Alegria was our first tent show, in 2003. This was FINALLY happening, nearly 20 years after their first and only appearance at our world's fair, in 1986! Needless to say, EVERYBODY bought tix and I think they sold out in less than a couple of days, which for it's time very unusual for our city and anything 'cultural', lol!
Anyway, I always remembered the two singers, the main theme song, most of all of it, heh heh. And I too have the cd, the programme, and the video to watch again and again. It's still always been my first fave.
"You always remember your first time..."
Zed now comes second. I was so ready for that show (TPR Japan Tour'11), already owning the cd and knowing it's history, at the time. Finding out it was closing (end of 2011) made me feel so sad, for the company, the musicians AND the theatre, lol! The whole experience there at Zed, I could just imagine like it was/is, in Orlando and La Nouba, having never seen that one.
Nrthwnd wrote:Alegria was our first tent show, in 2003. This was FINALLY happening, nearly 20 years after their first and only appearance at our world's fair, in 1986! Needless to say, EVERYBODY bought tix and I think they sold out in less than a couple of days, which for it's time very unusual for our city and anything 'cultural', lol!
I have a friend that was a performer in Alegría at that time and if I recall correctly the Vancouver and Calgary runs were two of the fastest selling touring shows in the company's history. The entire five-week Calgary run sold out in a matter of hours which was their fastest selling touring show ever. And I believe that record still stands.
^ Well like I said, the first and only time before Alegria arrived in town, was in 1986 when they (literally) debuted at EXPO 86 at the end of the fair. And they were one of The Big Hits there. And then..... never came back.
So I guess we were a bit "starved for Cirque" when 2003 came around and Alegria was announced, lol.
azza29 wrote:^Ovo is playing in Melbourne at the moment, and I'd agree it's not up to their usual standard. The acrobatics remain stunning but almost too perfect - there's no suspense in the performance. Maybe Cirque has jumped the shark - so many shows playing in so many locations around the world that they're struggling to keep it fresh.
I think now they are focusing more on the production side of things: innovating with lighting/video/set automation/sound, which I personally think is cool even if the acrobatic side of things are just more of the same.
On Saturday, Michael and I went up to see Cirque Musica at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo...it was wonderful!
Obviously no where near the Cirque shows in Vegas, but the performers did very well to work with what little room they shared with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra - very well done!
I told Michael I don't know how those performers can get into some of the positions that they do to pull off their acts. I would probably collapse after doing 25 jumping jacks let alone be able to touch my toe to my nose or be able to climb a 25 foot fabric rope upside down with my feet!
Nouvelle Expérience when it was in a tent behind the Mirage here in Las Vegas Saltimbanco Mystère Alegría Quidam O La Nouba Dralion Varekai Zumanity KA Corteo Delirium The Beatles LOVE Koozå Criss Angel Believe OvO Viva Elvis Totem Zarkana Iris Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour Michael Jackson ONE
I can say I have had the privilege to see almost every single Cirque Show that has ever been created, I wish I can see them all, I love them!
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