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{2017} /// Re-Imagines Avenged Sevenfold’s Tour

    January 7, 2017 — In December of last year, Avenged Sevenfold (sometimes abbreviated as A7X) frontman M. Shadows revealed that the band would be taking the name of their new album, The Stage, to the next level at upcoming shows—partnering with theatrics giant Cirque du Soleil for the production. A7X is an American heavy metal band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1999. The band is known for its diverse rock sound and dramatic imagery in album covers and merchandise. [REVIEW]

{2017} /// "Just Like Us" Advertisement Series

    February 23, 2017 — A playful campaign was created that encouraged Las Vegas locals to get to know their neighbors by showing that Cirque performers are just like normal residents with ordinary daily lives. Starting with TV and outdoor ads, plus online and local print, artists from “O”, “KA”, and “Zumanity” were seen watering the lawn, picking up dry cleaning, and getting coffee en route to work. (Except that they do it a little differently than you and I in suit and tie). The artists were shown doing what we all do but in extravagant costumes and meticulous, show-ready makeup! Look for “O” ballerina Yuliya Eremina in Southern Highlands, “Ka” artists Barri Griffiths in Green Valley and Eric Henderson in Spring Valley and “Zumanity’s” Marina Tomonova in Enterprise. Cirque’s marketing director, Lou D’Angeli, explained his campaign: “We wanted to show the more human side of our artists who at times may seem superhuman and larger than life in our shows. At the end of the day, they are your neighbors.” [IMAGES | ARTICLE]

{2017} /// Cirque and Crayola Team Up

    March 1, 2017 — Crayola Experience and “La Nouba” teamed up for a month at the Florida Mall attraction. Visitors were able to create “La Nouba” masks and airplanes, have faces painted, and watch acrobats and musicians from the show in exclusive performances. Participants also got an up-close-and-personal look at an assortment of “La Nouba” costumes and props.

{2017} /// Art Garden - Montreal's 375th Anniversary

    June 8, 2017 — To mark the 20th anniversary of its involvement in the St-Michel district, and as a gift for Montreal's 375th Anniversary, Cirque inagurated an art garden. The project was born out of Guy Laliberté’s desire to establish art in public spaces for the benefit of the surrounding community. The flagship pieces of the new landscape design, which features a vegetable garden and a labyrinth devised by Cirque employees, include 16 Quebec artworks chosen from Cirque's corporate collection, which includes nearly 1,000 pieces. Launched 20 years ago to support the artistic community, the collection focuses on young creators and reflects a variety of art forms, such as painting, photography and sculpture. The collection also promotes a work environment that stimulates openness and creativity through contact with the arts.

{2017} /// Luzia Mural in Chichago's South Loop

    August 18, 2017 — To help honor Chicago’s Year of Public Art, Cirque du Soleil, in partnership with Columbia College Chicago and the Wabash Arts Corridor (WAC), commissioned local artist Gloria “Gloe” Talamantes to create a mural inspired by “Luzia,” a production whose images of butterflies and rain are captured in the work. [IMAGE]

{2018} /// Cirque @ 2018 Dubai World Cup

    March 31, 2018 — The opening and closing ceremonies at the Meydan Racecourse saw 28 acrobats and 42 dancers from all over the world put on a breathtaking performance, wearing 70 hand-maid costumes, while performing on an 86-meter moving stage that weighed more than 170 tonnes. "We developed an entirely new concept for the performance based on the theme 'Make the Desert Bloom'," said Fernand Rainville. A laser and special effects show was projected onto the grandstand and Meydan Hotel, even as flamethrowers enthralled the crowds, backed by a pyrotechnic drone show, along with giant heliosphere balloons carrying aerialists more than 40 meters in the air as they were illuminated by 10,000 confetti petals. FOTOS: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]

{2018} /// "Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival"

    August 14, 2018 — This original 75-minute production paid tribute to Monegasque history and culture. Set in a fantasy world, inspired by the glamour of the 1920’s, the performance carried the audience on a journey filled with exciting and fantastic adventures in search of love. The story begins in a Monte-Carlo casino where a valet falls under the spell of a ravishing demoiselle who makes her entrance on the arm of a wealthy man. They look at each other and are quickly reprimanded by the wealthy man. The valet gets back to work, dreaming about the woman, when suddenly, he passes in front of a mirror and is curiously drawn by his reflection. Everything changes and the adventure begins... 25 artists from 13 countries participated in the following acts: Cyr Wheel, Korean Plank, Chinese Pole, Corde lisse, Acrobatic Ladder, Handbalancing on Canes, Hair Hang, Beat Boxer, and Juggling. FOTOS: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]

{2018} /// Cirque Marks "88th Saudi National Day"

    September 23, 2018 — This record-breaking performance – which featured Cirque’s largest number of artists ever assembled for a special event – celebrated a future ‘Beyond the Horizon’. The production exclusively designed for this occasion, took place at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh in front of 27,000 attendees – making it one of the biggest Cirque du Soleil productions ever created for a customized event. A tailor-made 85 x 40-meter stage was designed and constructed especially for the occasion. Show Synopsis: As the sun sets on the horizon, a tribe of nomads gather on the dessert dunes in search of an oasis when a raging sandstorm sweeps across their encampment. The desert dwellers are whisked off to a surreal world and the wheels of the future begin to revolve. The encampment turns into a magical oasis where waterfalls flow upwards, and when the great falcon spreads its wings, a new sun rises over the horizon. The visual theme of the King Fahd International Stadium’s exterior is reminiscent of Bedouin tents. This design will be explored on stage as well, thus creating ‘a theatre within a theatre’ experience. The four elements will come into play with the tent structures and four enchanting mashrabiya-inspired lanterns to immerse the audience in a surreal realm where tradition inspires the future. The production blended the latest technological innovations in stagecraft, large-scale video projections, special effects, and fireworks with Cirque du Soleil’s signature style acrobatics. Intertwining storytelling with spectacular acrobatics, such as: aerial silk, suspended pole, rotating ladder, German wheel, fire manipulation and trampowall specialists, a group of unicyclists, a troupe of contemporary and hip-hop dancers, electric motorcycles, and even a free-flying Hoverboard. FOTOS: [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]

 

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