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December 21, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
EVERY ONCE in a while, a 3-D movie includes a sequence that completely validates the technology, and there is one such moment in "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away. " It involves a beautiful and extremely flexible brunette, diving from the rim of a gigantic cocktail glass, arching as she hits the water to avoid the bottom, then revolving beneath the surface so that we may examine her artistry from every possible angle. To which one can only add: Make mine a double. "Worlds Away" is the latest visual wonderment from the 3-D Fusion camera systems of James Cameron, by way of "Shrek" director Andrew Adamson and the dozens of dancing daredevils who comprise Cirque du Soleil.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 12, 2011 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Cirque du Soleil, the international circus troupe noted for eerie live music and spectacular feats of human strength and daring, is making a brief stop at Temple University's Liacouras Center on its national tour. Quidam is one of many Cirque shows, and although it seems diminished from their circus shows I saw five or 10 years ago, including an earlier version of Quidam , there are still some reasons to gasp or murmur, "Amazing!" The show attempts a narrative: A little bored girl at home with her parents is suddenly spirited away to a place of wonder.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2001 | By Stephen B. Goldstein FOR THE INQUIRER
It may have the big top, the clowns and the acrobats, but don't expect Cirque du Soleil to look anything like the circus of your childhood. "The only thing we have in common is the word circus," says Sylvie Galarneau, Cirque du Soleil's artistic director. "We have the same roots, but there is not really a link. For a traditional circus, the acts and the animals were enough. . . . For Cirque it is really based on the performance itself. . . . We add a story line and fill it with emotions.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2002 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cirque du Soleil's Varekai is, by the end of the first act, a tribute to the human body. By the end of the second act, Varekai is positively elating, and here's one sure way to tell: At its first U.S. performance, Philadelphians were on their feet minutes before the show ended. And it wasn't to dash to their cars and beat the crowds. This was Thursday night, and people weren't popping from their chairs for a standing ovation, either; that came later, and induced four curtain calls.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2006 | By Eils Lotozo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The last time Cirque du Soleil made a stop in Philadelphia, with its 2004 show, Alegria, I confess I started to have doubts about the troupe. Though a longtime fan of Cirque's highly theatrical take on circus arts, the surprisingly clunky Alegria made me wonder if success had spoiled the Canadian company. Maybe it just wasn't possible to turn into an international entertainment conglomerate running seven touring shows and six permanent shows (in Las Vegas casinos and Walt Disney World)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2008 | By Toby Zinman FOR THE INQUIRER
The circus has come to town again! As you approach Cirque du Soleil's big blue and yellow tent on South Broad Street, kite-flying dancers greet you and suddenly the world seems a festive place. Cirque's brand of circus is full of music and exotic costumes and clowns, as well as breathtaking acts of daring and skill. (No animals.) This installment's title comes, my press kit tells me, from the Sanskrit word koza, which means something like "box" or "treasure chest. " And after the usual jolly pre-show pandemonium of clowns chasing clowns and flinging popcorn in audience members' hair, there appears a sweet little person with a kite.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2002 | By Eils Lotozo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eiko Ishioka dressed Jennifer Lopez in a suit of leather armor for the surreal thriller The Cell, put Gary Oldman in a scarlet robe with a 22-foot train in Bram Stoker's Dracula, and sent John Lithgow rolling down an immense circular ramp she designed for the Broadway production of M. Butterfly. For her latest project, the designer makes a creative statement with clown pants. Yellow and egg-shaped, they make performer John Gilkey look like an improbably tall baby bird bursting out of a shell.
NEWS
July 26, 2006 | By Melissa Dribben INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
During intermission on opening night at Cirque du Soleil's Quidam, a woman who had stepped outside for a breath of soggy air was overheard telling a friend, "I love listening to them sing in French!" Hermann Rorschach would have approved. Like the Swiss psychiatrist who presented inkblots to patients and asked them to interpret what they saw, Cirque's artistic creators write songs with invented language. With lines like "Pristi la dova con ta la dova michti grizzia," the lyrics are a musical cioppino, an almost intelligible linguistic stew: Esperanto with ear-y hints of Turkish, Russian, Greek, Latin, Arabic, and almost any other tongue you can imagine.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2001 | By Eils Lotozo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In an acrobatics studio with a 60-foot ceiling, eight figures in psychedelic-patterned cat suits swing from tall poles in an airborne ballet. Down the hall, in a workshop lined with giant rabbit ears and Medusa headpieces, a woman crafts a turquoise wig whose ponytail is made of plastic tubes. Next door, surrounded by iridescent green boots and red high-heeled sneakers, a shoemaker fashions a blue slipper as soft as a glove. This is "the Studio," Cirque du Soleil's immense, sleekly modern, custom-built headquarters.
FOOD
October 17, 2001 | By Maria Gallagher FOR THE INQUIRER
They fly through the air with the greatest of ease. They stand on lightbulbs en pointe while balancing other performers on their shoulders. They dive through hoops with the grace of dolphins, with no water to cushion their landings. And when they are done, the acrobats, dancers, gymnasts, jugglers, contortionists, stilt-walkers, musicians and clowns who perform with Cirque du Soleil are mighty hungry. "Look, he just took a second dessert," teased American-born Amrapali Ambegaokar, 23, who dances the role of an exotic water goddess in the production of Dralion that runs through Nov. 4 under the big top at Broad Street and Washington Avenue.
