Not much we have not already heard, a report in Business Week quoting Montreal officials.
Last year's flat take blamed on production costs spiraling "out of control ...compounded by a weak U.S. dollar. "
Future performances of KA, where Sarah Guillot-Guyarda was killed last week after losing contact with a safety harness, are "cancelled until further notice."
Until further notice. I'm now going to try to avoid all reviews of the new touring show due here in S.F. this fall, cause I want to review it on my own hire wire, cold turkey. My wish is that it will erase labored memories of the mediocre Totem, dominated by a tacky roller skating act.
About an imagined or perceived chill left in the wake of the tragic accident, I am wondering if Cirque patrons might subliminally connect the dangerous imagery that brought down one company member with the more traditional circus experience, the linkage a negative for Cirque?
After all, more than any other company -- yes, even though the do present real risk taking aerial acts now and then -- this company has perfected the move towards circus ballet, conditioning modern audiences to expect their thrills and chills in a more esthetically safe environment. No?
The Business Week report, same as earlier one out of Vegas, erroneously marked the fall as the first Cirque fatality. Not so, they've had another one.
Plus, there is also the been-there-seen-that factor that may eventually come to bear on the Cirque box office.
It's a company of terrific creativity and risk taking of its own.
And the cirque king, Guy Laliberte, is not to be underestimated.
Keep your eyes on Him Up There.