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Tour Title: Cirque du Soleil Backstage Tours for Theatre Scholars and Professionals - part 1 | O at Belagio Hotel
Tour Date: Friday, August 4, 2017
Tour Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Tickets Available: 20
Ticket Price: $25/per person
With: Cirque du Soleil representative and Prof. Louis Patrick Leroux

Description: This limited-enrolment and intimate guided tour of Cirque du Soleil’s O (at the Belagio) will allow participants to have a backstage tour of one of Las Vegas's major productions known for their impressive acts as well as the innovative architecture and astounding technical feats in the wings, above and bellow the theatres. These productions established higher artistic and technical standards that helped transform our understanding of Las Vegas from one of a gambling town to a site of high-value entertainment. The Franco Dragone-directed O, a baroque aquatic circus with theatrical flourishes, features a 500 000 gallon water tank on stage, multiple hydraulic lifts and an impressive costume shop.

Bio: Dr. Louis Patrick Leroux is an Associate Professor at Concordia University and the Founding Director of the Montreal Working Group on Circus Research. He holds a strong interest in circus stemming from his practical experience in theatre and scholarly research into dramaturgy and cultural discourse. Dr. Leroux has published and given talks on contemporary circus and contemporary theatre, and has worked closely with the Québec circus scene as a researcher, collaborator, and teacher. He is an ongoing Associate Researcher and guest teacher at the National Circus School of Montreal. At the NSC he is currently working alongside students and teachers exploring the various modes of circus narratives and dramaturgical strategies. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Duke University, Charles University (Prague) and at France’s Centre national des arts du cirque. He was awarded Canada’s two national awards, one in French (Prix Jean-Cléo Godin, 2009), one in English (Richard Plant Award, 2012), for scholarly writing on the performing arts. He is currently involved in many research projects, all-team based, including a Quebec-funded (FRQ-SC) research-creation project exploring circus dramaturgy; a Canadian-funded (SSHRC) project studying physical literacy, creativity and resilience in grade school children; and a Canadian-funded (SSHRC) historical synthesis and socio-esthetic analysis of Québec theatre. Recent scholarly collections include Cirque Global: Québec’s Expanding Circus Boundaries, coedited with Charles Batson (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2016) and Le jeu des positions. Discours du théâtre québécois, coedited with Hervé Guay (Nota Bene, 2014). He is currently working on a book on contemporary circus creators for Routledge with Katie Lavers and Jon Burtt.



Tour Title: Cirque du Soleil Backstage Tours for Theatre Scholars and Professionals - part 2 | KA at MGM Grand Hotel
Tour Date: Sunday, August 6, 2017
Tour Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tickets Available: 20
Ticket Price: $25/per person
With: Cirque du Soleil representative and Prof. Louis Patrick Leroux

Description:This limited-enrollment and intimate guided tour of Cirque du Soleil’s KA (at the MGM Grand) will allow participants to have a backstage tour of one of Las Vegas's major productions known for their impressive acts as well as the innovative architecture and astounding technical feats in the wings, above and bellow the theatre. These productions established higher artistic and technical standards that helped transform our understanding of Las Vegas from one of a gambling town to a site of high-value entertainment. The Robert Lepage-directed KA, which combined Eastern and Western performance codes, film and puppetry, theatre and contemporary circus, is considered the most expensive theatrical performance ever produced in North America. The theatre and stage designed by Mark Fisher boasts a fully reclining and pivoting stage and seemingly infinite drops. Don’t miss this rare opportunity for a one-hour guided glimpse into this world from a backstage vantage point.

Bio: Dr. Louis Patrick Leroux is an Associate Professor at Concordia University and the Founding Director of the Montreal Working Group on Circus Research. He holds a strong interest in circus stemming from his practical experience in theatre and scholarly research into dramaturgy and cultural discourse. Dr. Leroux has published and given talks on contemporary circus and contemporary theatre, and has worked closely with the Québec circus scene as a researcher, collaborator, and teacher. He is an ongoing Associate Researcher and guest teacher at the National Circus School of Montreal. At the NSC he is currently working alongside students and teachers exploring the various modes of circus narratives and dramaturgical strategies. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Duke University, Charles University (Prague) and at France’s Centre national des arts du cirque. He was awarded Canada’s two national awards, one in French (Prix Jean-Cléo Godin, 2009), one in English (Richard Plant Award, 2012), for scholarly writing on the performing arts. He is currently involved in many research projects, all-team based, including a Quebec-funded (FRQ-SC) research-creation project exploring circus dramaturgy; a Canadian-funded (SSHRC) project studying physical literacy, creativity and resilience in grade school children; and a Canadian-funded (SSHRC) historical synthesis and socio-esthetic analysis of Québec theatre. Recent scholarly collections include Cirque Global: Québec’s Expanding Circus Boundaries, coedited with Charles Batson (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2016) and Le jeu des positions. Discours du théâtre québécois, coedited with Hervé Guay (Nota Bene, 2014). He is currently working on a book on contemporary circus creators for Routledge with Katie Lavers and Jon Burtt.



Cirque Mechanics - Performance/Tour information

Tour Title: The Metal Behind The Pedal: a behind the scenes look at Pedal Punk by Cirque Mechanics
Tickets Available: 100
Ticket Price: $20/per person

Description: Cirque Mechanics, a Las Vegas based performance troupe, would like to invite you to join them in their workshop for a rare opportunity to discuss and examine the creative process behind modern circus performance.

Come take a look behind the curtain at the inner workings of the creative circus "machine" that "powers" Cirque Mechanics. Join founder, Chris Lashua, and members of his cast and creative team at the Cirque Mechanics Workshop, the space where the napkin drawing designs are built, the brainstorming session ideas are tested, and the creative process of show creation unfolds.

This event will enable you to participate in an in-depth demonstration of some of Cirque Mechanics most notable machines, those at the center of its productions, and learn about the purpose they serve in telling the story.

For your enjoyment Cirque Mechanics has agreed to turn their workshop into a found space performance venue where you will enjoy a live performance, featuring the Gantry Bike from their touring show Pedal Punk. Afterwards there will be a candid conversation about the benefits, lessons and challenges of touring a theatrical circus company and the rewarding and often hilarious experiences of life on the road.

This ticket includes transportation to and from the event, a cocktail hour, a tour of Cirque Mechanic's Workshop, a glimpse into the page-to-stage design process, a live performance, and a talk-back with members of the cast and creative team.




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