So it’s a Monday night..
and what better way to spend it than with some new “friends” from Cirque du Soleil?!
Tonight I attended a lecture about the debut of their new show in town “Banana Shpeel.”
On their soirée de relache, (that’s a night off in the theater world), oh la la…
French clown Patrick De Valette and creative assistant Raphaelle Pujolle came for a night
at the Alliance Francaise de Chicago to unveil the Cirque du Soleil’s newest venture.
Vaudeville, from the French words “voix de ville,” or village voice, was the most popular form
of entertainment in t America making immigrants from all over Europe laugh together
in makeshift theaters. More than a century later, it’s back! Director David Shiner,
trained as a mime in Paris, created a show that is a “roller coaster mix of performance styles
inspired by vaudeville that blends comedy with tap, hip hop, eccentric dance and slapstick.
So now that I’ve heard all about it… their inspirations, the process, the backstage videos,
and so much more… I can’t wait to go to the show!!!… in less than two weeks!!!