Things That Make Us Smile: Cirque Du Soleil

Oh Cirque. The art, the make-up, the acrobatics, the movement, the music, and the style!

From Corteo to Ka to Quidam to Varekai – bright colors, dancing, balancing, and drama- beauty abounds. And then on to their other more pop-themed shows- Beatles Love, Viva Elvis, Immortal Tour- a graceful nod to those who inspired so many.

Rights: Cirque du Soleil

Founder: Guy Laliberté
Cirque du Soleil had more humble beginnings in Canada as a summer fair in Quebec in the 80s, but by the 1990s-2000s, Cirque du Soleil became expansive and has played on every continent save for Antarctica.

Rights: Cirque du Soleil

Factoid: The first themed show for Cirque du Soleil was Saltimbanco.

Factoid: Viva Elvis will end its run in 2012 in Vegas due to poor reception It may be replaced by Zarkana, depending on the success of the previews.

Rights: Cirque du Soleil

Factoid: Alegria was the first Cirque show that brought in the darker and more heavy themes that later became part of Cirque du Soleil’s appeal.

Rights: Cirque du Soleil

Factoid: Zumanity is an adult themed show meant to portray the more sensual aspects of Cirque Du Soleil. It is intended for mature audiences only. Once upon a time there was also a documentary of the creation and performance of Zumanity in Netflix. Give it a search under the title “Lovesick.”

Factoid: Quidam is Latin and is translated as “a nameless passerby.”
Sure, the videos and screenshots might be very pretty and eye-catching, but seeing the performance is a truly breath-taking experience. Get thee to the big top, stat!
(as a side note: if I could join the circus, I would be there in a heartbeat)

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