The Circus Comes To Malta: Cirque Du Soleil By VITORI
Inspired by the island’s history, Cirque du Soleil brings a spectacular new show to Valletta in 2019. Its Vice President Creation shares the details.
Cirque du Soleil’s colourful menagerie of acrobats, clowns, contortionists and magicians dazzles every audience in its wake, while its sets, costumes and musical scores enchant with their ambitious creative flair. The circus’ latest creation, VITORI, commandeers the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta this autumn. Here, Vice President Creation Daniel Fortin shares what we can look forward to at VITORI by Cirque du Soleil.
What inspired VITORI by Cirque du Soleil? VITORI mobilises a cast of characters inspired by the pieces in the game of chess. Two teams go head to head on a giant chessboard ready to wage a battle to the end, but when the King falls in love with the Rook of the other team he creates mayhem, leaving his subjects in total disarray.
The inspiration for VITORI came from Malta’s own rich history and culture; its strategic importance in the interplay between world powers that dates back thousands of years, as well as an homage to the monumental castles and architectural structures that are so distinctive to the Maltese landscape. It’s almost mythical.
Why is Valletta the perfect setting for the inaugural show? Valletta is an epicentre of art, culture and entertainment. Walking through the city is like walking through an open-air museum that also has a festive and contemporary nightlife. You can’t ask for more than that. The Mediterranean Conference Centre is an incredibly unique space that is beautifully modern and medieval all at once. We want to showcase the versality of the theatre space by creating an avant-garde set design that integrates within the audience.
What’s your favourite VITORI costume, set or act? It’s impossible to decide because each element is carefully crafted and brings its own unique value to the show. Collectively they create an immersive universe that our audiences can get swept up in.
This is Cirque du Soleil’s first time in Malta—what is the VITORI team most excited about doing on the island? The benefit of being in Malta is seeing just how much beauty there is to explore and that there is something for everyone. While we will be busy with rehearsals, I’m certain that half our team will make time to explore the walking trails, and get lost in the picturesque attractions, and the other half will do a tour of the restaurants.
What is it like to work at Cirque de Soleil? Working at Cirque du Soleil has been a tremendous experience for me and working with so many talented people is a gift; we’re able to create an incredibly unique work output that audiences all over the world can enjoy and we can all be proud of.
Will Cirque du Soleil be back in Malta? VITORI by Cirque du Soleil is actually the first of a three-year engagement in Malta, thanks to the Malta Tourism Authority and 356 Group. So, we are looking forward to a long and prosperous engagement in Malta.