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 Post subject: Re: Cirque du Soleil in Varekai
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2002 5:14 am 
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Paula Citron - Globe & Mail, July 27, 2002:<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>'More than mere spectacle'<P>Under the direction of a new creative regime, Cirque du Soleil's Varekai is a journey between dream and disillusion<BR></B><P>Varekai is a show of firsts. The previous 13 Cirque productions were all produced by the same core creative team. <P>Watson and his choreographer, Michael Montanaro, discussed the creative high of their grand adventure at a downtown hotel. Montanaro is the quintessential example of what motivated Watson's choice of visionary team members. Before closing his company, Montanaro Danse, in 1994, the American-born, Montreal-based choreographer was well-known as a multidisciplinary dance experimenter, incorporating new technology, particularly video, into his pieces. In order to work on Varekai, he took sabbatical from his post as acting chair of Concordia University's contemporary dance department. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR>To read more search PAULA CITRON on the <A HREF="http://www.globeandmail.com" TARGET=_blank>Globe & Mail</A> 7 Day Search


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 Post subject: Re: Cirque du Soleil in Varekai
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Robert Cushman - National Post, August 6 » 2002: <BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Cirquish delight</B><P>People are saying that Cirque du Soleil's new show is uneven. They're right. Varekai, the Cirque's 14th spectacle, fluctuates between the merely amazing, the frankly unbelievable and the outright sublime.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>[url=http://www.nationalpost.com/artslife/story.html?id={5A9B80B4-B419-4E3B-817B-B0D411E7294D}]<B>more...</B>[/url]<BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Cirque du Soleil in Varekai
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2002 9:41 am 
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In Robert Cushman’s review, he says this about the performers of a remarkable aerial act:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>They are from England, of all places...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Why would he be so astonished that remarkable circus performers could come from England? The performers mentioned in the review are not the first performers from England to join Cirque du Soleil. Besides, England has a long circus tradition. It is even credited with being the birthplace of the modern circus:<P><A HREF="http://www.bigapplecircus.org/About/ClassicalCircus/right.php" TARGET=_blank><B>ABOUT CLASSICAL CIRCUS</B></A><p>[This message has been edited by djb (edited August 06, 2002).]


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 Post subject: Re: Cirque du Soleil in Varekai
PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2002 8:30 am 
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GORD McLAUGHLIN - The Eye, 08.08.02:
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Cirque hits the heights

This show is all about visual wit and the defiance of gravity, but you must multiply this small example thirtyfold to appreciate the talented cast of nearly 60 and the heights to which they soar.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2002 7:30 pm 
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Review: Cirque Du Soleil Act Shines Less Brightly

By Richard Ouzounian

TORONTO (Variety) - "Varekai," the 13th production from Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil, faces a problem born of the company's massive success. more


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 Post subject: Re: Cirque du Soleil in Varekai
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Varekai is coming to Philadelphia on September 19th, the American premiere! The uneven reviews give me pause, but I can tell you the posters are intriguing-- they depict a sort of scarecrow-like figure flying through the air.


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 Post subject: Re: Cirque du Soleil in Varekai
PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2002 5:53 pm 
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Here is the link to the website and there is a picture that is perhaps the one that Katydid is talking about:

Cirque du Soleil: Varekai


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 Post subject: Re: Cirque du Soleil in Varekai
PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2002 8:42 am 
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From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Circus extraordinaire - Cirque du Soleil tweaks 'Varekai' for U.S. premiere
By Jonathan Takiff

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WHEN THE typical circus comes to town, the public relations people invite the media to interview the star acrobat, put on clown makeup or spend a day scooping up behind the elephants.

When Cirque du Soleil wants to drum up attention for a visit, it sends ahead its philosophicaldirector of creation, Andrew Watson, and equally high-minded lighting designer, Nol van Genuchten.
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 Post subject: Re: Cirque du Soleil in Varekai
PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2002 2:19 pm 
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These guys are coming to the SF Bay Area soon. From the Oakland Tribune.

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Big top artists
Canada's Cirque du Soleil continues to turn circus into fine art
By Chad Jones - STAFF WRITER

Andrew Watson's job title is ``director of creation'' for Cirque du Soleil's new production, ``Varekai.''

But the charming 43-year-old Londoner quickly corrects the title.

``It's actually creative director,'' he says. ``Director of creation is translated from the French and it sounds rather biblical.''
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 Post subject: Re: Cirque du Soleil in Varekai
PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2002 2:09 pm 
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The storm last night damaged the tent on opening night. Hopefully they're ok tonight. Here's an article from the Examiner.

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Brave new world
BY RACHEL HOWARD
Of The Examiner Staff

Meeting the "director of creation" of Cirque du Soleil's latest show is a lot like interviewing a movie or a rock star.

"Hopefully when people come out of the big top they've been touched by seeing a lot of people from all over the world helping each other to do one thing: Make a show that reaches people. Hopefully that makes people think a bit differently," he says.
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From Cirque's show expected to go on this weekend in the Contra Costa Times:

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The show was slated to go on Friday at 4 p.m. for Cirque du Soleil's show "Varekai!," which was forced to cancel Thursday night's opening performance due to winds of more than 60 mph, which were considered dangerous to the show's aerial acrobats and the tent in which they performed.
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 Post subject: Re: Cirque du Soleil in Varekai
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From 'Varekai' lives up to Cirque tradition by Pat Craig in the Contra Costa Times:

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AFTER LOSING its opening night to Thursday's windstorm, Cirque du Soleil's "Varekai" finally opened Friday afternoon as an enticingly bizarre port in a continuing storm.
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 Post subject: Re: Cirque du Soleil in Varekai
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From the SF Examiner.

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Strangers in a strange land
BY RACHEL HOWARD
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Mother Nature staged some chills and spills of her own Thursday night, threatening to blow Cirque du Soleil's signature blue-and-yellow tent right out of the Pac Bell Park parking lot as thousands huddled in wait for an ultimately canceled opening night performance. It's not easy to beat the thrill of impending natural disaster, but over the weekend the show went on, proving "Varekai" offers excitement to rival even elemental forces.
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 Post subject: Re: Cirque du Soleil in Varekai
PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2002 4:50 pm 
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From the Oakland Tribune.

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Visual delights, tricky stunts fill Cirque du Soleil's vivid `Varekai'
By Chad Jones - STAFF WRITER
Last week, officials at Cirque du Soleil's ``Varekai'' determined that the high winds buffeting the giant blue-and-yellow-striped tent set up in the Pacific Bell Parking lot would put audience and cast members in danger.

The opening-night performance was canceled, which is surprising only after having seen some of the outrageous stunts going on in that tent. These performers live with a fairly high degree of danger every day. It's a wonder they didn't see 70 mph winds and a quivering tent as the next level of challenge.
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 Post subject: Re: Cirque du Soleil in Varekai
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From the SF Weekly.

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Varekai
The concept's high and thin, but Cirque du Soleil still puts on a fabulous show
BY MICHAEL SCOTT MOORE

Cirque du Soleil puts on a fabulous show. "Varekai" is the Romany word for "wherever," and although the show starts with an Icarus-like fall of a winged man, or soul, into a mysterious forest, or primeval swamp, it doesn't have much of a story and amounts to nothing more than a tremendous spectacle of world-class acrobatics. Anton Chelnokov, as the winged man, does a heart-stopping sequence using a dangling net, from which he twists and swings the way lesser mortals swing from trapezes.
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