Thursday, October 20, 2011

Cirque Week Dreams

Someday, I really, really, really want to go to Cirque Week in Las Vegas. As a Cirque du Soleil fan, one gets to attend a whole series of shows, plus sessions where you see the costumes of Mystere, or ask questions about the 11 stage lifts, 24 digital projectors, 204 moving lights and other technical aspects of The Beatles LOVE show. The session I'd most want to hear is this one:

Inside Cirque: An Exclusive Peek at the Business Side of the Show

Ever wondered where Cirque du Soleil recruits the performers and the skilled technicians who make the magic happen night after night? Ever curious about how they juggle 22 distinct shows playing simultaneously on five continents? Want the scoop on what’s next for the company? Find the answers to these questions, and many more at Inside Cirque: An Exclusive Peek at the Business Side of the Show. It’s your unique opportunity to hear firsthand from company President and CEO Daniel Lamarre, joined by a panel of key executives from numerous departments from Casting to Marketing, details of the myriad components that are vital to the success of Cirque du Soleil. Don’t miss out on this in-depth look at the company from a panel of experts brought together exclusively for Cirque Week.

Impossible to resist as an artist and industrial engineer.

It's all the rage to talk about spending one's money on experiences (like travel and music lessons) rather than things, because experiences stay with you and raise your overall level of happiness, but the joy of having a new thing wears off quickly. I agree with that in principle and would certainly like to do more activities like dance in Rome and attend Cirque week. However, it's worth noting that it's more complicated to buy experiences like travel when you would miss your little boys an awful lot because you're traveling a bunch for work anyway. I think we just have to wait until they grow up a little more and can go too. And in the mean time, there's Amazon.com and etsy. (Kidding!)

2 comments:

Bob said...

Now Cirque de Soleil is a world wide empire. Just to think in the 1980's they have to be bailed out by the French Canadian government.
Someone sure have a vision and leadership.

mayberry said...

There's an interesting docu-series on PBS that goes behind the scenes of the Big Apple Circus - very different production values from Cirque, of course, but interesting too. (And free!!)