October 9, 2011 |
Cirque du Soleil says it loves the movies, and evidence suggests that the whimsical Montreal-based circus troupe isn't kidding. Cirque's latest show, "Iris," which opened last month at the Kodak Theatre to strong reviews, is an acrobatic mash note to cinematic marvels. Its French director, Philippe Decouflé, is an unabashed fan of Busby Berkeley musicals. The troupe's owner-founder, Guy Laliberté, keeps a home in the Hollywood Hills and counts director (and fellow Canadian) James Cameron among his friends.
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December 14, 1996
Cirque du Soleil, the internationally known French-Canadian circus, will hold general auditions for future productions Monday and Tuesday in Irvine and other Southern California sites. The circus employs more than 1,250 people internationally, including 231 performers for four separate productions. Athletes and acrobats can jump and tumble their way into the circus with tryouts from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Orange County Tumbling Academy, 15281 Barranca Parkway, Irvine.
June 30, 2006 |
Four fabulous ghosts hang around the brilliantly cluttered set of "Love," Cirque du Soleil's new pop-theatrical extravaganza, officially opening tonight in the revamped Siegfried & Roy Theatre at the Mirage hotel. Those jovial phantoms are the Beatles, whose music and social influence provide a story for the troupe's latest redefinition of the circus' big top.
June 18, 2011 |
It had all the trappings of a Hollywood red-carpet opening: a crush of journalists, free food and a carefully orchestrated buzz of anticipation. But the hullabaloo at the Kodak Theatre on Thursday morning was due not to the premiere of yet another superhero would-be blockbuster, but to the arrival of a new kid on Hollywood Boulevard: Cirque du Soleil. This summer, the Montreal-based entertainment behemoth will be launching a planned 10-year residence at the Kodak, where a posse of 75 acrobats, aerialists and clowns will perform Cirque's latest big-top extravaganza, the movie-themed "Iris.
September 21, 1989 |
The first time Cirque du Soleil pitched its sky-blue-and-goldenrod-yellow big top on California soil, it was in Little Tokyo. The year was 1987; the targeted occasion, opening night of the Los Angeles Festival. According to Cirque founder-director Guy Laliberte, the entire future of the Montreal-based troupe was riding on that single show.
October 15, 2004 |
Cirque du Soleil will mount a Las Vegas production based on Beatles music, replacing the Siegfried & Roy show at the Mirage hotel and casino in 2006, the partners in the project announced Thursday. Beatles producer George Martin will oversee the music. Neither of the surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, will perform, but they issued statements supporting the project, as did Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison.
February 25, 1991 |
What astronaut Neil Armstrong said when he landed on the moon may safely be applied to the touring Cirque du Soleil, which arrived in Costa Mesa over the weekend: "That's one small step for a clown, one giant step for clownkind." This hypnotic, dazzling, one-ring "circus of the sun" touched down for the first time ever in Orange County with an inspired display of theatrical vitality, the likes of which are rarely to be seen under any Big Top tent.
November 18, 1999 |
The big top has entered the Digital Age. This week, Columbia TriStar offers the DVD of the acclaimed Cirque du Soleil's magical "Quidam." The production was filmed in Amsterdam in April, after having toured the United States for three years. Directed by David Mallet, who did the recent "Cats" video, "Quidam" tells the story of a young girl who has seen it all and now believes the world has little to offer her.
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February 7, 1997 |
The Romantic poets would know what I'm trying to say here. What I want to say belongs in an ode, not a newspaper column. The poets understood that aesthetic beauty in whatever form had a power that went beyond a momentary treat for the eyes. "A thing of beauty is a joy forever," Keats wrote, and I wish I could write a line to capture my thoughts after attending Cirque du Soleil this week.
September 2, 1987 |
The Los Angeles Festival officially opens Thursday with a very '80s update of an antique entertainment form--the Big Top. But not your average, everyday three-ring circus. Within the confines of its 1,550-seat tent on a downtown lot at 1st and Alameda streets, the 30-member French-Canadian circus troupe Cirque du Soleil hopes to reshape the roadshow-and-sawdust tradition of the circus with modern technology.