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Canning Conveyor add an element of dynamism for Cirque Du Soleil – LUZIA.

31st January 2017

Cirque du Soleil’s latest mind-bending big top touring show is LUZIA – A Waking Dream of Mexico. Inspired by the richness of the Mexican cult, LUZIA is a fusion of the sound of ‘luz’ (light in Spanish) and ‘lluvia’ (rain), two elements at the core of the show’s creation.

The world tour of LUZIA opened in Montreal’s Old Port on April 21 2016. The Grand Chapiteau was specially designed for the unique performances associated with Cirque du Soleil

LUZIA has a cast of 44 artists from 15 different countries and is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th production since 1984, and its 17th show presented under the big top. Directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca and co-written by Julie Hamelin Finzi its production team comprises 16 creators under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté (Guide) and Jean-François Bouchard (Creative Guide).

The circular stage rotates periodically, providing a dynamic visual experience for the audience. The opening sequence of the show is a metaphor for Mother Nature with a running monarch butterfly with her long wings flowing. This motion is achieved with a Canning treadmill.

Marshall Spratt, - Director, commented on the complexity of the treadmills utilized in the production, “They are big and potentially dangerous; dancers were introduced to the treadmills slowly and carefully before routines were performed.”

 “There is a Chinese pole made of metal, and covered in rubber which showcases the performers’ strength and agility. We have red hummingbirds jumping through large hoops; large swings which cause the audience to gasp when swung high, bowling-shaped pins for juggling and hollow poles for elevating acrobats, complete the props.”

Overseeing all of this is a huge sun disk at the back of the stage, which is complimented by the sacred heart costumes, an iconic image in Mexico.

Cirque du Soleil is ever-changing and evolving into new and amazing pieces, and LUZIA has topped them all with completely new additions. Until now, the only water show performed by Cirque du Soleil has been ‘O’ in Las Vegas. In LUZIA, the water is the star of the show and the ‘rain predicts the future’.

Where it all started:
Andrew Canning, commented, “We received the enquiry from Cirque Du Soleil back in Dec 2014 who were already in the creation process and were researching the market for treadmills for acrobatic artists to perform on. These would then be incorporated in a new big top production touring show. When they saw our unique Tumbleator™, they were very excited about it and subsequently information & ideas was exchanged.”

Andrew, continued, “We have a vast amount of experience working in the Film & TV industry and with our unique product which is well established in the market it was ideally suited and well in advance of expectations of Cirque Du Soleil in creation stages.” 

“Through the course of joint open innovation & collaboration, we covered many of the requirements of the initial brief. Additionally, we also incorporated some special features, which were unique & specific for Cirque Du Soleil, which included a battery-operated facility. This facilitates the whole stage to revolve around a giant turntable which included the addition of new revolutionary pneumatic castors which was a ‘world first’, to lift them off the floor for ease of moving them on and off stage quickly.”

After the units were shipped over to the Cirque Du Soleil main headquarters in Montreal, the Canning team followed to commission them and aid & advice on their operation for the initial rehearsals in preparation for the world premier opening of LUZIA show, in the big top at the Montreal Port in April 2017.

Andrew concluded, “We are so proud of the collaboration we have with the world-renowned Cirque Du Soleil and what we have both achieved in having conveyors included within the new LUZIA show, currently now on tour world-wide.”

“It’s been a privilege and honour to work closely with Cirque Du Soleil and we look forward to our continued association and involvement with them on further future conveyor challenges to making dreams and aspirations come true!! “