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From the Cave

Alegria Arena Tour

Vol 3:

June 2010

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“From the Cave” 3rd edition - Happy One Year Anniversary: Is it already one year in arena? Really! Really for the past 12 months, we changed cities, hotels and work areas every week! When we started this tour, that was almost unbelievable for most of us. I think we were all like bats, a bit blind by not knowing what was coming with the new arena adventure. But like bats, we adapted even if it was a bit dark, and we found our way to enjoy our new life. With this edition of “from the cave” it is time to remember your first year with ALEGRIA ARENA. As usual, thank you to all collaborators. Without you we would not have these fine memories of our 53 party (Why 53 and not 54? Because everything is faster in arena!!!) Enjoy!


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18,171 miles driven by 18 trucks est consuming 52,200 gallons of fuel

16 new Artists

309 Highbar Performances

342 Shows

756 Trailers loaded in 144 hours (approx. 12 minutes a trailer)

173 Manipulation performances

81 ‘Normal’ Shows

Fastest Load-out: 2hours 20 minutes

11 new couples

3050 lbs of snow for the Storm

6 Weddings

42 Air Horns 672 Fumex burned 3360 Balloons 504 gallons of Coleman fuel used in fire

Highest altitude performed (data from Google earth)

4 Tour Breaks

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2 Countries

88 Juggling performances

16 Chartered Flights

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41 Cities

204 Roue Cyr performances

20 Bus Transfers

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5637feet = 1718.16meters Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho NM

4244 feet = 1293.57meters E Center, Salt Lake City UT

5000 laundry loads 250 bottles of soap 100 of baby wipe boxes

63,562 Pages 


printed on tour

100 paper towels rolls Treats earned: 38!

1 Computer stolen

751,117 tickets sold (2196 per show average) 2023 complimentary tickets

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A week in the life of… Jon – P. Med Tuesday I usually start around 5 pm, setting up the

During the rest of the first half I try to finish my notes on the

office and the backstage area. I unload the Toy Box (that is how we call the gym equipments), pump up the ball, check if the safety equipment is put backstage, test the defibrillator and the oxygen cylinder, install the timetable for treatments and the massage schedule. Once the office is set, I get in contact with the local emergency team and locate the room closest to the arena to check what they are able to accept in their facilities.

Wednesday I start by watching the Lev (High Bar) training and

computer and prepare the daily medical report for that day while being on standby.

Intermission usually involves treating the artists who got hurt during the first half or those how are going on stage.

Second half, I get ready backstage at the end of flying man and shake the hands of the entire Russian bar team then hand out the gargoyles for all Angels running on stage for the Russian bar cue. At the end of the

act is the mad run off stage trying to make sure I don’t get hit by a Russian bar being lowered to get through the back stage curtain. For the high bar guys I make sure all the guys are ok by a hit of the knuckles. I watch them perform with my trusty blue bag and radio turned up to max volume so that I can hear any calls over the bass of the speakers that I stand behind.

discuss with the coach’s for any current injuries that could affect the act and check if the exercise programs in place are working. Following that is putting in my first load of washing of the week and restocking the tape supplies, making sure there is enough tape cut up for the power track training later on. After I go back on stage to watch Russian bars rehearse. As soon as they finish training, I rush back to the office for the first taping of the week for the Power-Tracker’s. I have to get my hand slapped by Misha after he has been tapped and hope it passes his sound test because if doesn’t it is always down to my poor technique and it continues till I get it right or till my hand is too red and painful to continue.

During the day involves; treatments, taping and completing projects

For the rest of the day it is catching up on paper work and treatments as well as preparing the massage room for the next day. I also meet with Isabel, the venue guy, head of security and the ushers to discuss what would happen during an emergency situation for both the artists and members of the public and find out what type of paramedic team is onsite.

Sunday is load out day. I email the massage therapist and doctors for

Thursday to Saturday, 2hrs before show I meet with Kim to hand

As soon as I know that certain equipment is not used for the day, it gets packed into the toy boxes before the end of intermission where we go on for a the big hunt for any toys that have rolled away from the blue carpet. 15 minutes before second half, I join Misha and An for the abs session where Misha tries to make it as hard as possible.

over injuries that have been treated during the day and prepare the information needed so that Brooke knows who is available and who can do what during the show. Before show, I take a quick run to catering to get something to eat and back on time to tape people.

