Spectacular show project Cirque du Soleil rocked the world of circus art to remind that circus can not only entertain but also create new reality. Crazy experiments on human body defy any power on gravity and miracle-plays of sound and light lure the audience into a twilight labyrinth of philosophical dramas letting them get to the sun together with characters of stagings.
To create an innovatory circus from scratch for a vagarious artist without a nickel in own name is probably riskier than walk a wire over an abyss, however daring self-trained Canadian fakir Guy Laliberté was no stranger to the routine. At the age of fourteen he ran away from home for the first time with a crew of street circus men, four years later he dropped out of college for the sake of a tour, travelled all over the globe and learned to swallow fire but fate in the person of loyal friends, associates and companions was expecting him in an unremarkable town Baie-Saint-Paul in his native Quebec. A promising equilibrist on stilts Gilles Ste-Croix and business consultant Daniel Gauthier helped Guy gather a crew at upper-crust hostel Balcon Vert; at that, many veterans of the first draft are still engaged in main programs.
With an intention to treat blase audience with an inflammatory cocktail of circus art, musical, theatre and ballet, trio of dare-devils didn’t feel for necessary proportions of ingredients instantly. Governmental grant helped them stay afloat; Gilles had to walk on stilts ninety kilometers to Quebec City to prove municipal officials that the endeavor was worth something.
Momentous instant came in 1983 when Guy obtained permission to perform on city festival in Montreal dedicated to 450th anniversary since discovery of Canada. The audience welcomed an unusual show with open arms thus inspiring young artists to take a trip to a circus festival in Los Angeles though there weren’t enough money in their pockets even for a return ticket. Star of success was merely trembling over a misty horizon but folks declared ample ambitions at once and registered their crew under the name Cirque du Soleil (Circus of the Sun). Luckily, large investors got interested in the project and Laliberté’s vivid imagination finally went up hill and down dale; circus got excellent training base in Las Vegas at their disposal staffed with innovative equipment and gimmicky exercisers.
Since 1992 Cirque du Soleil produces a fresh staging each year to build brick by brick electric image of third-millennium circus that addresses intelligent adult audience. They don’t show acts there but tell stories and parables on finding own self and acquiring sense of life, reflect slightest shades of emotions, thoughts and feelings of characters of performances by means of acrobatics, pantomime and optical illusions. Each program is written as a complete plot, arranged quest-like. On the way to happiness characters of performances go through exciting adventures and mystic enlightenments, fall in love and suffer from unrequited love, meet mysterious creatures, come into battle with own fears and come back victorious thus helping the audience believe in their powers to change their lives drastically and right now.
Eccentric design of the show makes the hall plunge into an atmosphere of a magic fairy tale, keeping the audience in suspense till the end of the show. As nearly as for the first time in history of circus Laliberté made audience watch artists from height, not from the bottom upwards, by locating the ring above the seats. Acrobats either fall on the audience from beneath the big top or rise from the depth using a complicated system of manholes and disappear in the mist upon completion of performance leaving onlookers perplexed. World-famous designers Thierry Mugler and Eiko Ishioka took part in elaboration of stage costumes that are produced individually for each actor; penetrating live music helps find a way in virtual reality of a show. Critics believe that the brightest tracks of Cirque du Soleil were created by composer René Dupéré, awarded with Grammy for a soundtrack to Alegria show program.
Currently about a thousand actors are listed as the main crew and another three thousand people from diffrent countries perform in shows on tours. By the way, almost three quarters of artists in the database of the company come from CIS countries. Laliberté sincerely admires virtuoso techniques and iron discipline of followers of the old school of circus and sports art. Some comic gags were borrowed from Litsedei clownage theatre and during a tour around Russia Cirque du Soleil prepared several routines in association with the art director of the theatre Vyacheslav Polunin.
Despite unreserved devotion to art, Cirque du Soleil doesn't deny burning social problems and regularly participates in public initiatives aimed at protection of environment. Management of the circus support fauna-protecting movement and refuses to have routines with animals as a matter of principle. And in 2009 Laliberté made the main trick of his life - went directly to the orbit and right there on board of ISS held a splebdid show Moving Earth and Stars for Water that calls for fight against water scarcity on the planet.
In 2015 Guy shocked the audience once again by announcing sale of the circus, dividing shares of the enterprise between TPG and Fosun International investment companies along with Quebec Pension Fund. Amount of the deal is estimated about a billion and a half US dollars. It is impossible to believe that the blatant eccentric decided to come to anchor - most likely in boisterous head of arrant adventuer wheels of another crazy escapade have been set in motion. And Guy wouldn't let anyone heart his favorite child: contract stipulates that art-related decisions remain within the competence of the old guard. Star called Sun will shine for many years to come!
In Kyiv academic theater of drama and comedy under support of Embassy of Belarus to Ukraine and Kyiv city governmental administration it was the play ‘Marriage contract’ of Minsk Film Actor’s Studio Theater. The performance was going in the frame of the tour in Ukraine.
Françoise Barbe-Gall teaches how to talk to children about art. She gives practical advices in her books, teaches to see things invisible to many people, to notice details and forget about labels. But we have to admit that among adults there are very few people who can boast with expertise in this area. If you want to change this order of things, today we offer you to go with us to the museums. Yes, it's a good idea, since we have chosen the best.
Modern cities cannot be imagined without murals – large-scale in size works of picture art that decorate buildings. Not only we have gathered most outstanding works in our collection but also tried to learn as many interesting things as possible about this art movement.
