One never can accuse a Cirque du Soleil show of being short of thrills — but even the beasts running the titular creative empire had to wonder how Cirque could outdo itself upon considering the subject of its new endeavor: Michael Jackson. Read More
On Friday’s opening night of “Totem” in San Francisco, real human drama complemented, and nearly trumped, Cirque du Soleil’s ethereal thrills and chills.When one of five amazing unicyclists — who were tossing bowls and catching them in stacks on their heads — had a mishap and had to leave, the tension was palpable as her fellow performers went on with the show. Read More
Cirque du Soleil returns to The City with a bang — literally, a big one. In “Totem,” opening Friday in Grand Chapiteau near AT&T Park, Cirque’s creative titans capture the theme of evolution, and also offer a stunning, vivid reminder that as a species, we can’t seem to escape our interconnectedness.There hasn’t been a Cirque show quite like this. Read More
Overwhelmed by the ongoing did-he-jump-or-was-he-pushed trial coverage of the late Michael Jackson’s personal physician? Here’s an uplifting little bulletin that might provide some welcome distraction: On Nov. 21, Epic Records — in conjunction with Jackson’s estate — will issue a new album from the King of Pop called “Immortal,” in single- or deluxe two-disc format. Read More
When Cirque du Soleil emerged from Montreal in the 1980s it gave the moribund world of circus an injection of style, pizzazz, more than a little sex appeal and a French accent. With “Quidam,” the production that opened this week in San Francisco, much has been lost in translation, from setting to soul. Read More
Looking impossibly young, Olga Pikhienko is proud to state she’s been with Cirque du Soleil for more than 15 years of her already-two-decade career.
The Canadian company brings its production of “Quidam” to San Jose’s HP Pavilion this weekend, and to the Cow Palace in Daly City in April.
The 31-year-old athlete is a child of the big top, and it remains a family affair.
“Since I was young, it is what I have always wanted to do,” Pikhienko says. Read More
“Ovo,” the latest offering from Cirque du Soleil to come to the Bay Area, features everything for which the brand is known: clever and imaginative theatrics, stylishly executed, heart-stopping stunts, eye-popping costumes and scenery, and a seemingly provocative storyline that’s open to interpretation. Read More
Has Cirque du Soleil gone green? Let the eco games begin.
In what has to be one of the more inventive Cirque experiences to be hatched, the company’s latest outing, “Ovo” — or “egg” in Portuguese — clearly wants to illuminate the inner workings of our ecosystem. Read More