Posts Tagged ‘Cirque du Soleil’

OMG, It’s a Brand New Cirque du Soleil! TOTEM Under the Big Comes to S.F. and San Jose for 2011-2012

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

OMG, OMG, it’s a brand new show and they’re bringing the tent:

In San Francisco as of October 28, 2011
In San Jose as of March 2, 2012

That’s a ways off now, but do join the Cirque Club today, why not? It’s free.

This is going to be mega.

See you there!

Specially-priced tickets available!

San Francisco – June 8, 2011 – Cirque du Soleil returns to the Bay Area with TOTEM, its latest big top production written and directed by Robert Lepage. Proudly presented by iShares, TOTEM will open in San Francisco on October 28, 2011 for a limited engagement under the blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) located at the AT&T Park and in the spring 2012 in San Jose as of March 2 at the Taylor Street Bridge.
Cirque Club special offer

Specially-priced tickets for TOTEM in the Bay Area are now available to Cirque Club members for an exclusive period through June 26 (San Francisco) and September 18 (San Jose) at Cirque Club Membership is free and registration is quick and simple. Cirque Club members receive advance access to the best seats under the Grand Chapiteau, ticket upgrades, partner promotions and insider information on the world of Cirque du Soleil.

TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations.

Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.
Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges iShares®, Presenting Sponsor of the US 2011-2012 TOTEM Tour as well as CGI, Xerox, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Infiniti, Sun Life Financial and American Express as the Official Sponsors.

OMG, Quidam from Cirque du Soleil is Off the Hook! See It Down at Daly City’s Cow Palace Before April 17th

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

I’ll tell you, the only reason I know that the circus is in town is because it was on SFist the other day and I was like, well gee, I didn’t the memo on this one. Maybe it’s because it’s technically in San Mateo County on the east side of Daly City, this show didn’t get even a mention in the places where you think it might.

Well, I found that memo so I saw Quidam last night down at the Cow Palace* and let me tell you, everything in the joint, with maybe one exception, is totally off the hook, IMO.

This means that, in the opinion of Robert Sokol, I’m either:

1. A child: or

2. “Uninitiated

So, I don’t know, I’m not totally uninitiated in the sense that I saw bug-themed oVo a year and a half ago. Of course that was in a tent in SoMA and the Cow Palace is the total opposite of a high-cost tent in high-cost San Francisco. But I knew that going in, right?

Now do I think think that CduS sent its B-Team? Not at all. Everybody’s great. I wasn’t really into the gal up high on the swing bit, but that was the only act, IMO, that wasn’t amazing or that didn’t have something at the end that surprised you. And the clownish invite-audience-members-on-stage-gags were very amusing, very well done as well.

Oh, so there’s no review in the Chronicle, per se, but check out Sophie Brickman’s bit about what the performers eat on the road right here.

I don’t know, this is the second Cirque I’ve seen in my life so maybe that’s why I’m not offended by the idea of a human circus at the concrete and clay and general decay venue that is Our Historic Cow Palace.

Anyway, the fun ends this Sunday.

See you there!

All the credits after the jump

*Wow, the Cow Palace. Going there is like journeying into the past, into the 1960’s. I parked Mom’s Taxi across the street on Geneva instead of paying $15 to pahk the cahr in the yarhd. Good, good for me.


Bug Dancers Take Over Union Square to Promote OVO from Cirque du Soleil

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

See? This was the warm-up to show folks how to do the hottest(?) dance since the Macarena. If you were able to imitate these critters well enough, you could have won yourself free tickets yesterday, or something.



The name of the song is “Banquete” and the singing is in Portuguese. The translation is “Feast”

People have been practicing for weeks, as we see, in the Castro:


Here’s more of the action from yesterday.

Congratulations to all the winners!

OVO from Cirque du Soleil is Fantastic – A Must-See

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Don’t miss your chance to see OVO from Cirque du Soleil down at the Le Grand Chapiteau tent in the parking lot of AT&T Park. Hurry, the whole shebang is heading down to San Hoser next month. 

OVO is fantastic.

Here are a bunch of photos from Adam Lau, but it’s hard to show what the show is like without video. And even then, you still don’t get the sense of how close you are to the action. 

OVO’s been going been going for a week or so, but people were calling yesterday’s performance Opening Night – the food was free for some reason and there were a lot of San Francisco Swells and/or People You’d Recognize in the crowd, including Olympic Gold Medal-winning Kristi Yamaguchi – she’s now Twittering about how she was in “constant awe” last night.

Myself, I liked the suspended rope bit from Maxim Kozlov and Inna Mayorova best but the whole show was great.

