Cirque du Soleil’s Zaia | ĐOÀN XIẾC MẶT TRỜI VÀ HÀNH TRÌNH TRÁI ĐẤT
Zaia theo tiếng Hy Lạp nghĩa là Cuộc sống và đó cũng là tên vở diễn được kết hợp thể loại ca – vũ – nhạc – kịch – xiếc của gánh xiếc Mặt trời (Cirque du Soleil). Zaia đã được dàn dựng lần đầu tiên trong nhà hát Venetian Macau.
Zaia là câu chuyện về ước mơ chinh phục không gian vũ trụ của một cô gái trẻ, ước mơ vươn tới một cuộc sống thanh bình, tươi đẹp, khi khoảng cách giữa cuộc sống thực và những dài ngân hà không còn quá xa. Tại Venetian Macau, người xem sẽ được sống và cảm với những tinh hoa văn hóa của nhân loại…
ZAIA is the dream of a young girl who journeys into space on a strange, yet familiar voyage of self-discovery. As she travels, she encounters the beauty of humanity and eventually brings it back with her to share with the inhabitants of earth.
ZAIA presents a young girl’s perception of the stars and planets, space and infinity, all populated by a panoply of fantastic, literally out-of-this-world creatures. The title, ZAIA, comes from a Greek name meaning life and is also reminiscent of Gaia, the living, self-aware, spirit of earth.
ZAIA is a show that highlights dance, movement and aerial acrobatics, soaring to the farthest reaches of space and human beauty.
A marvelous idea began to take shape in the early 1980’s in Baie-Saint-Paul, a charming village nestled on the north shore of the St-Lawrence River, east of Quebec City. Les Échassiers de Baie-Saint-Paul (‘The Stiltwalkers of Baie-Saint-Paul’), a theatre troupe founded by Gilles Ste-Croix, walked on stilts, juggled, danced, breathed fire and played music. These young entertainers, among whom was Cirque du Soleil-founder Guy Laliberté, constantly impressed and intrigued Baie-Saint-Paul’s residents.
In 1984, during Quebec’s 450th anniversary celebrations of Jacques Cartier’s discovery of Canada, the province sought an event which would bring the festivities to all Quebecers. Guy Laliberté convinced organisers the answer was a provincial tour of Cirque du Soleil performers and it hasn’t stopped since!
From then on, Cirque du Soleil tale is that of a remarkable bond between artists and spectators from around the world. And it is the latter who feed the sacred fire of Cirque du Soleil.
Cirque du Soleil was built on values and deep convictions which rest on a foundation of audacity, creativity, imagination and our people: the backbone of our success.
Cirque du Soleil places creativity at the core of all its endeavors so as to ensure limitless possibilities. This is why the creative challenge is of the utmost importance with each new business opportunity, wether it is a show or any other creative activity.
Cirque du Soleil dream is also an integral part of its philosophy: To take the adventure further, step beyond its dreams and, above all, believe that our people are the engine of our enterprise.Cirque du Soleil offers its artists and creators the necessary freedom to imagine their most incredible dreams and bring them to life.
The International Head Office, located in Montreal, wishes to be an international laboratory of creativity, where our world’s best creative minds, craftsmen, experts on various domains and performers can collaborate on creative projects. By assuming the roles of catalyst and unifier, Cirque du Soleil is able to reinvent itself with each new chapter of its history.
ZAIA SHOW CREATORS
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- Guy Lalibert – Guide – “Cirque du Soleil began with a very simple dream. A group of young entertainers got together to amuse audiences, see the world, and have fun doing it.”
- Gilles Ste-Croix – Senior Vice President, Creative Content
- Neilson Vignola – Director of Creation – My role is to bring people to the creative challenge and go beyond it. I love what I do. I don’t think the job exists anywhere but Cirque.
- Gilles Maheu – Writer and Director – We have to rediscover the art of troubling, of overwhelming. I believe in a theatre of the emotions of the body. The stage is the centre of fire, of a hurricane, of a storm where forces alive and dangerous confront each other.
- Guillaume Lord – Set and Props Designer and Theater Concept – I don’t really have any regular visual signature. It’s always the show that drives my designs.
- Dominique Lemieux – Costume Designer – I have a penchant for noble fabrics and natural materials, such as linen and silk, that accentuate the natural beauty of the artists.
- Violaine Corradi – Composer and Musical Director – In circus, the music envelops the audience. It makes the audience feel the difficulties, the danger, the lightness or dizziness, and, sometimes, it can even reassure.
- Martino MÃ¼ller – Choreographer – Dance is simply about people expressing themselves, moving and revealing their emotional energy. And it is this energy that connects the dancers to the acrobats. In turn this energy also connects with the audience, linking human emotions in an inspiring way.
- Jeff Hall – Acrobatic Choreographer – Circus choreography is very physical theatre centered around the artists’ skills while driven by the emotions of theme.
- Rob Bollinger – Acrobatic Performance Designer – â€œA little fear is good because it keeps you alert. You don’t want to be careless when you’re diving 100 feet. That’s something I stress with the acrobats.
- Guy Lemire – Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer – In acrobatics we have the artists lives in our hands so their safety is our primary concern.”
- Axel Morgenthaler – Lighting Designer –Beyond revealing the magic of the artist’s expression, light has the power to make us believe we are elsewhere and transport the audience outside of the physical performance space into the realm of imagination.
- Jimmy Lakatos and Raymond Saint-Jean – Projections Designers – â€œGiven the expressive power and narrative complexity of the images that are used by artistic creations today, designers are employing video to tell stories rather than simply create textures or make backdrops for the stage.
- Steven Dubuc – Sound Designer – â€œSound design is one of the places where technology meets art. And with a Cirque du Soleil production, when you first walk into the lobby you’re already in the show, thanks to the sound environment.
- Nathalie Gag – Make-up Designer – â€œMakeup is a reflection of the character’s soul. It’s also a magic wand that sweeps away inhibitions.
- Leonid Leykin – Clown acts Designer – â€œI can stand on the stage and do nothing, and everybody understands what I want to say.
Set rising up on the three stage lifts
Height and more height: performers on the set, flown from the grid and on the proscenium wall
Fibre star cloth and projected constellations behind the cityscape by night
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