Montreal, September 17, 2018 – Cirque du Soleil is happy to introduce the creative team behind Alegría – The Return of an Icon, a revisit of one of its most iconic productions, which won over more than 14 million spectators. Strongly inspired by the original spirit of Alegría, the creative team’s mission will be to touch today’s audience by bringing to the stage a renewed vision of the show.
Guided by Director of Creation Daniel Ross, the team behind Alegría – The Return of an Icon includes creators who have worked on the original show in 1994, along with new talent. Jean-Guy Legault, renowned for his bold, innovative productions, will oversee the stage direction. His work has been showcased at events and venues across Quebec, including the Just For Laughs Festival, Théâtre Denise-Pelletier, Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, Théâtre du Rideau Vert and Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM). His role will be to honour the memories of an entire generation of fans and recreate the emotions they felt, while making sure the show remains just as inspiring as it was 25 years ago. Jean-Phi Goncalves, renowned for his work as musical director for Série Hommage – the Cirque du Soleil tribute series presented every Summer in Trois-Rivières, will revisit the legendary soundtrack of Alegría originally composed by René Dupéré. Dominique Lemieux, the show’s original Costume Designer, and Nathalie Gagné, original Make-up Designer, will also join the team to dive back into the creation of their iconic work using modern techniques and innovations.
“Our biggest challenge lies in finding a balance between respecting the essence of the original show, and reinterpreting it to meet the expectations of today’s audience,” said Daniel Ross, Director of Creation for Alegría – The Return of an Icon. “Together, we want to touch the hearts of the spectators and make them relive, or discover for the first time, the emotions that left their mark on millions of people.”
Alegría – The Return of an Icon will be presented under the Big Top, at the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal starting April 18, 2019, and at ZIBI’s site in Gatineau starting August 1, 2019.
Alegría – The Return of an Icon showcases the creative talent of 15 creators, under the artistic guidance of Daniel Fortin, Vice-President of Creation and by Gabriel Pinkstone, Producer:
Director of Creation Daniel Ross
Stage Director Jean-Guy Legault
Production Manager Lucie Janvier
Set & Props Designer Anne-Séguin Poirier
Composer René Dupéré
Musical Direction and Arrangements Jean-Phi Goncalves
Costume Designer Dominique Lemieux
Acrobatic Equipment Designer Pierre Masse
Associate Acrobatic Equipment Designer Kevin Fauquembergue
Director – Coaching & Performance (Acrobatic content) Richard LePage
Lighting Designer Mikki Kunttu
Sound Designers Jacques Boucher and Jean-Michel Caron
Make-Up Designer Nathalie Gagné
Technical Director Christian Laflamme
About the Show
Alegría – The Return of an Icon is Cirque du Soleil’s 44th original production since 1984, and its 19th show presented under the Big Top.
Beloved by fans around the world, iconic Alegría comes back to share its timeless story once more. The classic power struggle of old meets new is reinterpreted for today’s cultural pulse. Led by an intangible wind of change, an emerging movement strives to shake the established order, instilling hope and renewal to bring light to a world in perfect harmony. Alegría energizes fans with a joyful spirit for a brighter and inspiring tomorrow.
Tickets for Alegría – The Return of an Icon in Montreal (starting April 18, 2019) and Gatineau (starting August 1, 2019) are on sale starting at 10am today at cirquedusoleil.com/alegria.