I first fell in love with Cirque du Soleil after watching Mystere at Treasure Island in Las Vegas years ago. Since then, I’ve seen Zumanity, Ka, and the traveling show Saltimbanco. Mind-blowing stuff and something everyone should experience at least once in their lives.
I had the incredible opportunity to interview Cirque du Soleil’s Senior Artistic Director Michael G. Smith while he was in Honolulu back in June. He was here to help announce the coming of Cirque’s show Alegria which will open at Honolulu’s Neal S. Blaisdell Center on October 15, 2010. Aside from being a charming fellow who is obviously passionate about his job and the arts, Michael gives me the scoop on:
- what someone who’s never seen a Cirque du Soleil show can expect
- what the typical reaction is by those who see Cirque for the first time
- how a road show is different (but as entertaining) from the stage show in Las Vegas
- how Alegria is different from Saltimbanco
- whether there’s any other show in Hawaii right now that comes near the Cirque experience
- the best way to enjoy a Cirque show filled with tons of color, movement, and amazement
- why Alegria is a great value and experience for the entire family
I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I enjoyed making it. Alegria opens October 15 and runs through October 31 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena. Tickets are available through ticketmaster.com.
For show updates, you can also follow Cirque du Soleil’s exclusive Hawaii account on Twitter.
We’ll definitely be there. Hope to see you at the show too!
Disclosure: The agency I work for (Anthology Marketing Group) is assisting with the public relations for Alegria in Honolulu. I do not work on the account. This interview was done for this blog.