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3rd May '13 10:17:01 AM Sapphirea2
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--> ''Can imagination be a souvenir? Actually, yes!''
--> TurnOfTheMillennium tagline

CirqueDuSoleil's twelfth production, which opened in December 1998, was a landmark for the company in two ways. It was their first resident (non-touring) show outside of Las Vegas, and the first to be mounted at a Disney resort: Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, at a custom-built theater at the Downtown Disney shopping/dining district. As well, it was the final Cirque show written and directed by Franco Dragone, who had pulled these duties for most of them up to that point. Amazingly, it premiered less than five months after ''"O"'' had arrived on the other side of the country.

Though no Disney elements appear in the show, Dragone and his collaborators took inspiration from that company's knack for re-telling fairy tales and came up with a Cinderella story of their own. Once upon a time, a Cleaning Lady opens the door to an attic filled with strange, colorful personages ("Cirques"), inadvertently causing their world to collide and mingle with the ordinary world of "Urbains" she comes from. Eventually, everyone will be living HappilyEverAfter.

The name "La Nouba" comes from the French term ''faire la nouba'', which means "to live it up" or "party".

While still running at Disney World, this show was filmed and released on DVD in 2004, and is currently the only resident show that can claim this distinction.

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!!This show contains examples of:
* AudienceParticipation: Surprisingly little for a Cirque show, but one audience member gets to be one of the people jumped over for the climax of the bike act.
* BrickJoke: [[spoiler: The floating rock in the clowns' space adventure crashes to Earth at the ''very'' end. Also, the trumpet player who appears in the OpeningBallet? He's the Frog Prince.]]
* CarryingACake: Defied in the original version of the chair balancing act, in which the cake is successfully carried up and up the tower by the performer (by balancing it on his head, etc.).
* CowboysAndIndians: The primary clown duo play this game in one skit.
* CreepyCircusMusic: While the act it supported (chair balancing) was lighthearted, "A La Lune" has aspects of this at the beginning, including a menacing snatch of the famous "Entrance of the Gladiators".
* CutSong: "A La Lune" as of 2010, since the balancing act was dropped.
* DreamLand: According to the AllThereInTheManual material, the attic is this.
* TheEveryman: The Cleaning Lady.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The diabolos and cycles acts. The original opening act, German wheels, was this as well (it was retired and replaced with skipping ropes in 2010).
* FairyTale
* FantasticRomance: The Cleaning Lady and [[spoiler: the Frog Prince]], PlayedForLaughs.
* GenreSavvy: The Cleaning Lady in suspecting that [[spoiler: the frog is a transformed prince. She's right!]]
* LargeHam: The Green Bird, at least in the DVD version. According to the performer, the character originally had a scene where she would cry out in alarm and faint. Then one day when she was feeling angry about things in general, the performer decided the character should totally freak out before collapsing. The audience loved it so it stayed in.
* LongRunners: 10+ years.
* [[Main/ManInWhite Men In White]]: The Nuts, who are innocent fools.
* NiceHat: The Walker's bowler hat.
* NonFatalExplosions: Turn up twice in the clowns' setpieces.
* NonIronicClown: The bulk of the Cirques, such as the Green Bird, have appearances and personalities that fit this trope.
** The primary clown duo play out comic scenarios (astronauts, mother with baby carriage, etc.).
** The Nuts are a four-mime quartet who weave in and out of the action.
** The cheery Walker serves a similar function.
** The male half of the Lovers (dancers) is a Pierrot clown.
** An Acrobatic Pierrot heads up the climactic power track/trampoline number.
* OnceUponATime: The title of the song for the post-prologue dance/German wheel act, which kicks off the action proper; the soundtrack album's version starts with a child reciting a bedtime story that starts with these words.
* OpeningBallet: The show has a prologue featuring a procession of Cirques around the theater's main aisle; this is followed by a second dance sequence that would, ordinarily, serve as this.
* OurActsAreDifferent: The 90-minute show (plus a 10-15 minute preshow) is performed in one act.
* PimpedOutDress: The Cleaning Lady's [[spoiler: wedding gown]] -- a goofy-looking one, but this nonetheless.
* RunningGag: The Nuts appear twice during the preshow to crash cymbals, but realize that they've come out too early. The actual cue for the cymbals doesn't happen until ''much'' later.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: This was Cirque's most idealistic, brightly-colored show in years, and especially compared to ''Quidam'' and ''"O"''.
* TrueLovesKiss: With the twist that [[spoiler: the frog has just shown up, and the Cleaning Lady kisses it because she assumes it will turn into a handsome prince who will become her true love. To her credit, she's right]].
* WomanInWhite: The Ballerina, the female half of the Lovers, initially appears in an all-white outfit (likely inspired by ''SwanLake'').

