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They began in 1984, as a group of20 street performers, and ever since, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group completely reinvented circus arts and went on to become a world leader in live entertainment, bringing wonder and delight to more than 190 million spectators in close to 450 cities across 60 countries.
And now, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group’s coming to India for the World Premiere, no less, of its latest Top Show BAZZAR. Brought to India by BookMyShow, BAZZAR will open shows to the public from November 15, 2018 in Mumbai for 30 shows, and from December 25, 2018 in Delhi for another 30, with Citibank as the presenting partner.
Trust us, this is a show you don’t want to miss.
The shows will play out in Mumbai at the MMRDA Grounds, BKC Road, G-Block, BKC, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400051, and in the National Capital Region (NCR) at Aerocity, Near Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, NCR 110037. Tickets for the nearly two-hour spectacular are available exclusively on BookMyShow with prices starting at INR 1,250 (different for both cities). Oh, and a BookMyShow warning that they might rise.
BAZZAR – Cirque du Soleil’s new Top Show
Written and Directed by Susan Gaudreau, Cirque du Soleil – BAZZAR will capture the high-energy excitement, collision of sounds and colours, and showcase a meeting place of diverse characters recreating a traditional Indian ‘bazaar’.
The company says Cirque du Soleil BAZZAR is ‘an eclectic lab of infinite creativity’ where a joyful troupe of acrobats, dancers and musicians craft an awe-inspiring spectacle. Led by their maestro, they band together to invent a whimsical one-of-a-kind universe. In a place where the unexpected is expected, the colourful group reimagines, rebuilds and reinvents vibrant scenes in an artistic, acrobatic game of order and disorder.
The high-energy excitement, collision of sounds and colours, and meeting place of diverse characters you’d find at a traditional ‘bazaar’, inspired the name of the show. BAZZAR perfectly captures the spirit! The spelling is slightly different, where the double ‘zz’ represents the time loop you sense during the adventure. As a word, BAZZAR is also read almost the same frontwords and backwords. Like the performance, just when you think you know where the story is going— there’s a twist!
It’s a marketplace of merriment and creative camaraderie. You just might find that the end of the story is really only the beginning! BAZZAR is Cirque du Soleil’s 43rd original production since 1984.
With its creative concept as much as its new format, BAZZAR pays tribute to the roots of Cirque du Soleil for an authentic experience. The show will premiere in India, a company first, before visiting Greece and various countries in the Middle East.
“After entertaining millions of people in sixty countries over the years, there are few remaining markets we have yet to visit. BAZZAR offers us new possibilities to introduce our brand. It enables us to continue our international growth in markets that offer great potential such as India and opens the door to exploring the African continent”, said Finn Taylor, Senior Vice-President, Touring Shows.
The show includes nods to Cirque du Soleil founders Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, such as fire breathing and stilt walking. They are combined with impressive scenography, remarkable aesthetics, live music and acrobatic feats; all of which are key features of a Cirque du Soleil show.
Cirque du Soleil has also returned to a more intimate Big Top similar to the one used in its early years. This new nimble format will allow BAZZAR to tour with a lighter infrastructure, thus widening its options for site location. It will also offer the audience a more personal experience with only 1,500 spectators attending each performance.
Thanks to BookMyShow
BookMyShow’s association with Cirque du Soleil will not help just the company that produces and presents some of the finest and magnificent live entertainment shows, but also all the other producers of live entertainment eyeing India. They will use the Cirque du Soleil tieup with BookMyShow to vicariously test the waters. Considering this is a strong combination of great content being sold through one of India’s best online tickets booking services, BookMyShow, all 60 shows – 30 each in Mumbai and Delhi – should do well enough to encourage other international productions waiting to come to India.
Actually, one feels BookMyShow’s partnership with Cirque Du Soleil should help establish India as an important market to open avenues for global entertainment. Also remember, this is Cirque Du Soleil, which sells more than 12 million tickets a year, so if BookMyShow warns ticket prices might rise, well, we just might witness exactly the same kind of surge pricing we see with blockbuster movies, but that’s another story.
In fact, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has also expressed his support for Cirque du Soleil’s India visit as this would boost tourism in the state by exposing the audiences to new artistic and cultural experiences.
Cirque du Soleil says it will not just visit Mumbai and Delhi, but will infuse in the city’s culture with the set-up of The Big Top, the main tent, where the performances will take place. The Big Top itself is a wonder that is set up over a period of six days and stands tall at 19 meters (62 feet) high and is 41 meters (135 feet) in diameter, accommodating 1500 people at once.
A cast and crew of 62 people will be travelling to India from over 13 different countries and close to 700 tonnes of equipment will be carried via 25 sea containers. The show will feature a range of acrobatic marvels ranging fromteeterboard, portage, acrobatic bike, contortion, duo roller skate, duo trapeze, aerial rope, slackline and live music with one singer and two musicians on stage.
With performances pairing imagination and impressive scenography, unique characters, remarkable aesthetics and acrobatic feats; ‘BAZZAR’ will feature key Cirque du Soleil elements.
“BookMyShow has been and will continue to play a huge part in the transformative journey of the live entertainment category in India. While it has personally been a lifelong dream to work with Cirque du Soleil, their entry into India with BAZZAR will re-imagine this category. We are excited to give our growing customer base in India the opportunity to get access to this global phenomenon,” says Ashish Hemrajani, Founder and CEO, BookMyShow.
Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, says, “Cirque du Soleil has been looking at India as a potential market for quite a while now. We wanted to do things right and introduce the brand appropriately to this new audience that was never exposed to Cirque du Soleil before. It is for this very reason that we put our trust in BookMyShow, whose deep knowledge and understanding of the Indian market is essential for our successful presence in this country. With their help, our long-term objective is to establish a strong and lasting presence in India and to share our creativity with as many people as possible.”
“Designing a show specifically to introduce Cirque du Soleil to a totally new audience was an exciting creative challenge,” explained Susan Gaudreau, Show Director. “It pushed the creators to find the essence of what we are and articulate it in a way that is universally understandable. With its story centered on the creative process and the energy found in the unexpected, BAZZAR shines a light on what is uniquely Cirque du Soleil. I am very honoured to be in India today to introduce BAZZAR to the Indian people and am very much looking forward to its premiere!”
Shinjini Kumar, Consumer Business Manager, Global Consumer Banking, Citi India, said, “We are excited to partner with Bookmyshow for the world premiere of BAZZAR, a unique show crafted for India and the world by Cirque du Soleil. We are always looking for opportunities to bring world-class entertainment through our partners to our clients, who like to indulge in exclusive international experiences. Citi customers can look forward to making this an even more memorable event with our special offers and privileges. We cannot think of a better way to celebrate this festive season than to facilitate wholesome entertainment for our customers and their families.”
BAZZAR’s creative team comprises 11 creators under the artistic guidance of Daniel Fortin- Susan Gaudreau (Writer and Director), Marie-Hélène Delage (Director of Creation), Simon Guilbault (Set Designer), James Lavoie (Costume Designer), Simon Carpentier (Composer and Musical Director), Samuel Chouinard (Choreographer), Jean Laurin (Lighting Designer), Jean-Michel Caron (Sound Designer), Pierre Masse (Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer), Maryse Gosselin (Make up Designer), Alexandre Brunet (Technical Director).