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Cirque du Soleil Goes to the Movies

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Cirque du Soleil Goes to the Movies
Photo Source: Andrew Adamson

Andrew Adamson is the Academy Award–nominated director of “Shrek” and “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” His new 3D film “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away,” in theaters Dec. 21, immerses audiences in seven of Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas stage shows.

Why did you want to bring Cirque du Soleil from stage to screen?
I was a big Cirque fan. Any time I had guests visiting I would always take them to Las Vegas for the sole purpose of seeing one of those shows. It felt otherworldly, and you saw people doing things that were impossible. It transported me to a dreamlike space, and that’s what I wanted the film to do.

How does the film compare with the live shows?
We wanted to offer something that the live show doesn’t, which is feeling like you’re onstage with the performers and seeing things that you couldn’t see otherwise. These people are doing things that are so remarkable physically, but often they happen in the blink of an eye. Slowing them down and being able to see the detail of what they’re doing offers the audience a different experience.

What does the use of 3D add to the performances?
It’s about the combination of danger and beauty, like combining ballet with motor racing. You’ve got the adrenaline of danger, yet at the same time you’re watching something balletic and beautiful. 3D gives you a sense of vertigo that enhances the danger, and I think that makes the experience more satisfying.

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