FYI Vol. VI, No. 5

 

NECCA Founders Ousted

The following announcement was made of the Carson and Barnes webpage:  “For unseen circumstances with additional financial burdens, we have come to the difficult decision to bring the show off the road for the remaining summer months.”  Apparently this is the kind of decision facing some of the biggest titles in the business.

 

Cirque Goes Blue

Cirque du Soleil, best known for its acrobatic circus displays, has announced that it had acquired Blue Man Productions, with the mutual aim of expanding Blue Man’s reach beyond its five permanent United States shows (in New York, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla.), a world tour and one permanent international show (Berlin).  This news come to us from the New York Times.

The acquisition will enable Blue Man  to tap into Cirque’s worldwide access to theaters and marketers. In particular, both organizations have their eye on China, home to one of the most powerful and quickly growing entertainment industries in the world.

“We saw the potential for a marketing and distributing powerhouse like Cirque du Soleil to be able to distribute Blue Man Group and make their brand better known internationally,” said Daniel Lamarre, Cirque’s chief executive, the Times reports.

The purchase allows Cirque to take a giant step in diversifying its portfolio.  This has been a major ambition of the company since 2015 when a majority stake was sold to TPG, a private equity form based in Texas.

“The acquisition of Blue Man, for us, is kind of a breakthrough to make clear to people that Cirque is going from a circus company to becoming a global leader of entertainment,” Mr. Lamarre said.

Although terms of the deal were not disclosed,  Lamarre said the sale price was in the “tens of millions.”

China is an ideal destination for Blue Man Group. One of the biggest challenges facing American productions in China is the language barrier, an obstacle that doesn’t exist for Blue Man’s mostly nonverbal shows.

 

Liz Arratoon of thewidowstanton.com Interviews Keaton Hentoff-Killian

Here’s the interview: bit.ly/KH-K

Photographic History of NoFit State Circus in the Works

Nofit State Circus, the Cardiff, Wales based international circus which last year enjoyed a successful residency under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York will soon publish a book of photographs by Mark Robson.  The work will cover Robson’s work with the company for the past thirteen years, during which time he was a performer, and work in production  as well as teaching and sitting on the board of trustees.  The images will cover all of the company’s shows during that period as well as community, backstage and portrait work.  There will be a total of 230 images in the book.

Here is a sample of these images

 

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