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A Special Event in the Principality of Andorra!

SCALADA is a unique and free outdoor event, developed by Cirque du Soleil's Special Events Team (45 DEGREES) for the Principality of Andorra. Either inspired by Andorra’s four seasons (the first and second years), or the country's more mystic legends (the third year), SCALADA was performed exclusively in the principality at 10:00pm during the summer months.  
Dates: Year 1: July 13 - August 03, 2013
Year 2: July 05 - August 02, 2014
Year 3: July 04 - August 01, 2015
Year 4: July 02 - July 30, 2016
Year 5: July 01 - July 30, 2017
Type: Outdoor Show

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    2013 • Scalada

    To capture people’s attention and charm a group of boaters, the four Seasons enter into a bit of harmless competition. In turn, but keeping to the natural order — Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn — the Seasons reveal their charms and use their most beautiful traits to impress.

    The competition suddenly becomes more serious, and the Seasons forget the audience that they are trying so hard to win over. It then falls to the group of boaters to show the Seasons that they are already involved in a love affair with Andorra, no matter what the season.

    The Concept

    Creative Team

        Bastien Alexandre   Creator and Director
        Jean Laurin         Lighting Designer
        Stéphane Boko       Choreographer
        Eric Noguès         Set Designer and props
        Johnny Ranger       Video designer


    • Opening — Volo Volando from Corteo
    • Aerial Straps — Svecounia from O
    • Skipping Ropes/ Bikes — Alambre Alto from Kooza
    • Flying Woman — Patzivota from Varekai
    • Clowns — Patzivota from Varekai
    • Cube/Korean Plank — Battlefield from KA
    • Chinese Poles — Qué Viyera from Totem
    • Acrosport — Toreador from Totem
    • Trampo-wall — Simcha from O
    • Finale — Hymn of the Worlds from ZED

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    2014 • Mater Natura

    Between July 5th and August 2nd, 17 one-hour performances of ‘Scalada’ were put on at an outdoor stage in the capital city of Andorra La Vella, with 3,000 free standing tickets on offer for each show.

    ‘Scalada’ was created especially for Andorra last year and combines spectacular acrobatics, costumes, lighting and scenery to tell the story of one of Europe’s smallest countries. Shows will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 2,000 paid-for tickets on offer in addition to the free standing passes.

    The Concept

    The synopsis is simple, two young hikers are punished for not having respected nature and are then embarked on a journey to the heart of Andorran nature with the aim of raising awareness. Guided by three muses in the colors of Andorra, the two young people realize that Andorran nature is strong but it is a fragile balance that must be preserved and protected. Through the four elements the viewer goes on an exotic journey of initiation.


    • Opening — Jeux d'enfants from Alegria
    • Overture — First Incantation from ZED
    • Spanish Web — Diables from Kooza
    • Water Bowl — Don't Be Afraid from Kooza
    • Hoop Diving — Oscillium from Varekai
    • Aerial Pole — El Péndulo from Varekai
    • Russian Bars — Fiesta from ZED
    • Hand to Hand — Kèro Hiréyo from Varekai
    • Flying Duo Trapeze — "Serbian Bossa" from Les Chemins 4
    • Acrosport — "Vintage Parade"
    • Cyr Wheel — Distorted from La Nouba
    • Death Wheel — Ninkou Latora from Dralion
    • Duo Strap — The Worlds Meet from ZED
    • Finale — Kamandé from Dralion

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    2015 • Storia

    From July 4th through August 1st, STORIA took patrons on an acrobatic and metaphorical journey through Andorra's more mystic side to trace the country's origins and learn its legends. Performances ran Monday through Friday (dark Saturday and Sunday) at 10:00pm. The show, which ran for 1 hour, was held in the public car park of the Parc Central, in the center of Andorra la Vella, and there was seating for 5,000 people at each performance. 30 minutes of entertainment was had before the show started.

    The Concept

    In a minimalist décor evoking the vaulted roof of a contemporary cathedral, somewhere between tradition and modernity, STORIA takes root in the founding legends of Andorra. The White Lady – the patron goddess and divine protectress of this luminous land – will open one-by-one the boxes containing the legends of this magical STORIA. The boxes will in turn reveal their acrobatic, aerial and choreographic performances – living symbols of the fabulous secrets of Andorra’s past.

