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Cirque live action thriller is here . . .
R. U. N
R.U.N, the first live action thriller, is a distinct and complete departure from Cirque du Soleil as you know it.
Part Hollywood thriller, part graphic novel come to life, R.U.N is a new immersive entertainment experience that blends film and live storytelling. Written by Robert Rodriguez (Sin City and Alita: Battle Angel) and produced by Cirque du Soleil,R.U.N is an gripping new live show format for a new generation of Cirque du Soleil fans. It cannot be recorded or watched at home.
You can ONLY experience it live at Luxor . . . ARE YOU IN?
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Says show producer Gabriel Pinkstone, “We like to joke that ‘R.U.N’ is what happens when the stunt people send the acrobats out for coffee and then lock the doors behind them.”
The latest Cirque show is on fire with an inventive, immediate story for savvy audiences.
Cirque du Soleil is the worldwide leader in live entertainment experiences today
but it wasn’t always so . . .
STILTS ON FIRE
Small-town beginnings. . .
Baie-Saint-Paul is almost a bedroom community to Quebec City, Canada, with a population of about 7,300. In the early 80’s a group of street performers called Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul (the Baie-Saint-Paul Stiltwalkers) roamed the streets. Founded by Gilles Ste-Croix, the colorful performers juggled, walked on stilts, danced, played music and breathed fire!
A pair of stilts and a dream. . .
One of the street performers was a young man named Guy Laliberté who eventually became founder of Cirque du Soleil. But in those early days, his troupe was called Le Club des Talons Hauts (the High Heels Club).
In 1984 Quebec City was celebrating the 450th anniversary of Canada’s discovery by Jacques
Cartier. Guy Laliberté proposed a show called Cirque du Soleil (Circus of the Sun) to fulfill the desires of the organizers to find a group that could tour the province.
To raise money, Guy convinced his partner, Gilles Ste-Croix, to walk 56 miles on stilts.
And Cirque du Soleil was born. . .
Over the next three years Cirque performed in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and numerous other cities across Canada. As their popularity continued to grow their big top needed room for 1,500 spectators. One crucial factor for success was that Cirque didn’t use the animals associated with traditional circuses. Another crucial change was to use one large tent instead of the traditional three rings.
Quickly going international. . .
In 1987 Cirque du Soleil traveled to California to perform at the Los Angeles Art Festival, then moved on to San Diego and Santa Monica. The enthusiasm of these California audiences energized the troupe and opened the door for a 1988 North American Tour.
By the end of 1988 Cirque du Soleil was pronounced an unqualified success. Every performance had been sold out to critical acclaim. Cirque became one of the hottest tickets in America.
And staging multiple shows. . .
1990 was another notable year for Cirque. Its new production, Nouvelle Expérience, premiered in a new, 2,500-seat big top in Montreal and broke all previous box office records. Cirque was on the fast track to fame and that fame spread with the staging of “We Reinvent the Circus” in London and Paris.
Meanwhile, Japan got to experience Cirque for the first time in 1992, with shows sold out in Tokyo and numerous other Japanese cities. Adoring audiences couldn’t get enough.
Cirque comes to Las Vegas . . .
Cirque made its Las Vegas debut in 1992, bringing Nouvelle Expérience to a one year engagement under a big top at the Mirage.
Following this successful Las Vegas premiere, Cirque du Soleil moved into a purpose-built theatre at the new Treasure Island Hotel. Mirage Resorts showed confidence in Cirque and signed a 10-year contract to stage their show, Mystére.
Las Vegas proved to be the ideal home for Cirque, where it has entertained millions of visitors in the following years. Indeed, many Cirque shows have enjoyed very long runs in Las Vegas.
Indeed, Mystére is a perfect example and one of the most amazing and indelible entertainments ever to be staged. Its original run continues in Las Vegas today, 25 years later, a triumph of the modern circus that is Cirque du Soleil.
Not resting on early successes, Cirque also toured Europe with shows in Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna and Düsseldorf.
In 1997, Cirque opened an international headquarters in Montreal. The location became the hub for its businesses including where all Cirque’s shows would be created and produced.
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A milestone year . . .
1998 was a memorable year because Cirque entered the world of aquatics with their landmark production, O, premiering in a new theater at the Bellagio.
This was a huge international story, followed by the installation of a permanent show, La Nouba, at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Michael Eisner, former CEO of Disney, said La Nouba was one of the successes he is most proud of.
Cirque conquers IMAX . . .
2000, another notable year for Cirque du Soleil, saw their new large-format film “Journey of Man” hit IMAX theaters around the globe. Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, the live shows enjoyed aggressive ticket sales.
The film grossed $27.5M – a major success considering it was only released in 400 theaters.
The world on a string . . .
By 2002, Cirque du Soleil had eight shows either in residency or touring. What started out as a small street group in a town of 7,300 people was now an international phenomenon, entertaining the world and expanding into Mexico with its show Alegría.
In the same year, Cirque produced its first television series, “Cirque du Soleil: Fire Within” for North American audiences. It seemed the company and the brand had the Midas touch, developing one new show after another to international acclaim.
Cirque goes adults only . . .
But then the New York New York Resort Casino wanted a Cirque show. And Guy Laliberté wanted to develop something unique that wouldn’t compete with his other shows on the Las Vegas Strip. Thus, Zumanity was born. The adult-themed show combined erotic music and dance with acrobatics. Zumanity was a departure from the Cirque blueprint but the results were the same – big box office sales. A perfect hit for Las Vegas!
Reinvention . . .
The story of Cirque’s evolution and success is a remarkable story by any standard; a true rags-to-riches story of incredible imagination and hard work. For Guy Laliberté, who started out as a fire-breathing stiltwalker in a small Canadian town in 1984, it’s the culmination of a dream. In 2015, Cirque du Soleil was sold to TPG Capital, Fosun Industrial Holdings, and Canadian Pension Fund Manager Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. The deal netted Guy Laliberté $1.2B.
Still breathing fire . . .
When there’s a changing of the guard there’s usually a change in culture, strategy and ambitions. Cirque’s powerful international brand is a huge catalyst for Las Vegas entertainment. And though they may have tweaked the formula it’s still Cirque du Soleil – BRILLIANT!
For all it is and will continue to be, Cirque, Guy Laliberté, and his legion of performers, set designers, writers, musicians, choreographers and the rest, can be proud of what their masterful creations have delivered to audiences all over the world – joy worth more than the price of a ticket.
The hottest new show in Las Vegas is R.U.N and It’s. On. Fire!
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