Posts Tagged ‘Grand Chapiteau’

“Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour” Finishes Up in Oakland Tonight – A Few Tickets are Still Available

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Last night’s show at the huge Oracle Arena was 90%-plus full, so I imagine it will be the same thing tonight. The seats aren’t cheap, but this is the official show from Michael Jackson’s family, so there you go.

Fundamentally, this is a Michael Jackson show for Michael Jackson fans (as opposed to it being a Michael Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil for a more general audience, if that makes sense.) For more on this topic, Chloe Roth does a good job of explaining things here in the Culture Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Here’s another opinion: “It’s amazing. Long, yet spectacular.”

Photo: OSA Images - ©2011 Cirque-Jackson I.P., LLC

Anyway, you’re never going to see the THIS IS IT Tour, so this is it, tonight is your last chance to see the substitute, your last chance to soak up the experience.

ZOMG, “Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour” Graces Oakland Today and Tomorrow – A Cirque du Soleil Production

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Well, this is something, huh?

Holy Toledo.

Photos: OSA Images - Costumes: Zaldy Goco - ©2011 Cirque-Jackson I.P., LLC

This looks sort of awesome, huh?

Tickets are still available…

All the deets:

“BAY AREA TOUR STOPS IN JANUARY 2012

SAN JOSE: From January 13 – 15 at HP Pavilion
OAKLAND: From January 17 – 18 at the Oracle Arena

San Francisco, CA – The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil are proud to present Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour™ in San Jose, on January 13, 14 and 15, 2012 at HP Pavilion, and in Oakland on January 17 and 18, 2012 at Oracle Arena. This once-in-a-lifetime electrifying production combines Michael Jackson music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil creativity to give fans worldwide a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the artistic genius who forever transformed global pop culture. Proudly sponsored by Sun Life Financial, the show is written and directed by Jamie King, the leading concert director in pop music today, and featured more than 60 international dancers, musicians and acrobats.

Tickets are on sale now for San Jose and Oakland performances of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour. Tickets are $50 to $250 each and are available at www.ticketmaster.ca  or 1-800-745-3000. For additional information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/MichaelJackson.

A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael’s creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour unfolds Michael Jackson’s artistry before the eyes of the audience. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.

THE IMMORTAL World Tour takes place in a fantastical realm where we discover Michael’s inspirational Giving Tree—the wellspring of his creativity. The secrets of Michael’s inner world are unlocked—his love of music and dance, fairy tale and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature.

The underpinnings of THE IMMORTAL World Tour are Michael Jackson’s powerful, inspirational music and lyrics—the driving force behind the show—brought to life with extraordinary power and breathless intensity. Through unforgettable performances Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour underscores Michael’s global messages of love, peace and unity.

Writer and Director Jamie King has been called one of the most influential “movers and shakers” in the music industry, and the “Jerry Bruckheimer of tent-pole concert tours” by Variety. A multiple Emmy Award® and MTV Video Music Award® nominee, he has choreographed some of the most popular music videos and directed some of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time. For the past 12 years, he has served as Madonna’s creative director, and most recently directed world tours for Rihanna, Celine Dion, Spice Girls, Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne. King has worked with an array of superstars including Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Shakira, George Michael, Elton John, Diana Ross, Jennifer Lopez and even Ellen DeGeneres. This is Jamie’s first show with Cirque du Soleil.

Cirque du Soleil returns to the Bay Area with a new Big Top production!
TOTEM from Cirque du Soleil opens in San Francisco on October 28, 2011 for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at AT&T Park; and in San Jose as of March 2, 2012 at the Taylor Street Bridge. For more information please visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/totem.”

Cirque du Soleil’s TOTEM is Totally Awesome – The Top Five Acts in Photos – But It Leaves AT&T Park Dec. 18th

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Well, the reviews are in for five star Yelp-rated Totem down at Le Grand Chapiteau tent in the parking lot of AT&T Park.

Nobody doesn’t want you to see this show:

Robert Hurwitt:‘Totem’ review: Whimsical vision shapes sweet show

Karen D’Souza: Review: ‘Totem,’ playing in San Francisco, one of Cirque du Soleil’s most magical productions

Leslie Katz: “High drama at Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Totem’

Chad Jones: Thrilling return to form in trippy Totem”

Cindy Warner: Totem in SF shows Cirque’s evolution into higher art form, totally dazzling

Practicalities:

Join the CirqueClub, why not?