    • SCENEOGRAPHY — As a counterpoint, at the show they wanted to recreate a more modern setting. The basis of this scenography are basic geometric forms (triangles, squares and circles), used to build a contemporary cathedral where legends come to life. This cathedral may remind the audience of the well-known architecture of the thermal centre Caldea, one of Andorra's trademarks. This structure is erected to be home to a giant modern-looking semicircle stage which will have a more spiritual aspect. This will represent both the cathedral and the Pyrenean mountains. This combination of modern and fantasy elements is the main scenographic challenge of this new show.

    • MAKE UP — The luminous makeup designs created for the mythical characters of STORIA will have a supernatural look and feel, echoing the spiritual and sacred context in which the characters evolve. Contemporary, graphical and minimalistic makeup designs will be created to convey the emotions of the cast.

    • SOUNDTRACK — Music will also be one of the fortes of the show, which will include melodies specially created for this occasion. SCALADA: STORIA will be impregnated with the characteristic range of colours of this Canadian company's musical work. Without sticking to a particular style, it will be composed of a range of fusions perfectly combining various musical categories.

    • LIGHTING — Lighting design stands out for its well-chosen angles, intensity and colours. These are also aligned with costumes and make-up. Lighting will enjoy a modern approach, combining the strength and dynamism of rock shows with the delicacy of theatre plays. Also, lights will play a key role within the show, since they will mark the transition among the various tales and the emotions they spark. So, the transition from one tale to another will go in hand with a change of colours integrated with accessories directly controlled by artists. These will also have an effect on ornamental elements, which in turn will also have integrated lighting.


    • Pre-Show — Flea Girls from OVO
    • Opening — Toreador from Totem
    • Flying Sphere — "Undae"/"Ooshou Dom Be" from from ZAIA/Les Chemins 5
    • Icarian Games — Aequor Oris from ZAIA
    • Aerial Cross Wheel — Caelestis from ZAIA
    • Slackwire — Super Hero from OVO
    • Trampo-wall — Birth of the Sky from ZED / Temperatio from ZAIA
    • Interlude — Running on the Edge from Amaluna / Comissatio from ZAIA
    • Rola Bola — Aquilex from ZAIA
    • Pas de Deux — Ballare from Dralion
    • Fire — High Temptation from ZED
    • Russian Swings — Fly Around from Amaluna
    • Finale — "Wenninsun" from Les Chemins 5

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    2016 • Vision

    Are you ready to experience sensations that you’ve never felt before? Be captivated by a magical stage design that will take you to a new dimension. Be swept away by the excitement as the finest acrobatics of the Cirque du Soleil. Enter a world where the lines between reality and fiction are blurred through a moving story. In this year's edition, you will follow the adventures of a brother and sister who have an indestructible bond between them: a closeness that reflects the family values of the Andorran culture.

    The Concept

    In this story, a brother and sister will be faced with finding themselves separated in a totally unknown universe. They will arrive in an imaginary, surreal and futuristic world, where they will travel between reality and fiction. Throughout their adventure they will come across many elements of their home town, but in a futuristic form. The little sister will let herself be ruled by her instincts until she becomes completely lost in this futuristic dimension. Her brother, meanwhile, will follow her footsteps in the hope of finding her, while immersed in a totally different experience. Separately, each of them must make this journey on their own, overcoming the challenges of their own reality. Their instincts and the strong bond of brother and sister will be the key to their meeting again. Each scene was carried along by the acrobatic, aerial and choreographic performances, which will evoke unmistakable aspects of Andorra.

    • SCENEOGRAPHY — This year, the stage makes way for video content to create a truly immersive atmosphere. The stage is built around the concept of a modular box that will whirl spectators between the disparate worlds of a brother and his sister. A series of movable, deconstructed façades provide a unique and mesmerising medium for the event’s storyline to unfold.

    • MUSIC — The musical arrangements have been crafted to conjure up two very distinct worlds: that of the brother and that of the sister. Not only are these distinctions the backbone of the story, but they will immerse spectators amidst a sensory experience, rousing a wide range of emotions. The sounds of a beat-boxer intermingle with the melodies of a live singer to deliver the event’s musical essence, which evinces the Cirque du Soleil’s musical expertise.

    • COSTUME DESIGN — The two distinctive worlds the event revolves around are further emphasised through the performer’s costumes: futuristic and linear designs mark the brother’s world, while colourful, imaginative and surreal ensembles represent the sister’s universe. All costumes draw from the reality of the brother and the sister, respectively.