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--> ''Can imagination be a souvenir? Actually, yes!''
--> TurnOfTheMillennium tagline

CirqueDuSoleil's twelfth production, which opened in December 1998, was a landmark for the company in two ways. It was their first resident (non-touring) show outside of Las Vegas, and the first to be mounted at a Disney resort: Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, at a custom-built theater at the Downtown Disney shopping/dining district. As well, it was the final Cirque show written and directed by Franco Dragone, who had pulled these duties for most of them up to that point. Amazingly, it premiered less than five months after ''"O"'' had arrived on the other side of the country.

Though no Disney elements appear in the show, Dragone and his collaborators took inspiration from that company's knack for re-telling fairy tales and came up with a Cinderella story of their own. Once upon a time, a Cleaning Lady opens the door to an attic filled with strange, colorful personages ("Cirques"), inadvertently causing their world to collide and mingle with the ordinary world of "Urbains" she comes from. Eventually, everyone will be living HappilyEverAfter.

The name "La Nouba" comes from the French term ''faire la nouba'', which means "to live it up" or "party".

While still running at Disney World, this show was filmed and released on DVD in 2004, and is currently the only resident show that can claim this distinction.

----
!!This show contains examples of:
* AudienceParticipation: Surprisingly little for a Cirque show, but one audience member gets to be one of the people jumped over for the climax of the bike act.
* BrickJoke: [[spoiler: The floating rock in the clowns' space adventure crashes to Earth at the ''very'' end. Also, the trumpet player who appears in the OpeningBallet? He's the Frog Prince.]]
* CarryingACake: Defied in the original version of the chair balancing act, in which the cake is successfully carried up and up the tower by the performer (by balancing it on his head, etc.).
* CowboysAndIndians: The primary clown duo play this game in one skit.
* CreepyCircusMusic: While the act it supported (chair balancing) was lighthearted, "A La Lune" has aspects of this at the beginning, including a menacing snatch of the famous "Entrance of the Gladiators".
* CutSong: "A La Lune" as of 2010, since the balancing act was dropped.
* DreamLand: According to the AllThereInTheManual material, the attic is this.
* TheEveryman: The Cleaning Lady.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: The diabolos and cycles acts. The original opening act, German wheels, was this as well (it was retired and replaced with skipping ropes in 2010).
* FairyTale
* FantasticRomance: The Cleaning Lady and [[spoiler: the Frog Prince]], PlayedForLaughs.
* GenreSavvy: The Cleaning Lady in suspecting that [[spoiler: the frog is a transformed prince. She's right!]]
* LargeHam: The Green Bird, at least in the DVD version. According to the performer, the character originally had a scene where she would cry out in alarm and faint. Then one day when she was feeling angry about things in general, the performer decided the character should totally freak out before collapsing. The audience loved it so it stayed in.
* LongRunners: 10+ years.
* [[Main/ManInWhite Men In White]]: The Nuts, who are innocent fools.
* NiceHat: The Walker's bowler hat.
* NonFatalExplosions: Turn up twice in the clowns' setpieces.
* NonIronicClown: The bulk of the Cirques, such as the Green Bird, have appearances and personalities that fit this trope.
** The primary clown duo play out comic scenarios (astronauts, mother with baby carriage, etc.).
** The Nuts are a four-mime quartet who weave in and out of the action.
** The cheery Walker serves a similar function.
** The male half of the Lovers (dancers) is a Pierrot clown.
** An Acrobatic Pierrot heads up the climactic power track/trampoline number.
* OnceUponATime: The title of the song for the post-prologue dance/German wheel act, which kicks off the action proper; the soundtrack album's version starts with a child reciting a bedtime story that starts with these words.
* OpeningBallet: The show has a prologue featuring a procession of Cirques around the theater's main aisle; this is followed by a second dance sequence that would, ordinarily, serve as this.
* OurActsAreDifferent: The 90-minute show (plus a 10-15 minute preshow) is performed in one act.