Show starts and following the end of trapeze it is the high five ritual

with the Power-Tracker’. It consist of doing a brief pole dance for An, sniffing both feet for Steph VB and high five the rest before they go on stage. As they go on stage I walk behind the speakers on stage left and watch the act looking at their take off and landings making sure that all is well till they all run off stage.

Quest Center, Omaha NE

that have been set and planning the emergency session for the next few weeks. Besides that, there is the meeting with the massage therapist discussing their contract, giving them on a tour of back stage and discussing the treatments that they can perform. When the massage therapist leaves, I go to the room to collect the vast amount of towels and sheets that they have managed to use during the day and discuss any problems or any concerns they have had with the treatments sessions. And then it is back to the washing machine to carry it all out before Wardrobe uses the machines.

the following week to confirm our arrival and check up on the medical facilities close to the arena and near the hotel. Load out starts as soon as first show begins by packing up the massage room and completing the weekly medical summary for that week.

During the second half the line gets packed away, beds put back in the road cases and before they go off to the loading dock. High bar starts and I help BSM dismantle the low bar unit before the show ends. As soon as the high bar act ends, all emergency equipment is taken back to Pmed to be stored in the road cases then rolled out to to be shipped off to the next arena.

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Wolstein Center, Cleveland OH

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A week in the life of… Sheryl-Lynne – Assistant to Artistic Director On Monday I look for the best shopping mall and the closest Starbucks. I usually shop for 7 hours, then go to the gym. On Tuesday, I have a lighter shopping day (3 to 4 hours) by visiting smaller shops or if there is something cultural to do in the city, I will sightseeing or go to the theater or a museum. My week starts on Wednesday morning, usually around 11am. I start by checking with everyone in the artistic department and seeing if anyone needs any kind of help. My job on Wednesday is to be a trouble shooter and a helper. I wear my radio and go where needs my assistance. I deal with things that no one else has time for or I act as the information relay between departments and staff. It can get quite busy and I run around a lot in order to pass on solution and information. It is high energy and a lot of fun! It is important to be able to think and react quickly because there is often no time to make a decision. The best part of my job is that every week there is a different set of challenges that need to be resolved. Sometimes these take a couple of hours and sometimes they take 2 or 3 days. I never know what’s my day is going to be like. It is always an adventure!

As the week continues, Thursday to Sunday I finish whatever that was leftover from Wednesday, which usually takes at least part of the day. Sometimes Brooke will ask me to watch a show, to look at or listen to something specific. I also film parts of the show including close ups of characters, acts and artists for Montreal’s archives department. I also update the Rotation Schedule for the artists on a regular basis. This is the schedule that we all follow and also that determines which acts are in the show and which artist does which role for the performance. It can get very complicated and tricky puzzle to work out especially If someone is sick or injured. I produce a weekly Artistic Assistant’s report that captures the highlights of the week from Wardrobe, PMed, Stage Management and our Head Coach. I also create a document to let the Artistic team knows the hours that each of us that will be on site for the week. Brooke and I meet regularly to look at what we need to work on for the following week and to discuss any ongoing challenges that have not been fully resolved yet. Lastly, a large part of my job involves organization of people, things and activities. I spend a lot of time running around coordinating schedules and activities so that we have the most efficient use of everyone’s time. This can also be a challenge as not everyone is on site at the same time and with so much constant change in the arenas, our schedules need to be always flexible.

April fool 2010

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What were you doing before joining Cirque?

Match names with jobs! (answers in the next page. Do not look it before you guessed all!!)

Was Prince Charming on Disneyland 


Worked on a Museum 


Production Accountant on TV show 


Domestic Violence Counselor 


Worked in the Army 


Delivered Hot Tubs 

Sheryl Lynne 

BBQ Chef in Puketutu Island 


Worked in a Make Up store 


Door Man in a Bar 


Pop Corn seller 


Restaurant Owner 


Carpenter for a TV show 


Family Therapist 


Math Teacher 


Sales Assistant in a Chocolate Store 


Worked on Constructions 


A&W Root Bear 






Worked in Tobacco Fields 


Gas Station Cashier 


Wood Artisan 


Waiter on Colonial outfit 


Business Man 


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Now picture it!

