Cirque du Soleil kicks off relaunch of global touring operations in Houston

Alegría, an all-time classic reimagined in a new light, opens under the Big Top at Sam Houston Race Park on November 13

Style Magazine Newswire | 9/22/2021, 12:01 p.m.
Following the successful reopening of four of its Las Vegas resident productions, Cirque du Soleil has chosen Houston to relaunch …

Following the successful reopening of four of its Las Vegas resident productions, Cirque du Soleil has chosen Houston to relaunch its first touring touring production. Alegría, which had to pause performances at Sam Houston Race Park in March 2020 due to the global pandemic, is bringing its Big Top back to Houston for an extended series of performances starting November 13.

“It is important for us to reopen Alegría in Houston where it all stopped in 2020,” said Mike Newquist, Senior Vice-President – Touring Shows for Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. “The city has always been extremely supportive of our productions throughout the years. We want to offer our local fans the opportunity to experience live entertainment again and enjoy Alegría as they were meant to prior to the pandemic. Acrobatic training in preparation for our Houston performances are currently under way at our Montreal International Headquarters; Intermission is finally over.”

Since June, Cirque du Soleil has been delighting audiences again in Las Vegas with the reopening of its resident productions Mystère, “O”, The Beatles LOVE and Michael Jackson ONE. The November 13th opening of Alegría in Houston will mark the official return of touring productions for the company, to be followed by LUZIA in London and KOOZA in Punta Cana in January 2022.

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Undeniably the most iconic Cirque du Soleil production, Alegría is an all-time classic reimagined for a new generation to fall in love with. An uplifting immersive experience, Alegría whisks audiences away to a mystical world sprinkled with visual poetry and acrobatic extravagance.

At the heart of a once-glorious kingdom that has long lost its king, Alegría witnesses the power struggle at play between the old order and a new movement seeking change in hopes of a brighter tomorrow.

With its unforgettable soundtrack, exciting acrobatics, surreal costume designs, vibrant sets and playful humor, Alegría joyfully touches the soul and lives up to its global reputation of quintessential Cirque du Soleil spectacle. 

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First premiered in 1994, Alegría (‘joy’ in Spanish) has become one of the most beloved Cirque du Soleil shows by mesmerizing over 14 million spectators in 255 cities across 40 countries in over 19 years of touring. Its Grammy-nominated soundtrack – featuring the iconic title track “Alegría” – is still the most purchased and streamed Cirque du Soleil album to date.

In 2019, in celebration of its 25th anniversary, Alegría was restaged under the Big Top in a whole new light, ensuring that all its components – stage direction, music, acrobatics, sets, costumes, lighting & makeup designs – would be as inspiring for today’s audiences as they were at the time of the original creation. Reenergized by a cast of 53 acrobats, clowns, musicians and singers, Alegría remains timeless and imbued with a joyous magical feeling.

The revival of Alegría is the 44th original production created by Cirque du Soleil since 1984, and its 19th presented under the Big Top.