Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products are excited to reveal two acrobatic acts and the set of Drawn to Life, the highly anticipated, new family friendly show coming to Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Written and directed by Michel Laprise and with Fabrice Becker as Director of Creation, this collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering will officially premiere April 17, 2020. The show will take residency at Disney Springs and during the media preview, we were honored to be able to get a sneak peek at this amazing show.
“Interpreting the works from Disney’s spectacular catalogue of animation into a live show was a thrilling opportunity for Cirque du Soleil, and we couldn’t be more proud of this production,” explained Diane Quinn, Chief Creative Officer Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. “Together with Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, we have created a stunning show that will inspire audiences to dream and reach for the impossible.” Drawn to Life is a live acrobatic journey telling the story of Julie, a determined girl who discovers an unexpected gift left by her Disney animator father: an unfinished animation. As she dives into the inner world of animation, Julie embarks on an inspiring quest guided by a surprising pencil and filled with her childhood Disney memories. The story is driven by ten unique acrobatic acts, including an energetic Rhythmic Gymnastics group number and a pencil-test-inspired Aerial Pole routine, both of which were unveiled today. Drawn to Life also features animation from beloved Disney films as well as all-new animation created by Disney artists led by Eric Goldberg, (who we got to meet and hear from), best known for characters such as the Genie in the animated classic, “Aladdin.” “Our show uses new technologies and art forms to portray the innate physicality of animation,” says Michel Laprise, Show Writer & Director. “During a number of the acts, classic Disney animation sequences come alive via contemporary projections, complementing the spectacular feats of our acrobats. “Together Disney and Cirque du Soleil have created an incredible new family entertainment experience that is sure to awe audiences and touch the hearts of adults and children alike,” says Natalie Woodward, Vice President of Production for Disney Parks Live Entertainment. “Our two organizations are rooted in artistry and share a passion for creating memorable experiences. That’s one reason Drawn to Life is a show that could only come from the creative minds of Disney and Cirque du Soleil.
Audience members of all ages will not only be captivated by the unbelievable talent and strength of the acrobats of Drawn to Life, but by the stunning stage and props as well. Stéphane Roy, the show’s award winning Set Designer, managed to create a fully immersive world for Julie’s journey inside the world of animation with no detail overlooked. Drawn to Life plays out on a vast stage made to look like an animator’s desk; sheets of paper surround the stage resembling the stacks of drafts that an animator inevitably sifts through during their creation process while a colossal version of an animator’s lamp towers overhead. “Every aspect of the set design has been meticulously crafted by Stéphane, who left no detail of the animator’s world untouched. The size and scope of props used in the show are spellbinding,’’ says Fabrice Becker, Creation Director. With an international cast of 65 artists, Drawn to Life will perform two shows per day, Tuesday through Saturday, at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort. Show Team
The list is daunting but it is important to applaud the hard work and effort along with the innovation and imagination that creators put into their work. Here is the creation team of Drawn to Life, the 50th original production of Cirque du Soleil:
Cirque du Soleil Chief Creative Officer Diane Quinn; Executive Producer Charles Joron; Creation Director Fabrice Becker; Writer and Show Director Michel Laprise; Set Designer Stephane Roy; Costume Designer Philippe Guillotel; Make-up Designer Eleni Uranis; Acrobatic Designer Germain Guillemot; Acrobatic Equipment Designer Danny Zen; Music Composer Benoit Jutras; Projection Designers Mathieu St-Arnaud & Félix Fradet-Faguy; Projections Producer 4U2C – Creative Studio Production Director Matthew Whelan, Magie Nouvelle, Raphaël Navarro; Puppets Designer Johanna Elhert; Sound Designer Jonathan Deans; Light Designer Martin Labrecque; Comic Act Designer Joe de Paul; Choreographers Kostiantyn Tomilchenko & Andrew Skeels; Walt Disney Animation Studios Animation Director Eric Goldberg; Creative Director Roger Gould; Producer Aimee Scribner, Walt Disney Imagineering Executive; Theatrical Development Michael Jung Executive; Music Studio Matt Walker Vice President Production; Natalie Woodward Producer; Omar Kamal Principal Technical Larry Sonn.
Tickets are now on sale. For more information on show tickets, dates and pricing, visit cirquedusoleil.com/drawntolife.