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Events: Beyond the Bigtop

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  2010-2012

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{2010} /// Canadian Pavilion at Expo 2010

    May 1, 2010 — Better City, Better Life. That's the theme of this World's Fair Exposition held in Shanghai, China where the universally known circus troupe has designed and constructed Expo 2010's Canadian Pavilion.

{2010} /// Cirque Helps Launch "Project Natal"

    June 13, 2010 — Microsoft, with Cirque's help, launched the software company's highly anticipated motion capture peripheral - Kinect - for the XBOX 360 gaming console. The event required a crew of 200 and a cast of 76 artists to pull off. The 45-minute production was held over 2 nights to 3,000 guests, and was filmed for a 30 minute TV program.

{2010} /// Cirque at "2010 NHL Awards"

    June 23, 2010 — Artists from Cirque du Soleil's "The Beatles: LOVE" performed at the NHL Awards ceremony held at the Palms Casino-Resort in Las vegas.

{2010} /// Cirque @ "Rotary International Convention"

    June 23, 2010 — Cirque du Soleil dazzled an audience for 1 hour at the Closing Ceremonies for the Rotary International's 2010 Convention held in Montreal. Over 14,000 spectators "said goodbye" to their yearly convention through the eyes of Cirque. The event itself was held from June 20th - 23rd. FOTOS: [01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11]

{2010} /// Cirque at "37th Daytime Emmy Awards"

    June 27, 2010 — Artists from Cirque du Soleil's KÀ perform at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. [FOTO]

{2010} /// "Festival of Light" in Charlottetown

    June 30, 2010 — Cirque performed a custom-made show for Charlottetown Summerfest June 30-July 4 — known as "Festival of Light". It had signed a three-year contract with the festival to return in 2011 and 2012; however, SummerFest 2010 did not go nearly as well as anticipated and both Charlottetown and Cirque canceled the agreement. [FOTOS]

{2010} /// Cirque at the "FIBA 2010 Championships"

    August 28, 2010 — As part of the inauguration ceremony, Cirque performed a specially-tailored production, followed by concerts by Turkish musicians Fatih Erkoc, Muslum Gurses and Sezen Aksu, as well as Italian tenor Alessandro Safina and Greek singer Haris Alexiou.

{2010} /// Guy Laliberte's Star on the Walk of Fame

    November 22, 2010 — Guy received a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, located strategically in front of the Kodak Theater, where Cirque launched IRIS (2010-2013). Guy was surrounded by some characters from "O" and by two characters from IRIS: "Camerman" and "Armchair".

{2010} /// Cirque at the "2010 Sprint Cup Awards"

    December 3, 2010 — Cirque performed a portion of Viva ELVIS at the 2010 Sprint Cup Series awards ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas. Featuring dance, acrobatics and live music in celebration of the king of rock ‘n’ roll, the performance presented popular Presley songs in a contemporary form that includes the voice of the superstar. [FOTO]

{2010} /// Courchevel: "In The Eye of the Storm"

    December 18, 2010 — Victor Pinchuk, Ukrainian steel magnate, media tycoon, and modern art collector, whose fortune Forbes estimates stands at $3.1 billion (£2 billion), spared no expense for 300 lucky guests invited to his 50th birthday party at the French ski resort of Courchevel. Here Cirque du Soleil Events, under the direction of Michel Laprise, put on a rousing performance fit for a Russian oligarch, featuring artists Wayne Hankin, Robyn Miranda Simpson, and Daniel Wurtzel amongst others.

{2011} /// Cirque @ the Consumer Electronics Show

    January 5, 2011 — Artists from Cirque du Soleil's VIVA ELVIS perform at the 2011 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas for SONY. FOTOS: [01, 02, 03, 04]

{2011} /// Cirque @ The Mashable Awards

    January 6, 2011 — The Mashable Awards Gala event brought together the entire Mashable and CES 2011 communities to Zumanity's stage. The event was hosted by comedian Baratunde Thurston, The Onion's Director of Digital, and the remix masters, Eclectic Method, got the crowd in a party mood. To spice things up, the Awards Gala also included acts and performances from Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity. FOTOS: [01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06]

{2011} /// Cirque at "38th Daytime Emmy Awards"

    June 19, 2011 — Artists from Cirque du Soleil's VIVA ELVIS perform at the 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. [FOTO]

{2011} /// Cirque @ San Diego Comic Con 2011

    July 21, 2011 — KA's death-defying stunts were witnessed in a totally new setting on Comic-Con’s opening night with a dramatic showdown on the outside walls of PETCO Park. Especially created for the occasion, the outdoor performance took place directly across the street from the San Diego Convention Center and included a display of dazzling 3-D projections. FOTOS: [01, 02, 03]

{2011} /// Cirque @ PIXAR Studios

    November 10, 2011 — Lee Unkrich, Director of Toy Story 3, tweeted that "we once joked that Pixar's atrium would be perfect for a Cirque du Soleil show. Today it happened." PIXAR's employees watched in awe as TOTEM's Duo Trapeze artists wowed them from above. [FOTO]

{2011} /// Cirque @ Moscow VTB Bank of Russia

    December 23, 2011 — The Cirque du Soleil Special Events team put on a 1 hour creation in Moscow for one of the largest banks in Russia - VTB Bank of Russia.

