Alegría (Cirque du Soleil)

Alegría is a Cirque du Soleil touring production, created in 1994 by director Franco Dragone and director of creation Gilles Ste-Croix.

Cirque du Soleil Alegría logo
Logo for Cirque du Soleil's Alegria
CompanyCirque du Soleil
GenreContemporary circus
Show typeTouring arena show
Date of premiere21 April 1994 (Montreal)
Creative team
DirectorFranco Dragone
Director of creationGilles Ste-Croix
ComposerRené Dupéré
Costume designerDominique Lemieux
Set designerMichel Crête
ChoreographerDebra Brown
Lighting designerLuc Lafortune
Sound designerGuy Desrochers
Company founder and CEOGuy Laliberté
Make-up designerNathalie Gagné
Other information
Preceded byMystère (1993)
Succeeded byQuidam (1996)
Official website

It was one of Cirque du Soleil's most popular touring shows. Since it premiered in April 1994, it has been performed over 5,000 times and seen by over 14 million spectators in more than 250 cities around the world.[citation needed] Alegría originated as a touring big top show. However, beginning with its 2009–2011 North American tour, the show was converted to an arena format, enabling it to visit cities that were previously inaccessible to the big top tour. Furthermore, Alegría took a short respite and was converted to a resident show at MGM's Beau Rivage casino from May 1999 to October 2000 before it continued touring again. On 29 December 2013, Alegría performed its final show at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium.[citation needed]

Alegría takes its name from the Spanish word for "joy." Cirque du Soleil's literature describes the show as "an operatic introspection of the struggle for power and the invigorating energy of youth."[citation needed] Dominique Lemieux's costumes evince a baroque aesthetic of decadence and ornamentation, while René Dupéré's musical score features a unique blend of French, Spanish, African, and Mediterranean influences. The stage and props are characterized by gothic arches and harsh angular designs.

In 2019, Alegría has been remounted in a revamped version. "ALEGRIA in a new light", had its launch on 18 April 2019, in Montreal, Quebec.[citation needed]

Alegria's Grand Chapiteau in São Paulo, Brazil. March 2008


Acts in the show included:[1][unreliable source?]

  • aerial cube
  • contortion
  • fast track
  • fire
  • flying man
  • handbalancing
  • high bar
  • juggling
  • manipulation
  • power track
  • Russian bars
  • shoulder pole wire
  • slackwire
  • strong man
  • synchro trapeze
  • tightwire


Contortion artists in Alegría

Alegría's costumes have a dichotomy relating to the Old Order and the New Order. The Old Order has costumes which are reminiscent of New York's Gilded Age as they are finely decorated with feathers, lace, and other adornments. The New Order, on the other hand, representing the youth of tomorrow, have the same rich hues as the old order, while the fabrics used are lighter and softer, helping to emphasize the agility of youth.[2]


The original album artwork of Alegría, 1994

The soundtrack was composed by René Dupéré, who had composed for previous productions including Nouvelle Expérience, Saltimbanco and Mystère.

It was released as a studio album on 27 September 1994. Robbi Finkel and René Dupéré were nominated for a Grammy Award as Best Arranger at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards. The album was also nominated for several Félix Awards in 1995, winning two of the latter: 'Producer of the Year' for Robbi Finkel[3] and René Dupéré, and 'Sound Mixer of the Year' for Rob Heaney. Alegría was also ranked on the Billboard World Music Chart for 65 weeks.[citation needed]

The tracks for the original 1994 release, including the two extended tracks from 2002 are listed below and alongside are the acts during which they are played.[4]

  1. Alegría (Finale)
  2. Vai Vedrai
    • (Synchronized trapeze)
    • (Trapeze Duplex) (2007–2010)
  3. Kalandéro
    • Shoulder-Pole Wire (1994–1995)
    • Tightrope (1996, 2004)
    • Juggling (2002–2004, 2006–2013)
    • Slackwire (2004–2005)
  4. Querer (Interlude to Aerial high bar)
  5. Irna (Power track)
  6. Taruka (Contortion)
  7. Jeux d'enfants (Power track setup)
  8. Mirko (Opening)
  9. Icare (Aerial high bar)
  10. Ibis
    • Aerial Cube (1994–1995, 1997–1999, 2004–2008)
    • Flying Man (1996, 2003–2004)
  11. Valsapena (Power track)
  12. Nocturne (Snowstorm)
  13. Cerceaux (Manipulation)
  14. Malioumba (Flying man) (2001–2013)

Other songs

  1. Milonga (Introduction to musicians)
  2. Ouverture (Pre-Opening sequence)
  3. Prelude to Vai Vedrai (Pre-Trapeze act sequence)
  4. Fleurs (Clown act) (1997–2000, 2002–2004)
  5. Le Feu (Fire-knife dance)
  6. Homme Fort (Strong man) (1994–1999, 2001–2004)
  7. Danze Vazoule (Le bal)
  8. Ombre (Clown act) (1994–2004)
  9. Force 4/Balafon (Russian bars)
  10. La Perche 1 (Shoulder-pole wire) (1994–1995)
  11. La Perche 2 (Shoulder-pole wire out sequence) (1994–1995)
  12. Prelude to Le Cube (Pre-Aerial Cube act sequence) (1994–1995, 1997–1999, 2004–2007)
  13. Prelude to Contortion (Pre-Contortion Cube act sequence)
  14. Grands Volants Prelude (Pre-High Bar act sequence)
  15. Sisyphe (Handbalancing) (1995–2013)
  16. Rinalto Vera (Cyr wheel)
  17. Bardak (Clown act and Juggling) (1994–1997, 2005)
  18. Oiseaux sur la corde (Clown act) (1994–2004)
  19. Concierto de Aranjuez (Clown act) (1994–1996)


Alegría's tour history[5][unreliable source?] is quite extensive as it premiered in 1994. Since it began it has toured under the Grand Chapiteau as well as in sporting arenas. Additionally during 1999 and 2000 it played as a resident show in Biloxi's Beau Rivage. After 19 years of touring, Alegria performed for the last time in Antwerp, BE on 29 December 2013.[citation needed]


In commemoration of the show's 25th anniversary, a new show called Alegría: In a New Light was created, in its original Big Top format to pay tribute to the original show. The tour began on 18 April 2019 in Montreal. It will feature revamped numbers, characters, costumes, music and makeup.[6]


  1. ^ "Alegría Acts". Cirque Tribune. Archived from the original on 3 November 2008. Archived 3 November 2008.
  2. ^ Clément, Ronald (2009). Cirque du Soleil 25 Years of Costumes (in Chinese, French, and Japanese). Canada: Dépôt légal, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada. pp. 34–39. ISBN 978-2-9803493-4-8.
  3. ^ RobbiFinkel. "Robbi Finkel's website". Retrieved 19 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Music - Alegría". Cirque Tribune. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  5. ^ Cirque Tribune Alegría Schedule
  6. ^