The kiwi ants were memorable…


…and the very flexible spider was off the hook:

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All the fun ends January 24th, 2010

See you there!

Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at AT&T Park Wins a Good Review from The Critic

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Well, The Review from Robert Hurwitt is in, and it’s good. O.K. then.

But don’t pay the scalpers to see OVO, just get your ticks at the box office, or discounted at the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy(!?)

Here are the crickets, up to something or other. Click to expand:


See you there!

Brace Yourselves – OVO From Cirque du Solei is Opening on Black Friday

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Oh no, it’s OVO! The latest production from Cirque du Soleil is buzzing our way down at the Great AT&T Park Parking Lot south of SoMA in the “emerging” Mission Bay part of town.

Looks like the opener at 8:00 PM on November 27th is sold out, but seats are available for shows a few days later. 

An team of athletic insects got the word out around town last Friday:


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It’s going to be mega!

OMG, OVO! Fantastic New Cirque du Soleil Show Opens November 27th at AT&T Park

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Get your tickets now for OVO, the new insect-themed show from Cirque du Soleil. Now I know what you’re thinking about the prices but you don’t need to get  the best seats in the house – they aren’t four times better than the worst, so try to focus on that if you get a little sticker shock during our Great Recession.

Conversely, contact your sugar daddy now if you want to get ticks in the Tapis Rouge Categorie Prestige Premium Level, where even 2-year-olds have to pay $175 per. I mean, why even have a sugar daddy if s/he can’t come through with $500 for the two of you when the Biggest Show Ever to Hit San Francisco hits San Francisco November 27th through January 24th, 2010?

Me, I’ve never seen a CdS show myself but the video previews look fantastic.

Benoit Fontaine © 2009 Cirque du Soleil Inc. Click to expand:

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A bug’s life:

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This looks a little hard:

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So, even if you’re in the cheap seats paying $42+ as a child, student or senior or even $60 as a regular adult, you’ll be getting a good deal, a spectacle of live entertainment.   

I guarantee it!

See you there!

Cirque du Soleil will hold the U.S. premiere of its latest big top touring production Ovo in San Francisco on Friday, November 27, 2009 and on Thursday, February 4, 2010 in San Jose. Presented by iShares®, Ovo will perform for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at the AT&T Park in San Francisco (corner of Third St. and Terry A. Francois Blvd) and at the Taylor Street Bridge in San Jose (corner of Taylor Street & Highway 87) Membership is free and registration is quick and simple. Cirque Club members receive advance access to the best seats under the Grand Chapiteau, ticket upgrades, partner promotions and insider information on the world of Cirque du Soleil.Cirque du Soleil.Cirque du Soleil. This act is the most difficult in the world to execute in terms of the distance between stations. It combines many circus disciplines: banquine, Russian swing and swinging chair. The finale features 20 artists running; jumping and leaping straight up an 8m vertical wall.

Cirque du Soleil:
Guy Laliberté / Artistic Guide
Gilles Ste-Croix / Artistic Guide
Deborah Colker / Writer, Director and Choreographer
Chantal Tremblay / Director of Creation
Gringo Cardia / Set and props Designer
Liz Vandal / Costume Designer
Berna Ceppas / Composer and Musical Director
Éric Champoux / Lighting Designer
Jonathan Deans / Sound Designer
Fred Gérard / Acrobatic Equipment & Rigging Designer
Philippe Aubertin / Acrobatic Performance Designer
Julie Bégin / Makeup Designer

American Express are the official sponsors. Cirque du Soleil is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009. From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has more than 4,000 employees from over 40 different countries, including 1,000 performing artists.Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to almost 90 million spectators in over 200 cities on five continents. In 2009, Cirque du Soleilwill present 20 shows simultaneously throughout the world. The company has received such prestigious awards as the Emmy, Drama Desk, Bambi, ACE, Gémeaux, Félix and the Rose d’Or de Montreux. Cirque du Soleil‘s International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.Cirque du Soleil, visit
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The name Ovomeans “egg” in Portuguese. This timeless symbol of the life cycle and birth of numerous insects represents the underlying thread of the show. Graphically, Ovo hides an insect in its name: The two letter “Os” represent the eyes while the letter “V” forms the nose.

Ovois a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming withlife, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. The insects’ home is a world of biodiversity and beauty filled with noisy action and moments of quiet emotion.

When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives.

It’s love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.

Ovo is overflowing with contrasts. The hidden, secret world at our feet is revealed as tender and torrid, noisy and quiet, peaceful and chaotic. And as the sun rises on a bright new day the vibrant cycle of insect life begins anew.