Cirque Du Soleil is back in Toronto for another breathtaking show, this time with a new version of Alegria for the show’s 25th anniversary! Alegria happens to be one of Cirque Du Soleil’s very first and most iconic shows that originally premiered back in 1994 and had been seen by more than 14 million people. The show’s success helped launch Cirque Du Soleil internationally so we are stoked to have them here in Toronto!
When you get to the Big Top at Ontario Place, as you take your seats you are greeted by some of the show’s characters entertaining the audience with a few jokes and fun music. The stage props are hidden so you really don’t see it coming how spectacular the evening will be!
From talented musicians and singers setting the different moods for the scenes, to the fire knife dance and synchronized trapeze duo this show will leave you in awe.
There is even a scene where the entire theatre gets its very own blizzard! The show is split into two acts with four incredible performances in the first half and five unique performances in the second act. There were so many mind-blowing scenes in the show; you really have to see it for yourself!
During the High Bars acrobatic performance, three bars are placed 10 meters above the stage and can accommodate 10 artists at a time. There is also a 12-meter long zip line on which artists are suspended only 3 meters above the audience. The stage area becomes an aerial playground where flyers soar to and from the arms of the catchers who happen to be suspended by their knees on a cradle swing. I couldn’t help but tense up watching them, it is amazing how coordinated and well timed these acrobats are.
Makeup is also a very important aspect of the show to help bring the characters to life. Cirque Du Soleil’s designers spent aprx 500 hours developing the makeup concepts and over 1000 hours teaching the artists how to apply it to their own faces. The number of items required for makeup is pretty incredible: 1,500 brushes, 2 km of foil paper, 12 gallons of coconut oil and 1.4 kg of glitter!
The costumes are something else – transforming the artists into characters only Cirque Du Soleil could come up with. These costumes took more than 20,000 hours to put together! The lead character Mr. Fleur’s costume alone took 300 hours to make and contained 5 meters of electrical wire. The show consists of 96 costumes and 533 different costume elements.
Truly a spectacular night I would highly recommend you go see Alegria! Tickets are available for purchase at cirquedusoleil.com/alegria
Alegria will be in Toronto until November 24th so don’t miss your chance to see it!
Photos by: Marie-Andrée Lemire
Costumes: Dominique Lemieux
Cirque Du Soleil 2019