{2012} /// Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show

    February 5, 2012 — The Giants’ surprise victory over the Patriots made for an exciting Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The only thing drawing a bigger crowd that night was Madonna’s half-time show. Cirque du Soleil’s Michel Laprise and Jean-François Bouchard, set designer Bruce Rodgers, Madonna creative director Jamie King, and TV director Hamish Hamilton among others came together to create the performance. The challenge: create an enhanced, immersive visual environment around Madonna throughout a 12-minute, five-song performance. With unique concepts designed to evoke the emotions of each individual song, the idea was not only to enthrall those in attendance, but also deliver the stadium’s energy and excitement to the many millions watching from home. Among the larger-than-life scenes created for the show, one made the grid-iron appear to come alive as an entire football field was sucked under the stage in a massive, field-wide trompe l’oeil. Utilizing an integrated system of 3D animation and editing programs linked through a “Hippotizer” playback system, 32 HD projectors hung directly over the field combined to create a seamless interaction between projections, a dynamic LED stage, and stadium ribbon boards. The show took viewers on a journey through the songs. For the emotionally climactic finale, thousands of LED pixels drifted like a river’s current toward the center a darkened stadium. Where they pooled, they spelled out a message of “World Peace.” For a brief and awe-inspiring moment, the entire stadium shared an intention. FOTOS: [01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13]

{2012} /// Cirque @ "The 84th Academy Awards"

    February 26, 2012 — Cirque presented a wholly unique and exclusive performance for the 84th Academy Awards. The one-time-only event was presented as a tribute to the movie theater experience incorporating signature Cirque acrobatic elements and imagery along with classic film clips. It featured the largest Cirque cast ever assembled for a single act.

{2012} /// TOTEM at The Googleplex

    March 4, 2012 — The Rollerskating duo from TOTEM performed flawlessly in front of Google employees at the Googleplex, and answered questions about themselves, their act, and Cirque du Soleil. [FOTO]

{2012} /// "Le Voyage Inspiré" for Infiniti JX

    March 29, 2012 — Inspired by the all-new Infiniti JX, The Special Events team incorporated the all-new, 7-passenger luxury crossover into an approximately 11 minute performance, complete with 9 performers – all streamed live from Cirque’s HQ. Mario D’Amico, SVP, Cirque du Soleil Corporate Marketing and Wendy Durward, Director, Infiniti Canada held an interactive Q&A following. [FOTO]

{2012} /// Cirque @ The C2-MTL Conference

    May 26, 2012 — C2 Montréal is an immersive three-day event through a vast array of non-traditional experiences: world-renowned speakers, interactive exhibits, and collaborative workshops. C2 Montréal was imagined by Sid Lee in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, Microsoft, and Fast Company magazine. [FOTOS]

{2012} /// Astana: "The City of the Future"

    July 4, 2012 — An international team of over 60 performers, artists, musicans, and techical experts arrived in Kazakhstan's capital to produce "The City of the Future", an hour-long performance in celebration of Astana's 14th anniversary. The event was held on July 4, 5 and 6 in Kazakhstan Sport Palace and included several acts.

{2012} /// Cirque @ San Diego Comic Con 2012

    July 12, 2012 — Cirque du Soleil and Marvel Entertainment have teamed up to tell the story of the epic Las Vegas live production KÀ through a series of collectible comic books. The first installment debuted at the Marvel booth at Comic-Con 2012, July 12 – 15, in San Diego.

{2012} /// Cirque @ "The Helpmann Awards"

    September 24, 2012 — Less than two weeks after the Premiere of OVO in Sydney, the cast performed at the prestigious Helpmann Awards. It was the first act of Cirque du Soleil ever presented at the famous Sydney Opera House. FOTOS: [01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07]

{2012} /// Cirque Opens The Harrods Winter Sale

    December 26, 2012 — World famous department store Harrods began its much anticipated post Christmas winter sale with a Cirque performance. The sale, which was held in association with Macmillan Cancer Support, marked the 25th anniversary of Harrods sale openings, and was the first time that a performance act had declared the sale officially open. FOTOS: [01, 02, 03]


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