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6th May '13 7:20:43 AM Sapphirea2
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CirqueDuSoleil's third tour, sometimes called just ''Cirque Reinvente'' or (in the U.S.) ''We Reinvent the Circus'', opened in 1987. It would be their first show to venture beyond its home country of Canada, via a make-or-break visit to an arts festival in Los Angeles, California; it did well enough that an out-and-out U.S. tour followed.

Within a single ring, a simple prologue sets the scene: The King of Fools and the Queen of the Night transform drab Ordinary People (caricatures of such, via exaggerated masks and suits/dresses) into whimsical acrobats and clowns for a day. Some of the acts had appeared in Cirque before -- clown Denis Lacombe had appeared in both of the previous tours, and the climactic bicycle act in ''La Magie Continue'' -- but the increasingly unified creative team led by director Franco Dragone gave the show theme and polish that charmed audiences on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border.

The show's huge success meant growing pains for the company. After the initial Canadian/U.S. dates, Dragone and his team began developing a follow-up tour while ''Reinvente'' continued touring. ''Eclipse'' wound up withering on the vine and the quality of ''Reinvente'', as far as the creators were concerned, dropped without their oversight. The management shakeups that the company's expansion resulted in didn't help matters, and the 1990 leg of the tour, which took the show to London and Paris, proved disappointing. But from the ashes of these setbacks ultimately rose ''NouvelleExperience'', and the company would soon be on a lengthy roll...

This show was filmed for television and while the original tour ended in 1990, it had two variations mounted in 1992.
* ''Fascination'' was a Japanese arena tour that used this show's plot but featured acts and performers from both ''Reinvente'' and ''Nouvelle Experience'' (plus a few new acts).
* Meanwhile in Switzerland, Circus Knie, one of many established circuses that the fledgling [=CDS=] was inspired and mentored by, collaborated with them for a production of ''Reinvente'' that included animal acts (which Cirque traditionally eschews) and toured the country.

!!!This show contains examples of:
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: The [=TV=] special aired in the U.S. as ''Cirque du Soleil: We Reinvent the Circus''. The 2001 [=DVD=] release reverted to ''Cirque Reinvente''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: There's little interaction between the characters and acts. The staging is that of a traditional one-ring circus with a curtain at the back for entrances and exits, and the costuming and makeup are far less ambitious and surreal than they would be in subsequent Cirque productions.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: In an offbeat way -- the Korean plank act had acrobats whose costumes gave them penguin-inspired appearances; the song for the act was titled "Les Pengouins". Perhaps with this trope in mind, this act was incorporated into both ''Fascination'' and the Circus Knie version of the show.
* GorgeousGarmentGeneration: The opening scene has the drably-dressed Ordinary Man slowly turned into the glamorous Ringmaster; once he's given the NiceHat he gains a suit to match it. He's changed back in the final scene.
* ManInWhite: The Ordinary Man is revealed to be this when his suit and mask are removed.
* NiceHat: The magical blue top hat helps turn the Ordinary Man into the Ringmaster. At the end of the show, removing it changes him back.
* NonIronicClown: Several appeared in the show over the course of its run; only Wayne Hronek's "Benny Le Grand" was a given. Ironically, he's not featured in the videotaped version.

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CirqueDuSoleil's third tour, sometimes called just ''Cirque Reinvente'' or (in the U.S.) ''We Reinvent the Circus'', opened in 1987. It would be their first show to venture beyond its home country of Canada, via a make-or-break visit to an arts festival in Los Angeles, California; it did well enough that an out-and-out U.S. tour followed.

Within a single ring, a simple prologue sets the scene: The King of Fools and the Queen of the Night transform drab Ordinary People (caricatures of such, via exaggerated masks and suits/dresses) into whimsical acrobats and clowns for a day. Some of the acts had appeared in Cirque before -- clown Denis Lacombe had appeared in both of the previous tours, and the climactic bicycle act in ''La Magie Continue'' -- but the increasingly unified creative team led by director Franco Dragone gave the show theme and polish that charmed audiences on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border.

The show's huge success meant growing pains for the company. After the initial Canadian/U.S. dates, Dragone and his team began developing a follow-up tour while ''Reinvente'' continued touring. ''Eclipse'' wound up withering on the vine and the quality of ''Reinvente'', as far as the creators were concerned, dropped without their oversight. The management shakeups that the company's expansion resulted in didn't help matters, and the 1990 leg of the tour, which took the show to London and Paris, proved disappointing. But from the ashes of these setbacks ultimately rose ''NouvelleExperience'', and the company would soon be on a lengthy roll...

This show was filmed for television and while the original tour ended in 1990, it had two variations mounted in 1992.
* ''Fascination'' was a Japanese arena tour that used this show's plot but featured acts and performers from both ''Reinvente'' and ''Nouvelle Experience'' (plus a few new acts).
* Meanwhile in Switzerland, Circus Knie, one of many established circuses that the fledgling [=CDS=] was inspired and mentored by, collaborated with them for a production of ''Reinvente'' that included animal acts (which Cirque traditionally eschews) and toured the country.