Worked in Tobacco Fields Family Therapist

Production Accountant on TV show

Carpenter for a TV show

Pop Corn seller A&W Root Bear BBQ Chef in Puketutu Island

Sales Assistant in a Chocolate Store

Gas Station Cashier Math Teacher Delivered Hot Tubs


Worked in a Make Up store

Domestic Violence Consoler

Wood Artisan

Was Prince Charming on Disneyland

Restaurant Owner Waiter on Colonial outfit Usher Worked in the Army

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Business Man

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On average,  women say  7000 words per  day. Men  manage just  over 2000  

The best recorded distance for  projectile vomiting is 27 feet  Лучшый рекорд по блеванию на растояние 27

среднем  женщина  говорит около  7000 слов за  день,когда  мужчина чуть  больше 2000! 

The average person  grows up to 6 feet of  nose hair  У человека в среднем вырастает в носу около 6 фит волос!

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There are 333 squares  of toilet paper on a  roll 

Termites eat wood  twice as fast when  listening to heavy  metal music 

В одном рулоне  туалетной бумаге  333 квадрата! 

Canada imports  approx. 822  Russian‐made  hockey sticks on  an average day 

Термиты едят  дерево в два раза  быстрее когда  слышат музыку  хеви метал! 

The average human head  weighs about eight  pounds  Голова человека весит  около 8 паундов! 

В России за один день делают 822 хокейных клюшек!

A spider`s silk is  stronger than steel  Паутина сильнее  чем железо! 

2/3 of the world’s eggplant is grown in New  Jersey  2/3 кабачков от всего мира выращивают в  New Jersey 

The United States spends more money  on its military than the next 13 countries  on the list combined  США тратят на свое вооружение больше чем 13 стран взятых вместе!

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by Mikey 

There is a famous saying: “When in Rome do as the Romans do” meaning “Don’t set your own  rules  when  you  are  someone’s  guest”.  But  sometimes  you  wish  you  were  able  to,  especially  when you are working with different local organizations that manage each arena that we go to.   Since the start of the Alegria arena tour, we have encountered several challenges that make  you go hmmm…  Here are some interesting examples that we have had.  -




In  Augusta  Georgia,  truck  loaders  were  only  allowed to load 3 trucks every 4 hours. Our show  has  18  trucks  and  takes  about  3  to  4  hours  to  load‐out.  Lucky  for  them  (local  Union  truck  loaders) they got paid for 20 hours of work.   In St. Louis, the fire marshal followed Micah from  the  audience  through  backstage  to  the  loading  dock,  just  in  case  his  knives  might  somehow  reignite even though he saw the technician spray  the knife with water.   A  Fire  Marshall  made  Sheldon  spray  the  fire  extinguisher  on  one  of  our  hazer’s.  (A  hazer  is  a  machine that blows smoke that makes the arena  look like a “haze”). He thought it was on fire.  In  some  venues,  even  though  our  technician  knows how to drive a forklift, we had to find and  ask  a  union  member  to  do  the  job  for  us.  This  results us waiting around for someone else to do  our job. 




And  of  course  everybody  remembers  what  happened in Hoffman Estate where we had to use  moving lights to replace the spot lights. We were  only allowed to use local staff for the spot lights  for our show. It would not be safe for the artist if  they had only one day of training before the first  show  so  we  had  to  figure  a  way  to  present  the  show without spot lights.  Little  update…  in  Hoffman  Estates;  both  for  Saltimbanco  and  Alegria,  Michel    stood  his  ground  and  said  safety  for  our  artists  was  the  most  important  and  we  could  not  jeopardize  it.  After the second show without having spots, they  understood  and  the  next  Cirque  du  Soleil  show  will be able to use our own crew.  We do get good people to work with as well; like  in Omaha from the end of the show until the last  door  closed  we  finished  in  2  hours  and  20  minutes  which  is  our  fastest  time  yet.

  In the end, we need the help of each local crew to help us build our show in such a quick time for our fast paced tour. The  challenges can be frustrating and the quality of each crew can vary from highly experienced to just plain annoying. But we  need them so we adapt each week and our patience either grows or shrinks. It’s a good thing that we have good tech’s that  accepts these challenges and compensates for the difference of lack of experience. 

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Sprint Center, Kansas City MO

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Chafeitz Arena, St-Lois MO

Bank of Kentucky Center, highland Heights KY

E Center, Salt Lake City UT

The adventure of Khalifah Zalopino

Did you know that in California a law created in 1925  makes it illegal to wiggle while dancing?   Well in Fresno, when Malika was dancing at a bar, she was  asked not to… 

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