SCALADA is a unique open air event, developed by Cirque du Soleil for the Principality of Andorra. Inspired by the resplendent beauty of Andorra, SCALADA will be performed exclusively in the principality this summer from July 5 until August 2, 2014, at 10:00 p.m.
Deep in the heart of a lush forest, two hikers stop for a relaxing picnic on the grass. Through their leisure however, they are careless, and their irresponsible actions spark the fury of Mother Nature...
The ground rumbles, time stops and the pair of wanderers are suddenly swallowed up by the earth.
This enchanted land is the root of all life and home to three compassionate Muses, who represent the valleys where the majestic Valira rises. The Muses lead the hikers on a journey of discovery through a magical world which has the power to transform.
The hikers encounter the luxurious forces of Andorra’s nature—water, earth, stone, roots, flora and fauna all spectacularly come to life before their eyes.
Over the course of this insightful adventure, the two hikers gradually feel themselves drawn to a mission that is as vital as it is grandiose—to preserve the splendour of Andorra and let its beauty shine for all to see.
The set design seeks to mirror the surrounding landscape. This scenic space is where Nature’s struggle against Man plays out, through the arrangement of its various composite elements.
An immense tree—a symbol of life—is surrounded by a mountain and a hanging forest. The set becomes the characters’ acrobatic playground, as they enter from the top of the mountain before delivering their performance.
The music of Mater Natura supports the acrobatic performances throughout the hikers’ journey. Like the protagonists, the audience is moved by a very diverse and unique blend of sounds—from uplifting Indian and gypsy inspired rhythms to more intimate and nostalgic moments of soul music.
Mater Natura is clothed in the colours of the nature around her. Her muses bring the flora and fauna to life in the form of characters dressed in organic, varied costumes—some more neutral in tone (e.g. those bearing stones) and others light and bright (e.g. those drawn from the river) but all representing different aspects of nature.