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Cirque du Soleil: Varekai

Season 1 2003 - 2004

  • 2003-11-30T05:00:00Z on CBC (CA)
  • 23 mins
  • 4 hours, 59 mins
  • Canada
  • English
  • Documentary, Fantasy, Science Fiction

This unique 13-episode television documentary is offering an intimate look into the day-to-day lives of the people who played vital roles in the creation of Varekai. It takes us, for the first time, deep into the characters and personalities of the extraordinary men and women, both onstage and off, immersed in the creative process of creating the magic that is Cirque du Soleil.

13 episodes

1x01 New Arrivals

  • Series Premiere

    2003-11-30T05:00:00Z — 23 mins

A group of new artists from all over the world arrive at the international headquarters of Cirque du Soleil in Montreal. The adventure begins with the creation of the new show.

1x02 Behind Closed Studio Doors

  • 2003-12-07T05:00:00Z — 23 mins

The character's stories begin to unfold as the focus turns to their personal lives. One artist is already on his way back home...does he plan on returning to Cirque du Soleil?

1x03 The Rise and Fall of the Trapeze

  • 2003-12-14T05:00:00Z — 23 mins

Within the creation process of Varekai, artists prepare the first presentation of their acts to Guy Laliberte, President and CEO, Founder of Cirque du Soleil but who is also, more importantly, the Creative Guide for the show. Today, the triple trapeze act is the unfortunate focus of Guy's attention.

1x04 Shooting Stars

  • 2003-12-24T05:00:00Z — 23 mins

is officially time for the artists to join Cirque du Soleil and the initiation into the Cirque family begins. Questions are raised as certain artists review the terms of their contracts. The name of the new show is finally chosen.

1x05 Christmas

  • 2003-12-28T05:00:00Z — 23 mins

The holiday season brings a more intimate look into the characters as they reflect on their lives and relationships outside Cirque du Soleil.

1x06 New Blood

  • 2004-01-04T05:00:00Z — 23 mins

For the first time, the entire cast is assembled together. Rehearsals begin and the artists endure their second presentation to Guy. Can the triple trapeze shape up to Guy's expectations?

1x07 Pushing Acrobats

  • 2004-01-11T05:00:00Z — 23 mins

All the characters feel the pressure and intensity of the approaching world premiere. Insecurities are revealed as they push themselves to meet individual expectations.

1x08 Moving On

  • 2004-01-18T05:00:00Z — 23 mins

Rehearsals progress and the Grand Chapiteau is mounted. Make-up is designed, costumes fitted, and the show's visual identity has evolved.

1x09 The Grand Chapiteau

  • 2004-01-25T05:00:00Z — 23 mins

The first rehearsal under the new blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau takes place. An emotional upset occurs as two of the artists deal with a harsh blow. Back at Cirque du Soleil, it is time to present the new show to the press.

1x10 The Lion's Den

  • 2004-02-01T05:00:00Z — 23 mins

The artists will perform Varekai for the first time in front of an audience consisting of Guy and a select audience of 500. This event is called the "Lion's Den." Tensions are high as the artists feel the pressure to perform at optimum level. Will all the artists continue onwards to the premiere?

1x11 Countdown to Premiere

  • 2004-02-08T05:00:00Z — 23 mins

As tensions mount even higher, the final details are tended to. Guy and Dominic Champagne, Director of Varekai, try to calm the artists' nerves as the world premiere approaches. The last dress rehearsal is performed.

1x12 Opening Night

  • 2004-02-15T05:00:00Z — 23 mins

An episode devoted entirely to the dynamic, colorful evening of the world premiere of Varekai.

1x13 The Aftermath & Departure

  • 2004-02-22T05:00:00Z — 23 mins

Following the premiere, a series of dramatic adjustments to the show and to the artists' lives as one process ends, and another begins. The artists now prepare for three years of touring. A new world opens that holds as much discovery, difficulty, and excitement as the one they are leaving.