Cirque Du Soleil - La Nouba Facts
La Nouba comes from the French phrase "faire la nouba", which means to party, to live it up. La Nouba transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary, engaging the imagination from beginning to end with opulent sets, brilliant choreography, theatrical lighting and provocative live music.
La Nouba enjoyed its 2500th performance on April 2, 2004. The 6:00 p.m. show.
The 90-minute performance (no intermission) plays at 6:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The show is dark on Sunday and on Monday.
The 1,671-seat theater is the first freestanding permanent structure ever built for Cirque du Soleil. Set Designer Michel Crête of Cirque du Soleil, Michel Aubé of Scéno Plus, Walt Disney Imagineering, and the architects of the Rockwellgroup of New York collaborated on the overall design of the building.
14 countries are represented in the 71-artist cast of La Nouba: 19 are from Russia, 18 from Canada, 11 from the USA, 5 from China, 4 from Ukraine, 4 from Brazil, 3 from Poland, 2 from Great Britain, and 1 each from Australia, Bulgaria, France, Mexico, Peru and Spain.
The average age of the La Nouba cast is 30.
The cast is made up of funambulists, dancers, tumblers, trapeze performers, equilibrists, clowns, actors, acro-gymnasts, cyclists, musicians, vocalists, and circus artists.
Of the 72 performers, 59 are participating in their first Cirque du Soleil production.
In March 2002, four artists of La Nouba performed at the prestigious 74th Academy Awards® ceremony, along with 26 other Cirque du Soleil performers. Our performance provoked an instantaneous and warming standing ovation from the ultra-elite audience of the Oscars.
La Nouba Credits
Writer & Director: Franco Dragone
Director of Creation: Gilles Ste-Croix
Costume Designer: Dominique Lemieux
Set Designer: Michel Crête
Lighting Designer: Luc Lafortune
Composer and Musical Director: Benoit Jutras
Choreographer: Debra Brown
Sound Co-Designers: Jonathan Deans, François Bergeron
The mission of Cirque du Soleil
Invoke the Imagination
Provoke the Senses
Evoke the Emotions