Cirque du Soleil: The Spark - Igniting the Creative Fire that Lives within Us All

Cirque du Soleil: The Spark - Igniting the Creative Fire that Lives within Us All

John U. Bacon, Lyn Heward

Language: English

Pages: 135

ISBN: 0385516517

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Creativity and innovation are widely recognized as essential to success in business, and so many aspects of our lives. For over two decades, Cirque du Soleil has been a world-renowned laboratory of creativity, enthralling audiences around the world by fusing dazzling acrobatics, staging and choreography, and music, along with beautiful costumes and technical effects to inspire and create magical, almost otherworldly theatrical experiences. In The Spark, Cirque's former president of creative content, Lyn Heward, invites readers inside the world and ideas of Cirque du Soleil through the story of an ordinary man searching for meaning in his work and life.

Like so many other people in their careers, sports agent Frank Castle has lost the passion he once had for his job. But a chance encounter with an inspiring Cirque du Soleil director takes him inside Cirque du Soleil to meet the artists, directors, designers, and technicians who create, shape, and perform in their acclaimed shows. As the story unfolds, the artists reveal surprising secrets about the sparks that ignite their creativity — from the pressure of deadlines and the exhilaration that comes from risking it all, to the chance encounters and everyday occurrences that have changed the way they live and work. As Frank comes to discover, every one of us is creative — wherever we work or whatever our job title is — but it’s up to us to tap into that powerful force.

As The Spark makes clear, there is no single formula for creative success–each of us must unlock the power of our imagination in our own way. An inspiring tale that draws on behind-the-scenes stories from the most creative people in entertainment as well as some out-of-this-world Cirque du Soleil magic, The Spark is an unparalleled guide on how to make creativity a part of everything you do.

Lyn Heward is the former President and COO of Cirque du Soleil’s Creative Content Division and is currently acting as executive producer for a variety of special projects. John U. Bacon, a veteran journalist and public speaker, has won numerous national writing awards and is the author of three books.

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to all I’d seen in Las Vegas and Montreal and decided to lay my cards on the table. I told him what I’d experienced in my time with Cirque—and what I’d come to recognize was missing in my job and my life. Just when I thought I’d said all a person needed to say to get fired, Alan stopped me. “Well, what do you want to do about it, Frank?” So I told him my plan. I wanted to take a monthlong sabbatical; during that time, I would take Diane up on her offer to visit Cirque du Soleil again. I would

when I met the founders of Cirque—of course, it was years before the troupe officially came into being—they were the same way, open-minded and free-spirited. But they were also very hardworking, very disciplined—and they had a vision. They wanted to create something special, something big, something new. And their energy was contagious!” Cirque needed a gymnastics coach, Bernard told me, to give their circus more intensity, more excitement, more precision. “We didn’t want to give them a floor

just a few minutes before. René was waiting for me, to strap me into the safety harness. He tightened the belt a notch or two more than I would have liked, squeezing any extra pounds I still carried over the belt. But by now, after the conditioning sessions, I had given up any illusion of vanity. Self-consciousness, I concluded, is something you have to let go of if you expect to take flight. Next, using carabiners, they attached four or five huge elastic bands—bungees, basically—to each side of

act. She and some of the other Cirque performers had gathered in a lounge at the ‘O’ theatre after the evening’s first show. After I entered the room, Diane and I gave each other a huge hug. Her eyes were dancing with energy; she seemed to feed off the electricity in the room. But what surprised me was how delighted she seemed to see me; something in my own eyes had obviously caught her attention, and she’d liked what she’d seen. “You look so aware, so caught up in everything around you,” she

and her liquid, expressive eyes. Rarely had I seen anyone more fully present, more completely alive. I couldn’t resist smiling and waving good-bye. With her hands spread on the floor for balance, she waved back—with her right foot. And that, I realized, was Cirque’s creative spirit, the creative spark that burns within us all; it was as innocent and powerful as the improvised wave of a little girl’s foot. Acknowledgments In The Spark, the people at Cirque du Soleil talk about the

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