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Cirque du Soleil announces its 41st original production

Montreal, Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to announce a new production for next spring in Montreal: Cirque du Soleil VOLTATM, written and directed by Bastien Alexandre and with Jean Guibert as the director of creation.  The show will be presented under the Big Top in Montreal’s Old Port starting April 20th, 2017. The name VOLTA refers to a sudden about-face, a change in emotion or idea often used in poetry. It also speaks to the jolt of energy delivered through the show.


The show
VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves the adrenaline rush of acrobatics into a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.

VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and the power of the group to make that possible. It celebrates freedom as a movement.

WAZ, a popular gameshow host, has lost touch with his inner self in the pursuit of fame, pulling others in the trap of instant glory. But as doubt sets in, WAZ is enlightened by childhood memories as he encounters “free spirits” who open doors to his inner soul he has long kept shut. On his high-voltage search for meaning, will WAZ find the courage to relinquish his fame, reconnect with his true self, and shine bright?

The creative team
VOLTA’s creative team comprises 13 creators under the artistic guidance of Jean-François Bouchard:

Bastien Alexandre - Writer and Director
Jean Guibert - Director of Creation
Bruce Rodgers - Set Designer
Zaldy Goco - Costume Designer
Julie Perron - Choreographer
Martin Labrecque - Lighting Designer
Thibaut Duverneix - Video Content Designer
Jean-Michel Caron - Sound Designer
Anne Séguin Poirier - Props Designer
Philippe Aubertin - Acrobatic Performance Designer
Rob Bollinger - Acrobatic Performance Designer
Jaque Paquin - Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer
Eleni Uranis - Make up Designer
Manon Beaudoin - Character’s guide

Tickets Information
VOLTA will be presented under the Big Top in Montreal’s Old Port starting April 20th, 2017. Cirque Club members can purchase tickets for these performances online starting today at

Twitter: @Cirque #VOLTA 
Instagram: cirquedusoleil #VOLTA 

Cirque du Soleil
VOLTA is Cirque du Soleil’s 41st original production since 1984, and its 18th show presented under the Big Top. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

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Mélissa Roy 
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