!!!This show contains examples of:
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: The [=TV=] special aired in the U.S. as ''Cirque du Soleil: We Reinvent the Circus''. The 2001 [=DVD=] release reverted to ''Cirque Reinvente''.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: There's little interaction between the characters and acts. The staging is that of a traditional one-ring circus with a curtain at the back for entrances and exits, and the costuming and makeup are far less ambitious and surreal than they would be in subsequent Cirque productions.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: In an offbeat way -- the Korean plank act had acrobats whose costumes gave them penguin-inspired appearances; the song for the act was titled "Les Pengouins". Perhaps with this trope in mind, this act was incorporated into both ''Fascination'' and the Circus Knie version of the show.
* GorgeousGarmentGeneration: The opening scene has the drably-dressed Ordinary Man slowly turned into the glamorous Ringmaster; once he's given the NiceHat he gains a suit to match it. He's changed back in the final scene.
* ManInWhite: The Ordinary Man is revealed to be this when his suit and mask are removed.
* NiceHat: The magical blue top hat helps turn the Ordinary Man into the Ringmaster. At the end of the show, removing it changes him back.
* NonIronicClown: Several appeared in the show over the course of its run; only Wayne Hronek's "Benny Le Grand" was a given. Ironically, he's not featured in the videotaped version.
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6th May '13 6:55:22 AM Sapphirea2
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22nd Sep '12 11:33:16 AM Sapphirea
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: There's no big, overarching theme to this show beyond "be a whimsical circus star for a day", so there's little interaction between the characters and acts. The staging is that of a traditional one-ring circus with a curtain at the back for entrances and exits, and the costuming and makeup are far less ambitious and surreal than they would be in subsequent Cirque productions.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: There's no big, overarching theme to this show beyond "be a whimsical circus star for a day", so there's little interaction between the characters and acts. The staging is that of a traditional one-ring circus with a curtain at the back for entrances and exits, and the costuming and makeup are far less ambitious and surreal than they would be in subsequent Cirque productions.
22nd Sep '12 11:31:47 AM Sapphirea
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: There's next to no interaction between the characters aside from the opening and closing sequences, the staging is that of a traditional one-ring circus with a curtain at the back for entrances and exits, and the costuming and makeup are far less ambitious and surreal than they would be in subsequent Cirque productions.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: There's next no big, overarching theme to no this show beyond "be a whimsical circus star for a day", so there's little interaction between the characters aside from the opening and closing sequences, the acts. The staging is that of a traditional one-ring circus with a curtain at the back for entrances and exits, and the costuming and makeup are far less ambitious and surreal than they would be in subsequent Cirque productions.productions.
22nd Sep '12 11:28:27 AM Sapphirea
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: There's next to no interaction between the characters aside from the opening and closing sequences, the staging is that of a traditional one-ring circus with a curtain at the back for entrances and exits, and the costuming and makeup are far less ambitious and surreal than they would be in subsequent Cirque productions.
17th Jul '12 2:20:54 PM SapphireFinale
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* NonIronicClown: Several appeared in the show over the course of its run; only Wayne Hronek's "Benny Le Grand" was a given.

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* NonIronicClown: Several appeared in the show over the course of its run; only Wayne Hronek's "Benny Le Grand" was a given. Ironically, he's not featured in the videotaped version.
13th Jun '11 10:42:13 AM AnotherSapphire
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* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: In an offbeat way -- the Korean plank act has acrobats whose [[http://www.richasi.com/Cirque/Reinvent/full/87-act06-1.jpg costumes]] give them penguin-inspired appearances; the song for the act is titled "Les Pengouins". Perhaps with this trope in mind, this act was incorporated into both ''Fascination'' and the Circus Knie version of the show.

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* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: In an offbeat way -- the Korean plank act has had acrobats whose [[http://www.richasi.com/Cirque/Reinvent/full/87-act06-1.jpg costumes]] give costumes gave them penguin-inspired appearances; the song for the act is was titled "Les Pengouins". Perhaps with this trope in mind, this act was incorporated into both ''Fascination'' and the Circus Knie version of the show.
22nd Feb '11 10:36:18 AM SapphireRedux
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* RecycledScript: Denis Lacombe's most famous segment, the "conductor" act, would later be revived with a new performer in ''[=ZAIA=]''.
22nd Feb '11 10:35:47 AM SapphireRedux
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* ''Fascination'' was a Japanese arena tour that used this show's ExcusePlot, but featured acts and performers from both ''Reinvente'' and ''Nouvelle Experience'' (plus a few new acts).

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* ''Fascination'' was a Japanese arena tour that used this show's ExcusePlot, plot but featured acts and performers from both ''Reinvente'' and ''Nouvelle Experience'' (plus a few new acts).



* ExcusePlot
* GenreTurningPoint: This show helped popularize both Cirque du Soleil and the contemporary circus genre in North America.
13th Dec '10 11:51:39 AM SapphireRedux
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CirqueDuSoleil's third tour, sometimes called just ''Cirque Reinvente'' or (in the U.S.) ''We Reinvent the Circus'', opened in 1987. It would be their first show to venture beyond its home country of Canada, via a make-or-break visit to an arts festival in Los Angeles, California. They made it, big time.

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CirqueDuSoleil's third tour, sometimes called just ''Cirque Reinvente'' or (in the U.S.) ''We Reinvent the Circus'', opened in 1987. It would be their first show to venture beyond its home country of Canada, via a make-or-break visit to an arts festival in Los Angeles, California. They made it, big time.
California; it did well enough that an out-and-out U.S. tour followed.



* AmericansHateTingle: One reason the London and Paris engagements didn't do as well as hoped was that what was new to North American audiences brought up on circuses such as Ringling Bros. wasn't new at all to Europeans.
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