UniverSoul Circus Celebrates 20th Anniversary in South Florida 1/17/14-1/26/14

UniverSoul Circus Celebrates 20th Anniversary in South Florida
universoulOpening Night on Friday, Jan. 17 at 7:30pm
Saturdays, Jan. 18 & 25 at 12pm, 4pm & 7:30pm
Sundays, Jan. 19 & 26 at 12:30pm, 3:30pm & 6:30pm
Monday, Jan. 20 at 6:30pm
Thursday, Jan. 23 at 7:30pm
Friday, Jan. 24 at 10:30am & 7:30pm
Miramar Regional Park
16801 Miramar Pkwy
Miramar, FL
Tickets prices range from $16 – $35. Children under 1 are free.
Tickets Online

UniverSoul Circus is now celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a return to South Florida. This high tech state-of-the-art production, features amazing acts highlighting excellence in artistry from around the globe. Considered one of the world’s top rated and most interactive circuses, UniverSoul showcases the perfect blend of music, theater and circus acts, along with a unique brand of comedy allowing audiences of all ages have fun while becoming a part of the show, which also offers a progressively urban and international flavor.

Some of the acts this year include:
· High wire act from Colombia
· The Olate Dogs from Chile (winners of the 2012 America’s Got Talent)
· Extreme motorcycle riders in the Globe of Death from Colombia
· Contortionists from Ethiopia
· Wuhan Flying Trapeze from China
· Polish Hand Balance Act from Poland
· The famous Barreda Elephants
· Stilt walkers and puppets from Trinidad
· Clowns from South Africa, Guinea West Africa, featuring Miami’s own Onionhead
and much more.

“Twenty years ago, UniverSoul Circus started as a dream,” said CEO and Founder Cedric Walker. “From a single tour stop in 1994, to amassing a worldwide audience of millions, our steady growth, popularity and critical acclaim has exceeded my wildest expectations. We not only ran away with the circus, we created one. My dream of producing a singular entertainment event for the entire family to enjoy has turned into a reality, ten-fold,” Walker added. The City of Miramar is proud sponsor of UniverSoul Circus.

Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam Comes to Miami

Cirque du Soleil is a company that has been around for many years entertaining and enamoring an array of diverse crowds and cultures around the world. I have had the privilege to dig seriously into the mesmerizing world of these romantic, comedic, dramatic and poetically-mastered acrobatic stories that have touched the hearts and lives of many. In the search for some answers, I have come across the most fascinating facts, and have compiled a few pieces of information about the shows and the history of Cirque du Soleil.

An interview with Cirque du Soleil’s spokesperson:

Tell us a little bit about how a show is born…what are the first pieces of inspired thoughts, and the actions taken thereafter to put those pieces together to make those ideas come to life?  
First comes the creative spark in the genius mind of the Director of Creation. It could be an image, a song, a feeling… anything! A team, including the World’s top Creators in each field, is then put together to bring these ideas to life.  

How is then a program arranged or coordinated along with all the logistics? 
The Creation process of a Cirque du Soleil show averages 13 months! During that time a lot happens simultaneously; creation, casting, production, rehearsals. So much happens that it is hard to describe. I would say the best way to experience it is to watch the Emmy Award winning series “Fire Within” following the creation of Cirque du Soleil VAREKAI.

Besides the performers, how many other people are involved in the production/behind-the-scenes to put on a Cirque du Soleil show? 
On Quidam we have 45 performers coming from 20 different countries and 45 crew members. Show technicians, cooks, sport medicine therapists, truck drivers, accountants…altogether the Quidam family requires 90 people from 25 countries to make the magic happen.  

What inspired this upcoming show, Quidam, in particular?  
Franco Dragone had spearheaded several Cirque du Soleil productions and wanted to explore a new dimension; real life, real characters, real emotions. This time around Cirque du Soleil brings you into the imaginary world of a little girl, Zoé.