    • LIGHTING AND VIDEO — Lighting is used to further the event’s narrative, while enhancing its acrobatic performances. Video projections envelop the brother and the sister in their respective worlds. The brother’s universe is evoked using straight lines, a modern atmosphere, bright lights and a clearly defined tech appearance. The young sister’s world, on the other hand, is more surreal, organic, colourful and innocent. The video takes on a second layer of meaning by interacting with the performers. At certain moments the video content is influenced by the action taking place on-stage.

    • ACROBATICS — The aerial acrobatics and choreographies were specially created with video projections in mind. The staging is inspired by a modular box allowing the main characters to travel between the two parallel worlds the story unfolds in. A brand new set of magical acrobatics will take the audience on a journey among these two dimensions, evoking the same emotions experienced by the event’s protagonists. This year’s event boasts more group performances than in previous years, making it all the more difficult and spectacular!

    • THREE UNIQUE MOMENTSThe City of Lights - The brother experiences, for the very first time, a futuristic world, made of lights and videos, where he meets beings from another time who change. These characters creates a fascinating world of movement. Lost amidst the chaos of that world, where dancers and acrobats perform in unison, he becomes fearful of it, yet unable to resist its pull. He will have to find his way through it to complete his quest: finding his sister. Craving Love - While seeking his younger sister, the brother finds himself in front of a fallen bridge. On the one side there stands a magnificent woman. The only thing connecting them will be the long rope - his only way across the bridge-, upon which they perform a poetic duo. In a tangible display of sensitivity, the duo bear each other’s weight so they can take flight. It’s an intimate moment where audiences will hold their breath, enveloped by the event’s visual poetry. (Duo Relation Act, created by Rigolo). And The Giant Door Finale - In the last act, the sister reaches a giant door, which stands between her and her brother, who is on the other side. She must find a way to get to him. Using her imagination, which will have helped her throughout her journey, she conjures up a series of characters who perform incredible acrobatic feats on a power track. The more impressive the acrobatics, the wider the door opens.

    Creative Team

        Mukhtar O. S. Mukhtar   Director
        Alexis Laurence         Scenographer and AudioVisual Designer
        Tony Adigun             Choreographer
        Bruno Rafie             Lighting Design
        Jean-Michel Caron       Sound Design


    • Intro — Departure from Kurios
    • Quatuor Aerial Strap — Once Upon A Time from La Nouba
    • Dance/Pole — "City of Light"
    • Projection — "Imaginary World"
    • Interlude — Superstar II from KOOZA
    • Trampo-Wall — Ephra from "O"
    • Tournik — Bella Donna Twist from Kurios
    • Interlude — Diables from KOOZA
    • Beatbox — "Beatbox"
    • Vertical Rope Duo — "Wings"
    • Triple Trapeze — Fiesta from ZED & Pursuit from KÀ
    • Power Track — Fearsome Flight from Kurios
    • Transition —Deep from KÀ
    • Finale — Nueva Era from JOYA

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    2017 • Stelar

    Presenting STELAR, the last chapter of the Scalada event series. Dare to fly up into the sky and discover the sensation of being in the clouds! In the world of STELAR, altitude rhymes with attitude, as the heights raise spirits. It is therefore on the highest peaks of Andorra, where the mountains meet the clouds, causing an exquisite feeling of reverse vertigo, that STELAR takes off. The show features a gallery of unique characters including the Dreamer, attracted to the life beyond the clouds, the very dogmatic Townspeople, the benevolent Giant, who has feet anchored to the ground but a head in the clouds, and the very aerial People of the Sky. Are you ready to unravel the mystery?

    The Concept

    Peacefully sleeping, a Dreamer is dreaming. She's dreaming of levitating above her bed and, as if by magic, she starts flying. But when she opens her eyes, she's immediately plunged into a nightmare, surrounded on all sides by a horde of invaders - the Townspeople. She is freed by an unexpected saviour, the Rebel, who manages to fight and repel the Townspeople. That's when she sees a figure walking on a wire hooked to the clouds. Slowly after beginning her slow ascent towards the sky, the Dreamer meets a mountain tribe at the summit of the mountains, who tried, by dint of fabulous incantations, to allow the Dreamer to tear herself away from the Earth's gravity. But when all her efforts have failed, a Giant suddenly emerges and, with the help of a Sherpa, helps her to cross the layer of cloud. In contact with the inhabitants of the clouds, the Dreamer finds herself endowed with strange powers. The laws of physics no longer exist; she flirts majestically with weightlessness and can finally reach her full potential. Faced with the dilemma of choosing between life in the mountains and life in the sky, at the very moment when the clouds are dissipating and the vault of heaven is finally within her reach, the Dreamer hesitates. But she realizes that even with both feet anchored to the ground, we are all connected to the infinite - to be considered, in turn and to dream, together, of greater than ourselves.