* PimpedOutDress: The Cleaning Lady's [[spoiler: wedding gown]] -- a goofy-looking one, but this nonetheless.
* RunningGag: The Nuts appear twice during the preshow to crash cymbals, but realize that they've come out too early. The actual cue for the cymbals doesn't happen until ''much'' later.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: This was Cirque's most idealistic, brightly-colored show in years, and especially compared to ''Quidam'' and ''"O"''.
* TrueLovesKiss: With the twist that [[spoiler: the frog has just shown up, and the Cleaning Lady kisses it because she assumes it will turn into a handsome prince who will become her true love. To her credit, she's right]].
* WomanInWhite: The Ballerina, the female half of the Lovers, initially appears in an all-white outfit (likely inspired by ''SwanLake'').
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9th Apr '13 4:59:20 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* DisneyThemeParks: It's worth noting that the authors of the exhaustive travel guide ''The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World'' currently regard this show to be the best thing there...no, not just at Downtown Disney, but the ''entire resort''. This would mean that the best thing at Disney World has hardly anything to do with Disney at all.
5th Mar '13 8:02:05 PM LeeM
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* LargeHam: The Green Bird, at least in the DVD version. According to the performer, the character originally had a scene where she would cry out in alarm and faint. Then one day when she was feeling angry about things in general, the performer decided the character should totally freak out before collapsing. The audience loved it so it stayed in.
6th Apr '12 3:32:18 PM SapphireFinale
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* OurActsAreDifferent: The 90-minute show (plus a 10-15 minute preshow) is performed in one act.
19th Mar '12 6:02:35 AM SapphireFinale
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--> ''Can imagination be a souvenir? Actually, yes!''
--> TurnOfTheMillennium tagline
13th Feb '12 1:45:06 PM SapphireFinale
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* TrueLovesKiss: Used by [[spoiler: the Cleaning Lady on the frog; this turns it into the trumpet player we saw in the opening procession]].

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* TrueLovesKiss: Used by With the twist that [[spoiler: the frog has just shown up, and the Cleaning Lady on the frog; this turns kisses it because she assumes it will turn into the trumpet player we saw in the opening procession]].a handsome prince who will become her true love. To her credit, she's right]].
13th Feb '12 1:37:03 PM SapphireFinale
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* TrueLovesKiss: Used by [[spoiler: the Cleaning Lady on the frog; this turns it into the trumpet player we saw in the opening procession]].
19th Sep '11 6:29:37 PM Arixa
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* RearrangeTheSong: Once you get past the beginning, À La Lune (the chair balancing act's song) is nothing more than a remixed version of Havi Vahlia from the same act in NouvelleExperience with scat singing instead of real lyrics. Since it's virtually the exact same act, originally performed by the exact same performer, this actually makes some kind of sense and is a nice tribute to the older show.
13th Sep '11 8:57:27 PM Arixa
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*RearrangeTheSong: Once you get past the beginning, À La Lune (the chair balancing act's song) is nothing more than a remixed version of Havi Vahlia from the same act in NouvelleExperience with scat singing instead of real lyrics. Since it's virtually the exact same act, originally performed by the exact same performer, this actually makes some kind of sense and is a nice tribute to the older show.
4th Jun '11 1:09:31 PM AnotherSapphire
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* HilariousInHindsight: In this Disney-supported show, what fairy tale provides the climax/ending to the story? [[spoiler: "The Frog Prince".]]



* RecycledScript: Juggler Anthony Gatto and his act from ''{{KOOZA}}'' were moved to this show in 2010 to replace the chair balancing act (which itself had made its first Cirque appearance in ''NouvelleExperience'').
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