They used to have 15% and 20% discounts but I don’t know how those links are working now. Costco San Francisco will sell you a pair of Category 1 (good seats, but not the best) for like $157, I think.

Even the cheapest Category 3 seats for $50-something aren’t all that bad, actually. How happy you’ll be depends on the particular act and your particular seat, I s’pose. You won’t be far from the stage at all but you will be off to the side.

Parking is $20 but you can always park for free in the evenings on Channel one block to the west, just south and west of the 4th Street Bridge.

All right, on with the show.

Roller Skates:

OMG, this one‘s off the hook. Is she going to hit her head on the platform? And just how many RPMs is she spinning now? Check out Massimiliano Medini and Denise Garcia-Sorta from a documentary here and don’t miss the start of their IRL romance at 2:30. This is the best act by far, IMO.

Fixed Trapeze Duo:

OMG, it’s Rosalie Ducharme and Louis-David Simoneau on the trapeze. Per Leslie Katz, “A trapeze duo cleverly plays out figurative as well as literal ups and downs of romance in a delightfully attitude-filled act.” Yep, pretty much.

Perches: 

Amazing. Aluminum poles, very bendy.

Russian Bars:

This is your “Aztec Astronaut stuff

Unicycles and Bowls:

So, you can figure out the rules of the game pretty quickly and then you can sit back and grade them on how they do. Very impressive. (What this has to do with evolution I have no idea, but anyway.)

Those are your top five acts in Totem.

All right, see you there!

Opening
Parallel bar and trampoline
Hoop dance
Rings trio
Clown act
Chinese unicycle and bowls
Foot juggling
Perches

Intermission

Devil sticks
Fixed trapeze duo
Cone juggling
Clown act
Hoop dance
Roller skate
Russian bar
Finale

OMG, Cirque du Soleil is Back! TOTEM Starts Friday at the Big Tent Near AT&T Park

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

You have your ticks yet for the new Cirque du Soleil coming to the AT&T Park area starting October 28th, 2011?

Alls I know is that 2011′s TOTEM is going to rock, hard, consistently and thoroughly, on a par with 2009′s oVo.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek from Stark Insider.

And learn about the “Aztec astronaut stuff” here.

Get the latest and see a few photos, below.

“Cirque du Soleil returns to Bay Area with TOTEM, its latest big top production written and directed by Robert Lepage. Proudly presented by iShares, TOTEMpremieres in San Francisco on Friday, October 28, 2011 for a limited engagement under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) located at AT&T Park.

Tickets are now available online at cirquedusoleil.com/totem or by phone 1-800-450-1480.

About Totem

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.

Under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, TOTEM brings together the following team of 12 Creators: Robert Lepage, Writer and Director; Neilson Vignola, Director of Creation; Carl Fillion, Set and Props Designer; Kym Barrett, Costume Designer; Bob & Bill, Composers and Musical Directors; Jeff Hall, Choreographer; Étienne Boucher, Lighting Designer; Pedro Pires, Image Content Designer; Jacques Boucher, Sound Designer; Pierre Masse, Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer; Florence Pot, Acrobatic Performance Designer; Nathalie J. Simard, Makeup Designer.

About Cirque du Soleil

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from close to 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities on five continents. For more information about Cirque du Soleil please visit cirquedusoleil.com 

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The Circus is Back at AT&T Park! Cirque du Soleil Returns with TOTEM – Starts October 28th – Here’s a 20% Discount

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Here’s how it went in the big parking lot of AT&T Park today.

All together now:

Via Kasey L. Ross – click to expand

And it’s good:

It’ll be huge inside when they get done putting everything together.

And oh, here, have a 20% discount. And they just added more shows, from December 12-18. And be sure to join the Cirque Club why not?

“Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production TOTEM is hitting San Francisco this fall, and friends of SF Citizen can receive 20% off select performances!

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that it will return to San Francisco with its latest big top touring production, TOTEM, starting Friday, October 28th, 2011. TOTEM will perform for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at AT&T Park.

TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. 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.

Fun for the whole family!”

This is going to be mega.

All the deets:

“CIRQUE DU SOLEIL RETURNS TO SAN FRANCISCO WITH A NEW BIG TOP PRODUCTION!
TOTEM
IT ALL STARTED TODAY WITH THE RAISING OF THE BLUE-AND-YELLOW GRAND CHAPITEAU AT AT&T PARK

Opens Friday, October 28 for a limited engagement

SAN FRANCISCO (October 20, 2011) – The first visible sign of the arrival of Cirque du Soleil and its live production TOTEM in San Francisco is the raising of the blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) and the set-up of the Cirque du Soleil Village.   This event took place today at AT&T Park in San Francisco where a team of 60-plus men and women have hoisted more than 100 steel poles from the ground up.