    • SCENEOGRAPHY For this 5th and final edition of the SCALADA series, Cirque wished to bring the action closer to the people, making them part of the action even more. With a new stage concept - presented on a 2-faced stage (similar to the original Delirium and CORTEO presentations) - STELAR can be watched from both sides, offering a new perspective, bringing everyone closer to the action, and delivering a more intimate big-top like experience. Danielle Labrie's environments for STELAR are both pure and bold. Through clever designs and modular elements, simple stenographic statements create a powerful effect and transport the audience across surreal worlds.

    • MUSIC — The soundtrack created by Felix-Antoine Couturier feels very cinematographic while tapping in both classical, pop, and folk roots. Music has always been a great tool for Cirque du Soleil to help convey the narrative, and this show is no exception. It was important for us to create original songs that would deliver the fantastic and energy in each scene.

      Feathers, crystals or sequins. Color combinations. Contrasts and brightness. The costumes of this edition, signed by Yso Siphay Southidara, are inspired by creators as disparate as Louis Vuitton or Nick Cave. Costumes strengthen each one of the characters that appear at the event. The costumes this year form a clever bridge between the classic legacy of Cirque du Soleil costumes and modern avant-garde fashion. Yso Siphay Southidara's, specially made designs, bring STELAR's characters to life in an impressive way.

    • LIGHTING — This year, Finnish designer Mikki Kunttu is designing the lights for STELAR. His voluptuous style and innovative vision pair beautifully with our two-way central stage. And this year's concept -with no projection content- is ideal to let the lighting design shine (pun intended) and almost become a character in itself.

    • ACROBATICS — Under Edesia Moreno Barata's trained eye, all our high-level acrobatic acts are reworked and choreographed so our artist's prowess's can really translate the epic story of STELAR. She uses her deep knowledge of Cirque du Soleil's acrobatics to bring the extraordinary of human performance to a higher level.

    Creative Team

        Benjamin Dupont            Director
        Carine Charaire            Co-Director & Choreographer
        Olivier Casamayou          Co-Director & Choreographer
        Edesia Moreno Barata       Assistant Director & Acrobatic Performance
        Danielle Labrie            Stage Designer
        Alexis Laurence            Scenographer
        Félix-Antoine Couturier    Composer
        Yso Siphay Southidara      Costume Design
        Edesia Moreno Barata       Choreographer
        Mikki Kunttu               Lighting Design
        Eleni Uranis               Makeup Designer


    • Hand to Hand — Mason Bryce Ames & Valérie Benoit Charbonneau
    • Dancer/Back-up Act — Cinthia Pedroso Beranek
    • High Wire — Christopher Dafydd Keith Bullzini
    • Russian Bar — Carole Demers, Andrei Saladonau, & Anatolie Sandou
    • Swing to Swing — Evgeniia Goriacheva, Ekaterina Koroleva, Dina Krasko, Anastasiia Melikhova, Anastasia Nagibina, Olga Nikulshina & Anastasiia Sokolenko
    • Trapeze — Uuve Hanna Jansson
    • Wheel of Death — Rony Sascha Navas Velez & Ray Guthy Navas Velez
    • Dancers — Guillaume Quéau, Daniele Sibilli & Thierno Thioune
    • Bungee Loops — Laurence Racine Choinière
    • High Stilts — Adam John Read
    • Balancing on Chairs — Rokardy Rodriguez
    • German Wheel — Olivier Sylvestre
    • Acro Lamp — Alexis Vigneault


    • Opening — "The Dreamer"
    • Trapeze — "Flying Awake"
    • German Wheel — "The Citizens"
    • High Wire — "The First Attempt"
    • High Stilts — "The Tall One"
    • Balancing on Chairs — "Reaching the Clouds"
    • Swing to Swing — "Les Habitants du Ciel"
    • Dance Interlude — "Inverted Gravity"
    • Acro Lamp — "Day and Night"
    • Aerial Strap — "Torn Apart"
    • Wheel of Death — "Space Walk"
    • Finale — "Celebració"

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