The famous Canadian troupe are no strangers to Monaco as they performed an exclusive show here in 2018. This year's production is described as an 'Acroculinary Wonderland,' where circus and culinary arts will merge, and the stage will be transformed into an ephemeral, mock kitchen of the Casino de Monte-Carlo restaurant. Various dishes – from salmon jelly to cake – will be created, each celebrated with an acrobatic spectacle that is bound to amaze, astonish and thrill.
The name Bôcca was specially invented for the occasion. “We start from scratch to do something that will not exist elsewhere and will be presented only five nights,” explains Jean-René Palacio, artistic director of the SBM. “It’s an amazing show that takes place at the Casino restaurant and tells the story of different characters.”
For this special Cirque du Soleil Monaco performance, forty artists will be involved and rehearsals begin in early August. Excitingly, mini day-time performances will be put on at the Place du Casino on each of the five days as a type of appetizer, or sneak preview.
What is the Cirque du Soleil?
If you haven't seen a Cirque du Soleil performance, you are in for a treat. The troupe was started in Montreal in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, and its theatrical, character-driven approach helped define it as the contemporary circus that it remains today – notably without the use of performing animals.
Having expanded rapidly through the 1990s and 2000s, Cirque du Soleil have now performed 19 distinct shows in over 270 cities on almost every continent, including several permanent shows in Las Vegas to over 9,000 spectators a night. It is believed that their shows have been seen by some 90 million worldwide.
What Can We Expect?
Expect the bizarre and the surreal – these are highly theatrical performances with thrilling acrobatics, gravity-defying feats and stunning use of music. Also expect high-energy, incredible choreography, stunning costumes and make-up, extraordinary sets and backdrops, and global themes portrayed in a playful and whimsical manner.
One of its current shows, TOTEM tells the story of mankind's evolution, with characters evolving on a stage that evokes a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Playing exclusively at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, KÀ tells of a heroic journey of love and conflict, set within a dynamic theatrical landscape.
If these current shows are anything to go by, Cirque du Soleil Monaco audiences are in for an extraordinary treat, and these exclusive performances are set to be the highlight of the summer season.