Flowers and trees, animals and birds, dragons and fairytale characters – to put it short, anything that may come to your head can turn into an object of edible art there. Amazing technique of painting with hot sugar is possessed by craftsmen from Sichuan province. Paintings performed in almost caramel can be neither “edited”, nor painted over.
You often got convinced that skilful hands of a master who puts life into his creation, can transform humble tree stump into a charming violin, piece of plaster becomes an ancient sculpture, and even clay tile looks like a work of fine art.
Dazzling flashes of ancient knowledge manifested in colourful shimmering beads and in elaborated yarn mosaics by Huichol Indians, captivate the imagination calling for an endless journey through branches of the world tree. Spiritual images take on flesh in intricate ornaments that accompany a Mexican peasant throughout his life. Twilight land of legends always have a shelter for a weary traveller: no one is alone on the paths of spirits.
There is music which brings us back to life. It happens even if the tears are falling when one listens to it. The musical genre mugham talks to the audience using the right language. Everyone has lived out unhappy love, loss of a close person or ruin of ideals. These topics became the source of inspiration for the musicians of Azerbaijan movement mugham. OUTLOOK will tell about this unique style of music.
The power of gestures burns the text to ashes, sound deafens and takes to the abyss from which all of us come and where we return upon the accomplishment of a short time period called as the life. Attending the Theatre of Cruelty, a human appears in the centre of performance as there are everything we are hiding from in the everyday routine, particularly, freedom and isolation, life on the border, merging with the crows till self is lost and lonely residing at the top. The drama of being involves in its mineral resources, the echo of tragedy overwhelms publics and spectator without noticing it appears in the trap of the own perception. That is about the so-called ‘Theatre of Cruelty’ (theatre de cruaute), the child of French playwright and director, eccentric and shocking Antonen Artaud.
Twelve-string guitar, the twilight of Portuguese nights, candles, and soul-gripping voice… Dramatic incentives of fado song tell about unrequited love. It cannot appear in the crossroads of destinies; however, it enables feelings to embody into the touching sounds of Portuguese romances.
The Embassy of Lithuanian Republic to Ukraine, the Embassy of Australia to Ukraine and National Museum of Taras Shevchenko represented in Kyiv the photo exhibition ‘Olegas Truchanas – legend of Lithuania and Australia’.
November 3, 2008, at the auction Sotheby's with a result of $ 60 million was sold one of the rarest works in the history of Russian art - Kazimir Malevich's Suprematist Composition. Malevich is still considered to be one of the most difficult to understand artists of the 20th century.Kazimir Malevich is still one of the most difficult to understand artists of the 20th century. As if mocking at the public, he signed some of his early works: The content of the paintings unknown to the author. OUTLOOK collected stories connected with personality, creativity, and the name of the artist and hopes that it will bring readers to understand the suprematist.
More than fifteen hundred years ago Romans were awe struck when they caught the very first sight of the Sistine Chapel. After that masters of painting were born and dead as well as whole pictural art styles. And contemporaries of you and me gape on the distinguished temple. However, while admiring another line intricacy and allusive painting theme, bear in mind that beneath the plot of glossy surface, as per usual, stand painfully familiar disputes with an impatient client, unpleasant surprises from nature and damaged health of painters-executants.
Yesterday I created a Universe. I took some peas, rice, buckwheat, millet, black and white pepper seeds and cardamom. Grabbed a handful of coffee and aniseeds. Then it all acquired a centre. It kept growing and calming my thoughts. When the last seed landed in the circle, I felt forgotten harmony again, heard birds singing through the noise of cars on the avenue, sensed fragrance of violets that a neighbor of mine was growing on her balcony and a recollection of Funtik from floor 5 and his tail evoked a flush of tenderness towards the shaggy monster.
On the 26-th of October it will be going a desirable premier of documental and biographic movie ‘Dancer’ on the price of success paid by the artist of ballet Serhii Polunin. Being originated from Kherson, he accidentally appeared in the Royal Theater in London where he became an overnight success but then went off the grid to get even more love of the spectators. Today OUTLOOK continues the cycle of materials about successful Ukrainians.
‘Love evolves when one looks in the eyes of the person beloved seeing there God’, in such a way the lines of some Arabian song called Qawali is translated. The authorship of this chant is ascribed to Eastern strangers Sufi who tending to find the sense of existence strolled around the half an Earth bare-footed. In the travels they composed songs where they told narration describing what they had to endure.
The eccentric elder Katsushika Hokusai was the real star of the Edo period, the creative genius and the brutal debtor of the half of his city. He used at least 30 names, changed 93 houses and created a lot of prints, drawings and paintings. His internationally recognized print The Great Wave off Kanagawa is mesmerizing. But only a few people know that this block printing, as well as many other works, was created by Hokusai with assistance of his daughter - artist Katsushika Ōi, lost in time and overshadowed by her genius father crazy about art.
KLONE is artist who was born in Ukraine. He left country when he was eleven years old. That is why he pays a special credit to the opportunity to present his exhibition in Ukraine and color mural. We were able to take an exclusive interview from the mysterious master who accurately hides even his true name from the world.
At the sight of Flemish lacework it is hard to shake the feeling that miraculous flowers, artfully braided into a wreath of a pattern, were born from loose sparks that had escaped a magic wand. On the inside of the beauty there are efforts and days of jetsam girls, stolen from life by labyrinth of openwork loops. Having compelled self-will of the thread to a dream about heaven, promised for humility, skills defied despair and need – to secure victory.
In the course of program of 2017 in honour of the 25-th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Australia and Ukraine as well as celebration of settlement of Ukrainians in Australia in Kyiv the exhibition ‘Artists-Ambassadors. Ukrainian Australiana’ has been opened.