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2006.10.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Nebraska Shakespeare to Sponsor Cirque du Soleil Workshops

Omaha - In conjunction with the Cirque du Soleil performances of "Delirium" at the Qwest Center on October 24 and 25, Nebraska Shakespeare is sponsoring three workshops led by NSF and University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) alumnus Karen Coover Gay, the director of Public, Social and Cultural Affairs for Cirque's Resident Show Divisions, and her colleague, Joe Walsh, general stage manager for Cirque du Soleil's "O."

The workshops will be held at the UNO Theatre in the lower level of the Weber Fine Arts Building on Thursday, October 26.

The times of the sessions:

·      Session 1, 10–11:15 a.m.  The History, Philosophy, and Mission of Cirque du Soleil.  This session will include a general overview of the history and philosophy of Cirque, its mission, artistic vision and social consciousness, as well as the roles Gay and Walsh play in the organization.

·      Session 2, 1–2:15 p.m.  Creative Processes.  This session will discuss the Creative Process of Developing new material with an international company, including the generation of ideas, casting, training, reworking material, and cultural challenges.  Resident Shows and Touring Productions will be discussed.

·      Session 3, 2:30–3:30 p.m.  Directing, Design, and Technical Challenges.The focus of this session will be on directing, design, and technical challenges for productions that combine circus, theatre, street performance, original music, and elements such as water, fire, and massive rigging.  This session will also discuss how Cirque builds a new theatre for the particular needs of each resident show.

Cirque video clips and a question-and-answer session will be included in all sessions.

Workshops are free of charge and open to the public.  For more information, call Kasey Brandt at (402) 554-3072.

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