by Beth Keating
August 18, 2021
If you’ve been to Disney Springs, you no doubt have seen the giant white building at the far end of the Springs. The tent-shaped structure is home to Cirque du Soleil, the live entertainment circus arts group first started by a troupe of 20 street performers in Canada in 1984. Since then, the group has grown to include both residential and touring performances throughout the world, including venues in Las Vegas and Europe.
Now, at long last, after a year-and-a-half long closure due to COVID, Cirque du Soleil is about to reopen in Disney Springs with a new 90-minute long show, Drawn to Life. The show is a first-ever collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, and features an international cast of 64 artists. Performances begin November 18, 2021, with ticket sales for general audiences available at 7 a.m. EST on Friday, August 20, 2021.
“Drawn to Life is a thrilling collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering,” says Disney Parks Blog. “At its core, the show is about the love between a father and a daughter with a story drawing inspiration from Disney’s 100-year heritage of animation. The family-friendly show brings timeless Disney stories and characters to life in an unforgettable way through the use of innovative design, acrobatic performances, dazzling choreography, musical scores, brand-new animation lovingly created by Disney Animation artists, and some extra touches of Disney magic.”
Cirque du Soleil explains, “The show tells the story of a determined girl who discovers one last gift left by her animator father: a sequence of unfinished drawings. Guided by a magical pencil and a quirky troupe of imaginative muses, she embarks on an inspiring quest filled with her childhood Disney memories. We’ll follow her as she leaps into a whimsical world of animation and discovers new possibilities that animate the story of her future.”
Cirque du Soleil’s website offers a series of behind-the-scenes glimpses at the artists and their preparation for the new show, as well as a chance to see what goes into Cirque du Soleil’s creative, high energy performances. Drawn to Life was written and directed by Michel Laprise, with Fabrice Becker as Director of Creation, in partnership with Michael Jung, Executive Theatrical Development at Walt Disney Imagineering, with all-new animation created for the show by Disney artists, including animator Eric Goldberg, as well as sequences from existing Disney films. It also features 10 unique acrobatic acts among the live performances.
In a bit of serendipity, Drawn to Life is the 50th production created by Cirque du Soleil, also marking the 50th anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World.
For more information about Drawn to Life, visit DisneySprings.com/Cirque. Ticket prices will be available for specific dates on the website. Tickets may also be purchased at cirquedusoleil.com/drawntolife.
Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.
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