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Cirque du Soleil Announces Return of “Alegria” to Toronto This September

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Cirque Du Soleil's "Algeria". (Photo: Cirque Du Solei)

Cirque Du Soleil’s “Algeria”. (Photo: Cirque Du Solei)

Cirque du Soleil has announced the return of Alegría, one of its most iconic productions, in a renewed version. After engagements in Montreal and Gatineau, Alegría, in a new light, will be presented under the Big Top at Ontario Place in Toronto for a limited engagement starting on September 12, 2019. For more information, visit cirquedusoleil.com/alegria.

Tickets for Alegría, are available online exlusively to Cirque Club members starting today. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind-the-scenes information. To join, visit cirqueclub.com. Public tickets for Toronto performances of Alegría will be available beginning February 22, 2019 at cirquedusoleil.com/alegria. Tickets start at $59.

For this new version, Cirque du Soleil reinterprets Alegría through today’s creative lens, including updated acrobatics and visual design, as well as new musical arrangements. Yasmine Khalil, Chief Executive Producer, explains the new approach: “Alegría is a rallying anthem for change and hope, which remains a powerful message today. Audiences and employees alike have asked for Alegría’s return for years, and our fans know that we thrive on innovation and creative risk-taking. For the first time ever, we are creating a distinctive new version of one of our most beloved shows, to ensure it will be as exciting and inspiring today as the original was in 1994.”

Guided by Director of Creation, Daniel Ross, the team behind the production includes members of the original creative team, along with new talent. “Through the process, we have been in regular touch with the original creators, such as Franco Dragone and Guy Laliberté, to ensure we reach the right balance between respecting the essence of the original show and reinterpreting it to meet the expectations of today’s audience”, says Daniel Ross, Director of Creation. “Franco reminded us that his works must evolve as they are not museum pieces, and his excitement was very encouraging. We hope this new version will touch the hearts of spectators in a new way and allow them to relive – or discover for the first time – the emotions that left their mark on millions of people.”

Composed by René Dupéré, the original Alegría soundtrack is the best-selling Cirque du Soleil album to date with memorable songs that have touched generations of spectators. For this renewed Alegría, Musical Director & Arranger Jean-Phi Goncalves revisits Dupéré’s legendary melodies to adapt them to the overall atmosphere and story of the new production. “Jean-Phi’s work is to now take these melodies and make them his”, says René Dupéré, Composer. “I’m very pleased with what I’ve heard thus far”. The first single of the revisit of Alegría, “Vai Vedrai”, is now available through digital download and streaming providers.

Get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the recording of “Vai Vedrai”, with Jean-Phi Goncalves: https://cirk.me/VaiVedrai-BTS

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