Cirque du Soleil: behind the scenes of “Vive nos divas”

Cirque du Soleil: behind the scenes of «Vive nos divas»


Things are buzzing backstage at the Cirque du Soleil at the Cogeco Amphitheater in Trois-Rivières, ahead of the premiere of the show Vive nos divas > in two weeks.

In the props and costumes department as well as in makeup, red reigns supreme as artisans get busy organizing everything .

They are in the final preparations, the stage tests. Originality is not lacking in this department, as evidenced by several candlesticks assembled with bulbs that play the role of flames to illustrate a campfire.

More than 160 costumes were created for this production. Couturiers and designers have encountered their share of challenges. Each acrobat and each discipline requires a new template and appropriate fabric. In addition, we had to think about cleaning because the artists will wear their costumes for a duration of 20 performances.

Cirque du Soleil would not be what it is without the make-up. Acrobats and dancers are multidisciplinary and they must learn to do makeup. Tutorials help them in their creation. They are on their second training and everything is going wonderfully, makeup designer Audrey Toulouse confirmed to TVA Nouvelles.

A family story is hidden in the production. Colette LeMay, the 12-year-old daughter of director Lydia Bouchard, will be the lead singer, alternating with 13-year-old Anaïs Gonzales. They will take on the role of Phoenix every other night.

Red is absolutely everywhere: on costumes, accessories and make-up. It represents the love, life and passion of the divas, these Quebec singers who will shine in this show of 20 songs. The first performance of a series of 20 will be presented on July 20.