What is the intention, not just with Quidam, but with all the previous, current and future stories performed by Cirque du Soleil…is it more entertaining, or is intention more towards connecting with the audience at an emotional level?
Cirque du Soleil is dedicated to the creation, production and performance of artistic works whose mission is to invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world.

What can we expect from this show that could, perhaps, be different from all the other shows we have seen to date?
Quidam is a beautiful, emotional haunting production. Instead of putting on stage fantastical creatures, Quidam visits a world where eccentric characters take the shape of humans with real life concerns and emotions.

Would you like to share something in particular about the main character of this story, or about the storyline of Quidam?
The great thing with Quidam is, it is very theatrical but the storyline is not force-fed to the audience, therefore you might be sitting next to a person that sees a completely different meaning behind the imagery of Quidam depending on their own life story. I always love to eardrop on conversation as the crown leaves the show – you hear the best show reviews and interpretations!

Cirque du Soleil Facts & Statistics 

  • Cirque du Soleil began with 20 street performers in 1984
  • The company has over 5,000 employees, including 1,300 artists
  • More than 100 types of occupations can be found at Cirque du Soleil
  • The average age of its employees is 37
  • The company’s employees and artists represent close to 50 nationalities

Cirque du Soleil – Quidam Show Schedule – July 31 – August 4

•             Wednesday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m.

•             Thursday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m.

•             Friday, August 2 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

•             Saturday, August 3 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

•             Sunday, August 4 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Ticket Information

•             Adults: From $40 to $80

•             Children (12 & under): From $32 to $65

•             Military, Seniors & Students: From $36 to $67.50

Tickets for the general public are available online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/quidam or by calling 1-800-745-3000.



UniverSoul Circus in South Florida 2/5/13-2/10/13

UniverSoul Circus in South Florida
circusFebruary 5-10, 2013
Miramar Regional Park, located at 16801 Miramar
Parkway, Miramar, FL 33027.

Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5; 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 6-8; noon, 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9; 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10, 2013.
Tickets: Tickets, ranging from $16 to $30.50, at
www.ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-3000. Children under 1 are Free.

An Unforgettable Global Experience Of Circus Arts, Music, Dance And Style
2013 “U & Us Tour” – It Takes U To Make Us
Coming to its New Location at the Miramar Regional Park in South Florida,

UniverSoul Circus has created a big top thrill-ride infused with an unparalleled global mix of circus artistry, music, dance and style – all inspired by reflections of today’s global culture. The 2013 edition of UniverSoul Circus – the U & US Tour – featuring Shaolin Kung Fu acrobats from China, bone-breaking contortionists from Guinea, and a dazzling aerial ballet act from France and Brazil – will be performing from Feb. 5-10 at its new location, the Miramar Regional Park in South Florida.

There are amazing new acts with UniverSoul Circus appearing in South Florida for the first time in 2013. Get ready for the Vincent Clark a capella Singers, Heaven Beat Box, and a Magic Cat Comedy act featuring live Tigers.

“At UniverSoul Circus, we’re one big happy family – and that includes our fans,” said Founder and President Cedric Walker. “This year’s production is entitled the U & US Tour because it takes U to make US – includes 13 world class acts from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas – all coming together to create an unforgettable entertainment experience for the entire family.”

Creative Team
The show’s creative team includes Walker, who regularly travels the globe to find amazing talent, and award winning live entertainment production designer Tom Marzullo. Marzullo has designed and/or managed the production of major international tours for some of the biggest names in show business, including T-Pain, KISS, Jay-Z, Ne-Yo and Prince. Marzullo designed, produced and managed the production for Justin Bieber’s international My World Tour, which earned Marzullo the 2010 Tour Link Top Dog Award for Production Manager of the Year.

