Cirque Productions

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Cirque Productions
Private
Industry Entertainment
Founded 1993
Founder Neil Goldberg
Headquarters Pompano Beach, FL
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Neil Goldberg, Founder and Artistic Director
Website www.cirqueproductions.com

Cirque Productions, also known as Cirque Dreams, is an American entertainment company, self-described as "the first American company combining the European cirque-style of performance artistry with American circus arts and Broadway theatrics." Based in Pompano Beach, Florida, it was founded in 1993 by Neil Goldberg and has gone on to create elaborate stage productions for two Super Bowls, the NBA, Disney[disambiguation needed], Busch Gardens, Six Flags, Miss Universe, NBC, ABC and CBS as well as for public theatre, Broadway, casinos, tours and corporate events worldwide.[1]

Productions[edit]

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy[edit]

Debuting at the Broadway theatre in 2008 as the first of its kind to play on Broadway, the show was described as "an exotic encounter inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations that are brought to life by an international cast of soaring aerialists, spine-bending contortionists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians."[2] After traveling internationally and throughout the United States, the show re-launched on July 27, 2010, at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods, Connecticut, for a limited engagement starring Pop Princess Debbie Gibson in the title role of Mother Nature, marking the first ever Cirque Productions show to feature a celebrity as lead vocalist.[3] The show received the 2011 Brass Ring award for entertainment excellence at Busch Gardens Tampa, where it was featured daily over a nine-month run that began in December of 2010. The show was also featured on an episode of MTV's MADE. In 2012, the show entertained over 100,000 U.S. troops and their families at 17 military installations throughout 10 countries in association with Armed Forces Entertainment. In 2013, the show was redesigned into a modern dinner theatre experience in partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line, to perform indefinitely on their new Breakaway sailing year-round from NYC.[4]

Cirque Dreams Illumination[edit]

Featuring a group of 27 performers, this performance is described as "blending world renowned imagination, critically acclaimed theatrical innovation and breathtaking presentation into a story that illuminates a city of everyday people, workers and pedestrians into feats of disbelief."[citation needed]

Cirque Dreams Holidaze[edit]

The Cirque Dreams Holidaze show is a winter themed holiday production featuring "gingerbread men flipping through the air, toy soldiers skillfully marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen sculpting powerfully, penguins spinning, puppets caroling and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment."[citation needed]

Cirque Dreams Pandemonia[edit]

A show featuring "surreal visual stylings and bursts into the air, sideways and upside-down. Inventive acrobatics and free-ranging whimsy, unleashed in a playground of imagination and Technicolor atmospherics."[citation needed]

Cirque Dreams & Dinner[edit]

Norwegian Cruise Line offers a version of the company's shows, which according to USA today is "nothing like anything currently found at sea."[5] The show features aerialists flying overhead, acrobats, contortionists, muscle men, jokesters and musicians all performing while the guests eat dinner. The show's artistic director claims if rough seas take place they will just become part of the show.

Cirque Dreams Coobrila[edit]

Exclusively at Six Flags theme parks, this show is billed as "a maze of connecting stages and technical apparatus comes to life in an imaginary land created on the other side of the moon."[citation needed]

Cirque Dreams World Tour[edit]

In 2012, Cirque Productions teamed with Armed Forces Entertainment to bring the first Cirque Dreams World Tour to U.S. troops and their families at 17 U.S. military bases in 10 different countries around the world. As of January 23, 2012, the show has already visited Naval Base Guam and several bases in Japan, including Yokota Air Base, Yokosuka Naval Base, Misawa Air Base, and Camp Foster in Okinawa.[6]

Legal Issues[edit]

Cirque du Soleil filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against them and others in the late 1990s over the use of the word cirque ('circus' in French). After a six-year battle, Cirque Dreams along with others who used the name cirque were successful in defeating the lawsuit.[7][8]

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