About the Grand Chapiteau and the Cirque du Soleil Village:

*    The Grand Chapiteau seats more than 2,600 people.
*    The entire site set-up takes 8 days. This includes installation of entrance, hospitality and rehearsal tents, box office, administrative offices and kitchen.
*    The Grand Chapiteau stands 19 meters high, 51 meters in diameter.
*    The 4 masts stand at 25 meters tall each.
*    550 pegs are required to hold the Grand Chapiteau firmly to the 4,500 square meters of asphalt.
*    The Grand Chapiteau, the Tapis Rouge and Artistic tents are all climate control with air conditioning in warm seasons or heating for colder seasons.
*    TOTEM travels via 65 trailers carrying more than 1,200 pounds of equipment for the tour.

Box office

Also as part of Cirque du Soleil village, a box office will be set up at the front of the Grand Chapiteau.  Regular box office hours are from 2 hours prior to show time to 30 minutes after beginning of the show.  The box office is closed on Mondays.

Tickets can also be purchased at all time online via www.cirquedusoleil.com/totem.

Performance schedule

As of October 28 for a limited engagement: Tuesdays through Thursdays at 20h; Fridays and Saturdays at 16h and 20h; Sundays at 13h and 17h; and dark on Mondays.

Cirque du Soleil to visit San Jose 2012

TOTEM will be presented as March 2, 2012 for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at the Taylor Street Bridge in San Jose. Tickets are available online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/totem .

Sponsors

Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges iShares®, Presenting Sponsor of the US 2011 TOTEM Tour as well as CGI, Xerox, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Infiniti, Sun Life Financial and American Express as the Official Sponsors.”
See you there!

ZOMG, “Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour” is Coming January 2012 – A Cirque du Soleil Production

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Well, this is something, huh?

Holy Toledo.

Photos: OSA Images - Costumes: Zaldy Goco - ©2011 Cirque-Jackson I.P., LLC

This looks sort of awesome, huh?

All the deets:

“BAY AREA TOUR STOPS IN JANUARY 2012

SAN JOSE: From January 13 – 15 at HP Pavilion
OAKLAND: From January 18 – 19 at the Oracle Arena

San Francisco, CA – The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil are proud to present Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour™ in San Jose, on January 13, 14 and 15, 2012 at HP Pavilion, and in Oakland on January 18 and 19, 2012 at Oracle Arena. This once-in-a-lifetime electrifying production combines Michael Jackson music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil creativity to give fans worldwide a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the artistic genius who forever transformed global pop culture. Proudly sponsored by Sun Life Financial, the show is written and directed by Jamie King, the leading concert director in pop music today, and featured more than 60 international dancers, musicians and acrobats.

Tickets are on sale now for San Jose and Oakland performances of Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour. Tickets are $50 to $250 each and are available at www.ticketmaster.ca  or 1-800-745-3000. For additional information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/MichaelJackson.

A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael’s creative world and literally turns his signature moves upside down, Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour unfolds Michael Jackson’s artistry before the eyes of the audience. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations.

THE IMMORTAL World Tour takes place in a fantastical realm where we discover Michael’s inspirational Giving Tree—the wellspring of his creativity. The secrets of Michael’s inner world are unlocked—his love of music and dance, fairy tale and magic, and the fragile beauty of nature.

The underpinnings of THE IMMORTAL World Tour are Michael Jackson’s powerful, inspirational music and lyrics—the driving force behind the show—brought to life with extraordinary power and breathless intensity. Through unforgettable performances Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour underscores Michael’s global messages of love, peace and unity.

Writer and Director Jamie King has been called one of the most influential “movers and shakers” in the music industry, and the “Jerry Bruckheimer of tent-pole concert tours” by Variety. A multiple Emmy Award® and MTV Video Music Award® nominee, he has choreographed some of the most popular music videos and directed some of the highest-grossing concert tours of all time. For the past 12 years, he has served as Madonna’s creative director, and most recently directed world tours for Rihanna, Celine Dion, Spice Girls, Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne. King has worked with an array of superstars including Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Shakira, George Michael, Elton John, Diana Ross, Jennifer Lopez and even Ellen DeGeneres. This is Jamie’s first show with Cirque du Soleil.

