Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Upcoming Performance: 25th Anniversary of Cirque du Soleil (UPDATED LINK)

(I originally posted the wrong link for you to watch on Friday...the correct link is here.)

I'm very excited to tell you I'm dancing in an event this week as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration of Cirque du Soleil!

Technically I can't give details because the performance is something of a "surprise" until it happens, but the company has been spreading the word in general about the full event via Facebook, so I think it's okay I share just a little...

Basically the event is part of a 2-hour televised program to raise awareness for water conservation. Guy Laliberte, the founder of Cirque, recently went into space and the program will feature footage from him up there as well as celebrations from 14 cities around the world. Obviously I'm dancing in the New York section - and even though I can't tell you where we'll be, I CAN tell you to watch the full thing on DirectTV or online here on Friday night.

Here's info from the Facebook invitation:

Moving Stars and Earth for Water event is a World premiere artistic event which will be presented via Live Webcast on ONE DROP's website (http://www.onedrop.org) next October 9, at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

Organized in 14 cities, this event is the first social and artistic event that brings together personalities from different backgrounds who will join voices with Guy Laliberté to raise everyone’s awareness of water-related issues.

Resonating from Montreal, Johannesburg, New York, Mexico City, Paris, Marrakech, London, Tokyo, Tampa, Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, Mumbai, Santa Monica and Moscow, these voices will carry all the way to the International Space Station, echoing their concerns and their hopes for this precious resource.

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, A. R. Rahman, Cirque du Soleil, Claude Challe, Dr. David Suzuki, Fnaïre, Frank De Winne, Gilberto Gil, Gregory Colbert, Jean Lemire, Julie Payette, Maud Fontenoy, Patrick Bruel, Garou, Peter Lik, Shakira, Simon Carpentier, Tatuya Ishii, Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Tiffany Speight,Vandana Shiva, and Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

It's a great cause and a really cool thing to be a part of. I've been rehearsing for this about 2 hours a week with a small group and the choreographer, but this week we get together to arrange the full piece - all 200 dancers! Wow.

I will definitely be taking pictures, and clearly there will be great video of it! If you can watch it live online please do...I'll post video here as well when we get it!


AnneCoburnWhitmore said...

Wow!! Fantastic! - congrats on this!
:) Anne W.

Unknown said...

Very exciting! Can't wait to read your take on what it was like.

AnneCoburnWhitmore said...

tuning in!... ;)

Merde, Taylor - and hope your cold is better..will not be a long one! :)
Feel better!!

AnneCoburnWhitmore said...

Very cool -- can't wait for pictures!

Hope you are feeling better - rest as much as possible! [I know, easier said than done ;).]

Take care of yourself, 'k?!
Best wishes, have lots of fun!
~Anne W.