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!
Land-art is not simply the landscape design but also the whole direction in art which in thee 21-st century considered one of the most important when only lazy people do not speak about the ‘green technologies’ and environment. The names of stars of such an activity have sturdily come into the speech of the tutors, critics, and connoisseurs, especially they outline Patrick Dougherti with his unbelievable works.
"Dali in a skirt", "The greatest provoker of the last century", shocking and inspiring confidence in the almost limitless potential of man, Frida Kahlo surprised contemporaries and continues to admire the admirers of her work today. The people of Kiev can now look behind the scenes of the life of the Mexican genius. With the support of the Embassy of Mexico in Ukraine in the National Museum named after Taras Shevchenko an exhibition of photographs devoted to the relations between Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera was opened.
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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.
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.
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In every art there are formats and rules – once in “mainstream” an Artist won’t have to starve. Even more so in totalitarian times when every sphere of people’s life is controlled and affected and selfhood has to be forgotten as such. It is probably in the face of a system natural talents emerge for their work to become immortal. Today Outlook recalls one of them, artist Kateryna Bilokur.
Only dancing and wearing mask, Korean peasants were able to express their disgust towards rudeness or greed of the hosts or apply to some deity with extraordinary request. Keeping anonymity, the people played out the scenes from life, cried, and laughed. At the end of the performance the destiny awarded the good characters and punished villains.
Behind the window sad eyes of old man peered at Petrograd engulfed by revolutionary fire. This fire spread on his life's work: a proud four-story building was invaded by noisy commissioners and sailors, whose presence seemed a cruel joke after regular customers. Workshop owner Carl Gustavovich Fabergé, apparently, noticed in this chaos approaching decay of his career. However, he could have a secret gleam of hope for another life of his heritage. If only he knew that it would come true, maestro would hardly have lost his spiritual strength...
We have amber flowing through our veins, joke the Balts. They believe that a sunny stone comes from tear drops of their goddess Jūratė. According to legend, she was careless enough to fall in love with a mere mortal fisherman named Kastytis who day by day cast his nets to the Baltic Sea. Jūratė forgot that immortal ones are not allowed to enjoy simple human happiness, she fascinated the young man to the bottom of the sea into her amber castle, and there the couple in love lost count of days and nights. On hearing this, the lord of gods Perkūnas decided to punish them: bolt of lightening stroke mortal lover, and disobedient lady was chained within her precious possessions for all eternity. Since then, the grieving goddess cries dropping yellow tears, and waters of the Baltic carry them to the shore for others to enjoy.
The spouse of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Ukraine Irina Sultanishvili carried out a meeting of the Ambassadors Spouses Club, in the frame of which some traditional clothes was demonstrated.
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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.
Fashion is an act. Fashion is a demonstration of freedom. Not being afraid to once seem ridiculous and odd, a person risks to become a part of fashion industry. Some names it remembers, some are wrongly forgotten and for some it becomes a pursuit, the meaning of the whole life.
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.
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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.
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