The All-New Hialeah Fair 10/26/12-11/12/12

The All-New Hialeah Fair
Friday, October 26TH, Gates open at 5 p.m.
Friday, October 26th – November 12th
Circus01Hialeah Park Racetrack
2200 East 4th Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33010

Admission & Ticketing Information:
Fair Admission: $2.50 with 2-for-1 coupon available on event website. ($5.00 without a coupon)
**Children ages 2 and under are admitted free** Last ticket is sold one hour prior to closing. Amusement Rides
Individual Ride Tickets: Individual ride tickets may be purchased at the fair. Rides take multiple tickets.
Pay One Price Specials: In addition to individual ride tickets, pay one price bracelets are available for purchase at the fair that allow you to ride all the rides you want on any one day from open until close! POP bracelets are available for $25 at the fair or $20 in advance when purchasing online.
Save up to $5 per bracelet by purchasing pay one price ride bracelets online before the weekend for discount. Buy by Friday at 3:00 PM for use over the weekend!

South Florida Explodes with Sizzling Community Friendly Event
3 Big Weekends of thrilling rides, games, attractions and live music, Family fun & entertainment includes: Huge Petting Zoo, The Flying Pages Circus, Monkey’s Riding Dog Show, Lion & Tiger Shows

Special appearance by Miami’s “Magician of the Year” Lance Gifford’s Magic and Illusion Show on October 26th through November 4th. Don’t miss it!
The All New Hialeah Fair kicks-off on Friday, October 26th, a much anticipated celebration which promises to bring smiles and a memorable experience filled with fun, thrills and free entertainment for the entire family, with over 100 spectacular rides, games, attractions, dance and music on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and the last day being Monday, November 12th at the Hialeah Park Race Track.
This one of a kind family-friendly event will feature an array of spectacular quality state fair carnival rides for all ages and thrill seekers. Among the Hialeah Fair 2012 ride line-up will soon arrive the Giant Wheel, Frightmare Haunted House, Extreme, Carousel, Zipper, Himalaya, Umbrella Sports Cars, Pirate, Sizzler, Crazy Daisy Tea Cups, Gravitron and much more. Live show highlights include Miami’s own “Magician of the Year”- Lance Gifford’s Magic and Illusion Show to stun and fascinate all audiences. In addition there will be a huge Petting Zoo, Circus, The Flying Pages Circus, Monkey’s Riding Dog Show, Lion & Tiger Shows.  Vendors will provide delectable Fair foods and non-alcoholic drinks.
WHY: Hialeah is the second largest city in South Florida with an extraordinarily diverse and rich history which exemplifies the multicultural spirit of the residents of Miami-Dade County and its surrounding areas. In lieu of Hispanic Heritage month and various relevant community awareness issues, The All-New Hialeah Fair is partnering with local schools, the City’s first responders and national non-for-profit organizations to educate and promote fair goers on neighborhood safety, youth leadership, child obesity, domestic violence, breast
and lung cancer topics.

Fair Productions, Inc., has a decades-long track record of being a leading producer of county fair type projects at venues throughout the East Coast, expanding into Florida, with the Hialeah Fair being the first in the Sunshine State, brings its expertise and long-standing commitment in unifying communities through amusement and partnership.

Supporters: Hialeah Park Race Track, The City of Hialeah, Office of The Mayor of Hialeah and Hialeah Police Department; among others.

Cirque Du Soleil Totem New Big Top Production in Miami 1/10/13-2/24/13

Cirque Du Soleil Totem New Big Top Production in Miami
totemOpens January 10, 2013  through February 24, 2013
Blue-and-Yellow Big Top
Sun Life Stadium
347 Don Shula Drive
Miami Gardens, FL 33056

Limited Engagement
Tickets Now Available

Cirque du Soleil returns to Miami with TOTEM, a new big top production. Written and directed by Robert Lepage, TOTEM premieres on January 10, 2013 for a limited engagement under the blue and yellow Big Top at its new Miami location: next to Sun Life Stadium, Lot 14.
Since its world premiere in 2010, TOTEM has visited over 15 different cities in 4 different countries and performed in front of more than 1.5 million spectators. TOTEM marks the 8th Cirque du Soleil Big Top touring show to visit Miami since 1989!

