Cirque du Soleil performer falls to his death

A Cirque du Soleil performer has died after falling onto a stage at a weekend show in Florida.
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Cirque Du Soleil Performer Dies After Fall at Florida Show

Cirque du Soleil confirmed the death Sunday of Yann Arnaud, a performer who fell during a Tampa, Fla. show on Saturday night, writing in a statement posted to Twitter that although “emergency procedures were immediately activated” after the fall, Arnaud later died of his injuries at the hospital. According to the statement, Arnaud was performing […]

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Cirque du Soleil Aerialist Dies After Fatal Fall During Show

Cirque du Soleil 'Varekai' Show After falling during a performance of Cirque du Soleil’s Volta on March 17, aerialist Yann Arnaud has died as a result of his injuries.
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After Two New York Flops, Cirque du Soleil Bets Big on Broadway

Determined to bring a long-running production to New York, the company mounts a $ 25 million musical called “Paramour.”
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Cirque du Soleil’s Drone Video, ‘Sparked,’ Is Pure Magic

Seems like Cirque du Soleil can turn just about anything into a mesmerizing performance — even drones.

A new collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich and Verity Studios features 10 quadcopters carrying out the kinds of complex synchronized dance maneuvers we usually see from the circus’ famed acrobats.

But what makes this clip amazing is the one thing it doesn’t feature: computer graphics.

You can see how the film was created in this “making of” video.

Verity co-founder Markus Waibel told Gizmag that each of the 10 drones was given a different personality, and that the entire film was shot in just three days.

“The collaboration resulted in a unique, interactive choreography where humans and drones move in sync,” Cirque du Soleil said in the description on YouTube. “Precise computer control allows for a large performance and movement vocabulary of the quadcopters and opens the door to many more applications in the future.”

(h/t Gizmodo)
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Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna: A Lost World Where Women Reign

On an island deep in the ocean mists, the moon rises over a mythic world where women rule the winds and tides. Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, now playing at Washington D.C’s National Harbor, captures the strength of the female spirit and the power of women’s voice in its new show from Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus.

A re-imagining of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Amaluna is a coming-of-age tale about the passage of feminine wisdom between a queen and her daughter. Along the way, young Miranda is guided by the ancient knowledge of a host of goddesses, a tribe of Amazons and her mother Prospera, the benevolent ruler of the island.

The Goddess Narrative

With a cast that is 70% women and anchored by an all-female band, Amaluna showcases some serious girl power. Its storyline taps into something even deeper.

In the collective imagination, we retain an undeniable fascination with the archetype of the warrior princess, the empress, the oracle, the dragon mother.

For what do we long?

Perhaps the goddess narrative speaks to us of some long forgotten magic and power that we can call upon in our times of need. Cirque du Soleil unveils this lost world where women reign in a performance that is at once magical and moving.

Musician and vocalist Julie McInnes, who stars as Prospera, is a force of nature on stage. “This show is a phenomenal celebration of what it means to be a woman,” says McInnes. “Amaluna celebrates female strength, from grace to technical ability. The cast feels that energy. The women are beautiful, strong, athletic and sexy.”

The Act of Transformation

Much like Disney Pixar’s Brave, Amaluna puts the mother-daughter relationship at the center of the story. “It represents that time when a mother is doing her best to make sure her daughter has the best start in life,” says McInnes. “I think about my own mother dropping me off at boarding school, the process of letting go. When Prospera brings on a storm, for her daughter it opens up the possibility of love.”

As Miranda makes the transformation from a girl into a woman, she learns to embrace and control her feminine power for love, strength and defiance, from a cast of characters that exude beauty and defy gravity. In a brilliant piece of casting, Miranda is portrayed by a contortionist who balances on the edge of an illuminated water bowl before taking the plunge and coming into her own.

The act of finding one’s self hit home with Andréanne Nadeau, the talented aerialist who plays the Moon Goddess. “I had been a dancer my whole life, but I didn’t know I would end up here,” Nadeau says, as she balances herself in a training hoop backstage. “Still, there was something inside me that pushed me forward, little by little. I just followed my passions and they led me here.”

The Healing Arts

Cirque du Soleil is famous for its fanciful reimagining of what humanity could be. Imagination is a precursor for social change, for it brings the impossible to life. The circus arts have been used for education around the world, including through Cirque du Monde, the company’s social good initiative to empower at-risk youth.

Creative expression, whether through dance and movement or poetry and song, has long been recognized as a transcendent experience that helps us engage the world in a new way. Stories told through artistic outlets are the mirrors in which we discover and find ourselves. “I don’t hide from my emotions when I perform,” says Nadeau. “Instead, I let them fuel my expression. If I am upset, frustrated, confused, happy, whatever it is I am feeling, I release it through my movement.”

The arts can help us tap into our own internal sources of strength and playfulness, darkness and whimsy. When we dream, when we perform, we act out our innermost desires, recreating ourselves and bringing our stories out into the light.

In the circus of the imagination, anything is possible.

Amaluna is playing in Washington D.C. through September 21, 2014. It will host a special benefit on September 19 to support social circus programs for youth.


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Cirque du Soleil Accident Leaves Performer Hospitalized

LAS VEGAS — LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Cirque du Soleil performer remains hospitalized after a fall during a show Friday night at the Aria resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

The performance company issued a statement Saturday saying the male artist was appearing in the “Wheel of Death” act during the 7 p.m. performance of “Zarkana” when he slipped and fell off the wheel. The act features two people who perform high-risk feats atop and inside a pair of spinning wheels rotating high above the stage, including rope skipping and jumps.

The company says the show was halted and the performer was taken to University Medical Center, where he was in stable condition and expected to be discharged in the next few days.

The company says it has a policy of not releasing performer’s names.

The accident occurred four months after a Cirque du Soleil acrobat died in a fall during a performance of the show “Ka” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

On Tuesday, safety officials announced plans to cite Cirque du Soleil and the MGM after investigators concluded 31-year-old Sarah Guillot-Guyard fell 94 feet to the floor below on June 29 when a wire rope she was suspended from was severed due to her rapid ascent.

Guillot-Guyard was the first Cirque du Soleil performer to die in an onstage accident in the company’s 29-year history.
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