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Cirque du Soleil shares creative process secrets

In 2018, Cirque du Soleil is coming to Barcelona with some surprises. Before opening their show on March 23, the Canadian company brings the exhibition TOTEM, Behind the Scenes, to the Disseny Hub. The event runs from January 9 until February 4 and unveils some of the secrets of the group's creative process. 

TOTEM, Behind the Scenes was created exclusively for the tour of TOTEM, a show directed by world-renowned director Robert Lepage that takes the audience on a voyage through human evolution. 

The exhibition brings together, in the same space, costume elements from some of the most emblematic shows of Cirque du Soleil. It also includes audiovisual works that reveal details of their productions' creative process. Two of the treatments that can be viewed were used to represent the shows Alegría and Saltimbanco. This is the first time that pieces have been exhibited outside the company's offices in Montreal. 

The exhibition includes the plaster head molds that were made for the artists at Cirque. These curious pieces were used to help costume designers take the measurements to create hats, wigs and costumes for the artists. The exhibition also includes unpublished photos and some curious facts about the company's beginnings. 

Founded in 1984 in Quebec, Cirque du Soleil is an authentic giant in the world of performance. Thirty years ago it was the dream of a small community of street artists that has become an international company that has had over 150 million spectators in over 400 cities where they have presented 35 of their grand performances. 

The creative director of the company, Neilson Vignola, opens the exhibition to the publin on January 9. You can visit the exhibition free of charge until February 4. 

 

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