Delirium at the Staples Center - Review

LOS ANGELES, CA September 15, 2006


How do they do it!

I went to opening night of Delirium at the Staples Center in LA and was blown away! The genius that Cirque du Soleil has to make each show unique is amazing! The past LA performances have always been under the big top but this time the performance took place at Staples Center on a 130 foot two-sided stage that bisects the arena, submerging the audience in a huge set.

I found myself totally immersed in the experience. Although I never have done hallucinogenic drugs, the show made me feel like I would imagine that experience would be. The opening Act was 5 great songs by Nitza with powerful music and a featured violinist. This was followed by a 15 minute intermission to stall for the late comers; now, the show begins to draw you in even more! There are 2 huge projection screens on either side of the stage and periodically a gigantic sheer curtain covers the stage which joins with those 2 projection screens to make the largest screen I have ever seen in my life (540 feet of projections dominate the scene the equivalent in width of almost four IMAX screens). The sheer curtain allows you to still see the performers through the curtain.  The lighting is so well regulated you lose your ability to know if the action you are seeing is live or projected.  They blend in an uncanny, hypnotic, and other-worldly manner.  The production quality of the projections is as much genius as the performances themselves.  Four cameramen, two on each side of the stage, are taping the main performances and these are projected onto the 2 projection screens; in real time, special effects are added making an already spectacular performance into an amazing, surrealistic visual experience. Because of this, the seats that I think are ideal are not those closest to the ground floor, but rather the center seats approximately 20-40 rows up. The costuming, (what they can do with fabric is amazing) the singing, the music, and the performances were all spectacular. The underwater scene was especially memorable, as well as the genius of the hula hoop girl! I have seen many hula hoop performances and often been wowed, but this girl is in a class by herself.

Delirium held my interest, kept changing and was thoroughly enjoyable. On a side note, I would suggest you eat before you go. The Staples' hot dogs are worse than bad, and who wants to pay $4 for a Mc Dees?  On the bright side, they were testing a dessert cart with dozens of sinful treats. This service is usually reserved for the upstairs VIP people only, but they were experimenting with serving these gourmet ($4-$6.50) desserts to us commoners. I had the carrot cake and it was great.

Delirium will play In Los Angeles at Staples Center September 15th to 17th at 8 p.m. with a matinee performance on September 16th at 2 p.m. and from September 27th to 29th at 8 p.m

This is Cirque du Soleil's first-ever live arena event. The North American Tour premiered in Montreal January 26, 2006 at the Bell Centre. Created and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, DELIRIUM is a multifaceted event of unprecedented proportion featuring Cirque du Soleil music remixed.  Driven by an urban tribal beat and awe-inspiring visuals, musicians, singers and dancers transform the arena into joyous frenzy.

DELIRIUM is the quest for balance in a world that is increasingly out of sync with reality. It pushes the limit of arena performance through technical magnitude, human introspection and creative prowess.

DELIRIUM is an urban tale, a state-of-the-art mix of music, dance, theatre, and multimedia. Pumped by this re-energized Cirque du Soleil rhythm, the DELIRIUM tour transports audiences into a universe of delirious sensory folly.

Turning music into motion
For the first time in Cirque du Soleil history, lyrics have been created for the instrumental tracks and real words integrated in place of invented language, bringing to the music a fresh poetic dimension. The texts are in English, French, Spanish, Wolof and Portuguese. Robbie Dillon, who contributed texts for Cirque du Soleil's ZUMANITY, composed the English lyrics for DELIRIUM.

In all, 20 of Cirque du Soleil's most memorable musical moments originally created by Rene Dupere, BenoÃt Jutras and Violaine Corradi have been re-mixed by Quebec producer, composer and arranger Francis Collard, who deftly injects new life into these powerful classics. The result is a hyper-energizing urban tribal beat that explodes with electronic sounds, percussions and world rhythms.

Also for the first time, Cirque du Soleil musicians and singers are center-stage as their music is the driving force of this gigantic event.

Amongst the musicians lending to this eclectic mix of sounds are percussionist brothers El Hadji Fall Diouf and Pape Abdou Karim Diouf of Senegal; Gaia, an energetic group with Brazilian and Peruvian roots dipped in funk, soul and electro jazz; keyboardist and band leader Ric'key Pageot; Italian-born percussionist Raffaele Artiglieri; Brazilian Italo-Cuban singer Dessy Di Lauro and singer Juliana Sheffield.

The Stage and Projections
This unique, large-scale event may be the most massive technical production ever created to tour arenas..

540 feet of projections dominate the scene the equivalent in width of almost four IMAX screens setting the stage for a colossal multimedia presentation. Images projected range from prerecorded visuals to manipulated live feeds that create interactions between the show and the audience.

The Artists
DELIRIUM showcases 44 talented and multidisciplinary artists, of which 21 are Canadians. In all, 20 countries are represented in the troupe. Each artist has been selected for individual virtuosity. They include 11 musicians, 6 singers, 18 dancers, 8 acrobats and 2 main characters. Of these 44 artists, 8 of them have collaborated with Cirque du Soleil in the past.

To heighten the musical experience, DELIRIUM is infused with acrobatic dances choreographed by Mia Micheals, as well as classic Cirque du Soleil feats including aerial, acrosport and hand balancing acts.

The Creative Team
Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon are the creators and directors of this event, which brings together the following 12 creative minds.

Guy Laliberte     Guide
Gilles Ste-Croix    Director of creation
Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon Creators, directors, multimedia and scenic designers
Francis Collard Musical director, producer and arranger
Mia Michaels     Choreographer
Michel Robidas    Costume designer
Alain Lortie     Lighting designer
Yves Savoie     Sound designer
Anne-Seguin Poirier Props and decorative elements designer
Carmen Ruest Director of creation
Ian Tremblay Associate producer, musical content


The North American Tour
The DELIRIUM tour will be presented in very limited engagements (typically two performances only) in large arenas across North America. The second leg of the North American tour is as follows:

Los Angeles (CA) Staples Center   September 15 to 17, 2006
Fresno (CA) Savemart Center    September 19 and 20, 2006
San Jose (CA) HP Pavilion     September 22 to 24, 2006
Los Angeles (CA) Staples Center   September 27 to 29, 2006

For the complete list of the tour plan, please visit

Ticket information
Tickets for performances in US cities are available online at

LIVE NATION (formerly Clear Channel Entertainment)
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Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil is primarily a creative content provider for a wide variety of unique projects. In addition to shows, the Montreal based company wishes to extend its creative talent to other spheres of activity. While maintaining stringent standards of artistic quality and originality, Cirque du Soleil brings to innovative projects the same energy and spirit that characterizes each of its shows.

Cirque du Soleil is a Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. Since its beginnings in 1984, over 50 million spectators in over a hundred cities on four continents have been thrilled by Cirque du Soleil. In 2006, Cirque du Soleil will present 13 shows simultaneously across the globe. Cirque du Soleil is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Emmy, Drama Desk, Bambi, ACE, Gemeaux, Felix and Rose d'Or de Montreux.

Information : Canada
Caroline Montreuil
Cirque du Soleil
(514) 606-7622 (Canada)
(310) 270-8468 (United States)
[email protected]

United States
Amy Jacobs
Rubenstein Communications, Inc.
(212) 843-8077
[email protected]




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