The word “totem” contains the idea of the order of species. We carry in our bodies the potential of all species, all the way to our desire to fly—like the thunderbird at the top of the totem pole.

Written and directed by Robert Lepage, TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and legend, TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

The cast of TOTEM comprises 52 performing artists from 19 countries.

Under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix, the show brings together a team of 12 creators, including Robert Lepage – Writer and Director; Neilson Vignola – Director of Creation; Carl Fillion – Set and Props Designer; Kym Barrett – Costume Designer; Bob & Bill – Composers and Musical Directors; Jeff Hall – Choreographer; Étienne Boucher – Lighting Designer; Pedro Pires – Image Content Designer; Jacques Boucher – Sound Designer; Pierre Masse – Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer; Florence Pot – Acrobatic Performance Designer; and Nathalie J. Simard – Makeup Designer.

Sponsors: Cirque du Soleil gratefully acknowledges Infiniti, CGI, Xerox and Sun Life Financial as the Official Sponsors of the US 2012-2013 TOTEM Tour.

The Vampire Circus Unleashes Reign of Terror Upon Miami 10/18/12-10/31/12

The Vampire Circus
October 18 to October 31, Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 5 p.m.
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Bayfront Park
Downtown Miami, FL
Tickets: $20.00 to $100.00 for children and adults.
VIP Vamp experience is available depending how far spectators want to sit from the vampires or how much blood they want to donate.
Recommended for children 8 years of age and older.
No costumes or masks.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thevampirecircus  
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ vampirecircus_ , #VAMPIRECIRCUS.

Difficult to describe… Difficult to resist…Bites Miami this Halloween

Lock your doors, secure your homes, beginning October 18, The Vampire Circus will release an army of vampires into Miami and transform Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park into a haven for the beautiful and seductive creatures of the night until Halloween, October 31. At The Vampire Circus, spectators will witness a world filled with super natural Circus performers, terror and suspense, enchanted magic and comedy that will leave them dying for more and an exotic ambiance of panic and fear that would make Tim Burton proud.

The Vampire Circus is a phenomenal night of live entertainment, based on the multidisciplinary skills of 30 world-class artists showcasing theater, dance and gymnastics. All of which push the physical boundaries of human performances and leave the audiences amazed and astounded. The cast is an eclectic mix of professional entertainers featuring the cream of the crop that includes the most renowned clown in the world “Slava the Clown,” magicians trained from the original folklore, world champion acrobats and gymnasts recruited from the top acrobatic clubs across the globe who have achieved Guinness Book of Records fame.

“The Vampire Circus will take audiences into a journey of immersive experience, where it plunges guests into a deep hypnosis state while breaking the fourth wall, said Javier Francisco Santos, Artistic Director for The Vampire Circus. With The Vampire Circus, you are fully integrated into something that is happening in front of you, around you and sometimes inside of you. Come meet the Vampires…we ‘ll leave the lights off for you!”

The show is inspired by the magical and captivating allure of legendary traveling carnivals. Set in Bohemia during the 19 century, Count Dracula contemplates a plan for world domination, when he decides to open a traveling circus with his gypsy bodyguards. The Vampire Circus is a perfect cover-up to travel unnoticed and unleash Dracula’s world reign of terror and turn all humans into an army of vampires for global dominance. A good nightmare of this kind comes so rarely…

Cirque du Soleil Dralion

New Year’s Eve 2010 I went to see Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza in downtown Miami. A few days later I was trolling around on Twitter and met my friend Ofelia over some of her photos of the event. We have other things in common, but our love of Cirque du Soleil still rides high in the book.

So when we saw that the Circus was coming to Bank Atlantic Center a few months ago, we coordinated to go with our families on the same day, and as it turned out, she and her husband and son were even seated in the same section as my wife and me. Yes, of course we started the afternoon off with an awesome meal at the Grand Lux Cafe at Sawgrass Mills Mall. Guess what? All Hispanics aren’t fashionably late, despite what you might have heard. And the mega rain was truly an excuse this time, not needed.

