UNCSA and Cirque Du Soleil Collaboration Sparks New Performances
8:49am Aug 20, 2013
For years the UNC School of the Arts Department of Design and Production has enjoyed a relationship with Cirque Du Soleil. Cirque visits the campus regularly and it currently employs dozens of highly skilled UNCSA alumni. Today, through sponsorship by the Kenan Institute, UNCSA and Cirque, that relationship is extending to virtually the entire school through a fascinating new collaboration project.
This weekend The Cirkus Theatre Project will present performances of original student works on the UNCSA campus. Over a period of many months, creative teams made up of recent grads and advanced students have developed four original stories utilizing movement, sound, and staging. Cirque Du Soleil will consider each story for future use in a Cirque production, and so they’ve established specific parameters for the works to be performed. None will exceed 6-minutes and none will utilize words. Creative Collaborators and recent UNCSA graduates Megan Gerth from the School of Dance and Stephen Shore from the School of Drama spoke with me. They were joined by Scene Design faculty and Cirkus Theatre Director John Coyne.
This weekend The Cirkus Theatre Project will present performances of four original student works in the DeMille Theatre on the UNCSA campus: Friday night, August 23rd at 7:00pm, and Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm. Tickets to the intimate theatre will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.