at World Out-Games

    July 29, 2006 — Cirque was invovled in the opening ceremonies surrounding the 1st World Out-Games held at Montreal's Olympic stadium. The troupe performed three very special creations under the direction of Michel Laprise.

{2006} /// Cirque at "IFA Opening Gala"

    September 1, 2006 — Cirque du Soleil presented a unique hand-to-hand act at the IFA 2006 Opening Gala, a German Consumer Electronics trade fair. PHOTOS: [01, 02]

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