Anyway, I know this is about the show, but let me give a thumbs up for the restaurant. The reservation for 4 I gave yesterday was an unplanned test when I showed with 5 today. Way to handle it perfectly! My BBQ Baby Back Ribs were spectacular. And that creative slaw, fries and corn bread you baked were fabulous. Everyone else loved their food too! Thank you for not bitching or rolling your eyes when I asked you to split the already un-split check. I will be back! And I digged the dressy gators out front of the restaurant.

Bank Atlantic Center. Premium parking is a rip! For $45 I’d arrive in a limo with a hooker the escort we saw some fat dude with. Well even the $20 basic parking was a rip-off, but it was raining hard. Thank God, NO RED. I’m a Flyers fan. Our friend’s son had to chug his Gatorade or dump it before passing security. Jeez. Oh, now I see why? Gatorades are $5 yet still better priced than the $9 Heineken pounders. I bought nothing inside. My wife decided she needed a $5 coffee, but OK, nothing.

The show started promptly, as usual, with the Clowns joking around with the audience. Pretty standard, comic relief, and lots of laughs. (Do they do that in other cities or just in Miami where inconsiderate people show up to a professional show 20-30 minutes late? This isn’t a little league game). They also of course picked out one unsuspecting dude from the audience to get picked on. Very good sport.

The first half of the show was a little slow to be honest. Obviously the skills were difficult for every event, but Cirque has a very high standard to reach for the guy who’s seen a lot of them. Other audience members agreed. I overheard at least 3 or 4 dudes in the enormous dude restroom line say the same thing. Best part was the trampoline act where two guys and two gals took turns flipping off the roof of a house, running up walls, narrowly missing each other, back and forth drama. All the while, a woman sang in the middle of them on a balcony. Great choreography, no collisions, really cool.

The juggler had a rough day today. He started off with some sweet moves, rolling the balls around his body. He did some kind of ball break-dance with his arms and hands, also very cool. He had an assistant giving balls from a rope high above him. What more could a guy want? But his finale, 8 balls, didn’t go awesomely. His first try was the best but he didn’t complete the routine. Three tries. Honestly, I felt the task was impossible, but then again I drink beer and cognac and don’t juggle.  Was a strong routine, regardless!

The first half also sported lots of double-people dragons, which I’m sure took enormous coordination. Big pole balancing guys. There was a guy in an egg that did some rotations around and around, but I think we were expecting fast and not precise muscle moves. And some chick a few rows behind me almost got in deep doo-doo for turning on her cell phone camera toward the end. Jeez, some people.

After intermission, I could feel the people asking for high-energy entries. I felt the second half started slow as well. While I think the lady twirling on the blue curtains was very talented and ballsy, the segment went way too long. But I thought the Yo-yo chicks were absolutely terrific throwing yo-yos into the air, catching them, and a zillion other really cool tricks. High energy, big smiles, and a really amazing performance. My wife and I thought that one was great!

Let’s talk about the clowns. They were entertaining. No doubt, despite their French chatter. And I loved their parody and mocking of all the other performers in one particular skit they did. Was great. Even the “audience member” that we chatted about earlier finally was identified as part of the cast, a clown, yep. And he was so believable at “Average Joe” too! But in the end, the clowns were too much of the show, seriously.

Other favorites from the second half included the “Diving Through Rings” acrobats, very entertaining. And the finale, the Jump Rope dudes, amazing coordination, strength and timing.

Everyone loved the music and the band was introduced during the show as well. Love that they had their “pit” below the house and you could see them and lights from there throughout the show. The singers were great as usual, no doubt about it.

Overall impression: I really enjoyed myself. There is nothing like Cirque du Soleil. There are many other shows I’ve seen that I loved, while this one was just comme ci, comme ça. Happy I went. Merci for reading.