Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Spark of Life is Alegria

A Mystical Performance by CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

Cirque du Soleil (French for "Circus of the Sun," is an entertainment empire that was founded in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberte and Daniel Gauthier. Each show is a synthesis of circus styles from around the world. It has a blend of acrobatics and special effects, with its own central theme and storyline. They draw the audience into the performance through continuous live music, with performers rather than stagehands changing the props, and by having no curtains. Cirque produces 15 shows in every continent and the permanent shows in Las Vegas play to more than 9,000 people a night.
Alegría was created for Cirque du Soleil's tenth anniversary. The concept for the show was to be dark and heavy. Alegría! Alegría! Alegría!' Is Spanish for 'Joy! Joy! Joy!' Where I come from, it's what you say when you're in pain. It means life goes on."The show's main theme is about the abuse of power and the subsequent struggle for freedom. Alegría makes use of darker lighting and music than previous Cirque productions. The stage and the props use Gothic arches and harsh angular designs to attempt to invoke a feeling of oppressiveness.The music of Alegria has proven extremely popular and the show's soundtrack remains the best-selling Cirque du Soleil album to date.

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