Cirque du Soleil returns to the Bay Area with a new Big Top production!
TOTEM from Cirque du Soleil opens in San Francisco on October 28, 2011 for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at AT&T Park; and in San Jose as of March 2, 2012 at the Taylor Street Bridge. For more information please visitwww.cirquedusoleil.com/totem.”

OMG, Get a 15% Discount on the New Cirque du Soleil Show, TOTEM – Starts October 28th, 2011

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Oh, here you go – 15% off.

Here’s the latest:

“Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production TOTEM is hitting San Francisco this fall, and friends of the SF Citizen can receive 15% off select performances!

Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that it will return to San Francisco with its latest big top touring production, TOTEM, starting Friday, October 28th, 2011. TOTEM will perform for a limited engagement under the trademark blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at AT&T Park.

TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. 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.

Fun for the whole family! Please click this link to enjoy a 15-percent savings.  

Also, don’t forget to download the new free Cirque du Soleil iPhone app for information on all of Cirque du Soleil’s shows worldwide and exclusive discounts!”

So that’s the news – if you use the special links above to get to their website, you’ll get a 15% discount. And if you don’t, you won’t. I don’t know how long this deal will last.

Anyway, now’s the time if you are at all interested.

And here’s a retread post with some more deets, below.

See you there!

 

You have your ticks yet for the new Cirque du Soleil coming to the AT&T Park area starting October 28th, 2011?

Alls I know is that 2011′s TOTEM is going to rock, hard, consistently and thoroughly, on a par with 2009′s oVo.

Get the latest and see a few new photos, below.

“Cirque du Soleil returns to Bay Area with TOTEM, its latest big top production written and directed by Robert Lepage. Proudly presented by iShares, TOTEMpremieres in San Francisco on Friday, October 28, 2011 for a limited engagement under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) located at AT&T Park.

Tickets are now available online at cirquedusoleil.com/totem or by phone 1-800-450-1480.

About Totem

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.

Under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, TOTEM brings together the following team of 12 Creators: Robert Lepage, Writer and Director; Neilson Vignola, Director of Creation; Carl Fillion, Set and Props Designer; Kym Barrett, Costume Designer; Bob & Bill, Composers and Musical Directors; Jeff Hall, Choreographer; Étienne Boucher, Lighting Designer; Pedro Pires, Image Content Designer; Jacques Boucher, Sound Designer; Pierre Masse, Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer; Florence Pot, Acrobatic Performance Designer; Nathalie J. Simard, Makeup Designer.

About Cirque du Soleil

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from close to 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities on five continents. For more information about Cirque du Soleil please visit cirquedusoleil.com 

OMG, the New Cirque du Soleil Show, TOTEM, Looks Awesome, So Get Your Tickets Now – Starts October 28th

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

You have your ticks yet for the new Cirque du Soleil coming to the AT&T Park area starting October 28th, 2011?

Alls I know is that 2011′s TOTEM is going to rock, hard, consistently and thoroughly, on a par with 2009′s oVo.

Get the latest and see a few new photos, below.

“Cirque du Soleil returns to Bay Area with TOTEM, its latest big top production written and directed by Robert Lepage. Proudly presented by iShares, TOTEMpremieres in San Francisco on Friday, October 28, 2011 for a limited engagement under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) located at AT&T Park.

Tickets are now available online at cirquedusoleil.com/totem or by phone 1-800-450-1480.

About Totem

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.

Under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, TOTEM brings together the following team of 12 Creators: Robert Lepage, Writer and Director; Neilson Vignola, Director of Creation; Carl Fillion, Set and Props Designer; Kym Barrett, Costume Designer; Bob & Bill, Composers and Musical Directors; Jeff Hall, Choreographer; Étienne Boucher, Lighting Designer; Pedro Pires, Image Content Designer; Jacques Boucher, Sound Designer; Pierre Masse, Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer; Florence Pot, Acrobatic Performance Designer; Nathalie J. Simard, Makeup Designer.

About Cirque du Soleil

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from close to 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities on five continents. For more information about Cirque du Soleil please visit cirquedusoleil.com 

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:

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL RETURNS TO BAY AREA WITH ITS LATEST BIG TOP SHOW  TOTEM 
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!

EXCLUSIVE OFFERS NOW AVAILABLE TO
CIRQUE CLUB MEMBERS ONLY
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 cirqueclub.com. 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.

About TOTEM
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.
Sponsors
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.