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September 13, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Enjoy the beauty of the nomadic spirit through acrobatics, music, and song as Cirque du Soleil's Varekai continues at Wells Fargo Center through Sunday. Embark on the journey with Icarus, who flies too close to the sun and falls to Earth. His fall lands him in Varekai, a beautiful tropical forest inhabited by fantastical creatures. The magical trip to Varekai, which means wherever in the Romani language, is conveyed through song and feats of acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, and trampoline artists.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2014 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
'Varekai" may mean wherever in the language of the Hungarian Romani, but the success of Cirque du Soleil's visually enthralling (if not athletically thrilling) show originated in a singular imagination: that of costume designer Eiko Ishioka. More than any other element of Varekai , Ishioka's more than 130 Lycra-based bodysuits create a world of human/plant/animal hybrids that engage the eyes and command attention. Stalks sprout from spines on woodland creatures; tendrils undulate like underwater anemones on the limbs of sea-dwellers; bodies burst with volcanic colors topped with hair that stands straight like obsidian thrust from a mountainside.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2013 | By Michelle Rindels, Associated Press
LAS VEGAS - The founder of Cirque du Soleil says his tight-knit performance company is "completely devastated" after a veteran acrobat died Saturday in a fall witnessed by the audience. The incident was the first stage casualty in the company's 29-year history, according to Cirque spokesperson Renee-Claude Menard. Coroner's officials said Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, was pronounced dead at a hospital late Saturday night after falling about 50 feet from the show's stage during a production of Ka at the MGM Grand.
NEWS
June 2, 2013 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
If Darwin could juggle . . . That seems to be the premise behind Cirque du Soleil's show Totem , now playing on the Camden waterfront. I don't know why it's called Totem . The press information said the narrative is about evolution; I actually couldn't find much of a narrative, despite the fact that it was written and directed by the avant-garde French-Canadian actor/director/filmmaker Robert Lepage. But narrative aside, Cirque du Soleil is always fun in a circusy way - trapeze artists, jugglers, acrobats, clowns - and it's great that it's back in the Big Top, the signature blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau, after several years at Temple University's Liacouras Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 2013 | By Elizabeth Horkley, Inquirer Staff Writer
It all began with a turtle - the origins of life, that is. Or at least that's how the producers of Cirque du Soleil imagine it. Cirque's Totem , which opens on the Camden Waterfront on Thursday, tells the story of humanity's journey from amphibian depths to "its ultimate desire to fly. " There will be plenty of flying, of course, given Cirque du Soleil's brand of gravity–defying theatrics - trapeze artists, aerialists, unicyclists, and, of...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2013 | By Rick Bentley, THE FRESNO BEE
This week's new DVD releases take you to worlds of fantasy, filmmaking, and furry heroes. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, Grade B : A young woman is pulled into a magical world of acrobats and artists. The film uses a rather standard boy-meets-girl plot to take the audience on a fanciful journey to a land of acrobats and artists who look at gravity as more of a suggestion than a law. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away should be appreciated like an abstract painting. It's beautiful to look at, but it isn't fully appreciated until you add in your own ideas about what all of the images are trying to say. There are positive and negatives of bringing the stage performance to DVD. It opens up the stage show to an audience who may have never had the opportunity, or the finances, to see one of the live shows.
NEWS
December 21, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
TATTLE LOVES the Internet as much as the next guy but occasionally it can be misleading. With big news stories, Internet sources are so eager to get stories up quickly, a lot of them turn out to be completely wrong. With the recent Newtown massacre, for instance, we quickly learned that the shooter's mother was a teacher at the school, that his father was killed in New Jersey, that he left his mother's Bushmaster rifle in the car and that his name was Ryan. That's Oh-for-four.
NEWS
December 21, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
EVERY ONCE in a while, a 3-D movie includes a sequence that completely validates the technology, and there is one such moment in "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away. " It involves a beautiful and extremely flexible brunette, diving from the rim of a gigantic cocktail glass, arching as she hits the water to avoid the bottom, then revolving beneath the surface so that we may examine her artistry from every possible angle. To which one can only add: Make mine a double. "Worlds Away" is the latest visual wonderment from the 3-D Fusion camera systems of James Cameron, by way of "Shrek" director Andrew Adamson and the dozens of dancing daredevils who comprise Cirque du Soleil.
SPORTS
October 8, 2012 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rather than wait for the ax, Colorado manager Jim Tracy resigned on Sunday, stepping down after his Rockies set a franchise record for losses. The Rockies said a search for Tracy's replacement would begin right away (the snow comes early in those high peaks), but they have no time frame for making a hire. (Translation: Anybody want this job?) Colorado finished last in the NL West this year while going 64-98. The Rockies went 294-308 under Tracy, who was promoted from bench coach in May 2009, the same year he was voted the NL manager of the year after guiding his team into the playoffs.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2012 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Fact: Children love to run around the house naked. Fact: Theater artists love to run around onstage naked. Despite this obvious creative kinship, parents are probably, understandably, hesitant about exposing their young children to 2012's bumper crop of Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe acts featuring performers in the buff. Not to worry. The curated Live Arts Festival offers plenty of opportunities for budding aesthetes to enjoy edgy new, age-appropriate (most are fine for kids 5 and up)
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