Some may consider this show, viewed by more than 6 million spectators since it was launched a decade ago, a sure bet. When we saw it, It offered a mixture of theatre, musical, and circus act under one roof, or more accurately one tent. The use of light, sound and music, costumes and theatrics all combined to enhance the show.
Cirque du Soleil Alegria , which means joy in Spanish, delivered acrobatics, music, and staged performances. We felt, especially in comparison with other Cirque du Soleil shows, that this show would benefit from some warmth and passion – some alegria.
Choreographer Debra Brown
Composer Réné Dupéré
Director Franco Drangone, who was also director of “O”, Mystére , La Nouba, Quidam and Saltimbanco
Director Of Creation Gilles Ste-Croix
Duration 2.5 hours with a half hour intermission
Type Of Show A mature audience oriented circus type musical and theatrical review with 56 performers and musicians from 13 countries. Cirque du Soleil Alegria was staged in a portable tent with a diameter of 165 feet and supported by 85-foot-high steel masts and able to seat 2,500 spectators.
Alegria Village: One hundred forty staff from 19 countries travel in 50 trucks and haul 1000 tons of equipment. The company includes 56 artists, two physiotherapists, five chefs, four teachers and a number of technical and administrative staff. They establish a self contained area including the tent for the show, box office, kitchen, school, offices, and warehouses. The “village“is self sufficient for electrical power. It requires local water and telecommunications services.
Year Established 1994
Would You Watch This Show Again Not our first choice