Alternate Main Characters

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Alternate Main Characters

Hello everyone!
I figured I would start a new topic as this does seem to happen quite often. Characters, like John in Quidam, The Watcher in Varekai, Trickster or l'Innocent in Kooza, etc,
are roles that often switch to an understudy or replacement. I would like to start a thread that explains who the replecement is and how you feel they portray their character. A good example is to begin with is John/Mark from Quidam. Mark Ward, in my opinion was a great replacement for John, and then Andrii I found tried too hard, was OK at best. Now Kurios has a new person as Microcosmos as seen in this vid:

https://www.facebook.com/harryconnickjr/videos/10154636419255539/

Who is this new replacement? Where is Karl L'Ecuyer (who created the essence of this character)?
This guy seems to do an OK job but something is missing I find.

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Typically the understudies are not as polished at the character as the artist who has performed it full time for years.... Yes. And its usually human nature to attach to a roles original performer and in your mind earmark them as the gold standard of who the character is. I'm sure everyone felt that way about big Tamir and little Tamir in Alegrias big top tour vs the recasts for arena. The recast of saltimbanco's "child" with an adult was also uncomfortable. Cirque will often hire temporary 'on call' artists to fill a lead roll while they search for an artist that they can sign a full contract to who completely matches the necessary profile. Not just the skill set but also the right look and stage presence. This is often the case with le Promise from Varekai or the Miranda's in Amaluna.

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Your post is not really about character, more about artist who perform them no?

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Its about the main characters in general and the people who perform them.
Without a doubt, John from Quidam, played by John Gilkey will always be my favorite main character, and Microcosmos, Klara, and Nico are on my top list too.

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The character I have the most opinions about, at least as you've described it, is the Trickster. I see people go nuts over Jason Berrent, and he was incredible, but I wonder sometimes if they ever saw any other performer in the role. Justin Sullivan and Mike Tyus have brought their own spins to him and were both phenomenal. I was thrilled to hear Mike was back and really enjoyed his dancier Trickster.

You mentioned Klara and I agree -- Katia has been so perfect and while I'll be sad whenever she leaves the show, I'm interested to see how a future artist interprets the role.

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I'm not sure anyone saw it, but Michel Laprise made a post on his facebook about Kurios recently that mentioned Karl - he's been out for medical reasons, but is back - as is the original Chercheur performer.

"Bravo! Congratulations to the cast & crew of KURIOS -Cabinet des Curiosités. I can't be there for your première tomorrow as I have to fly back to Buenos Aires for our Septimo Dia but I was delighted to see the avant-Premiere. You guys rocked! One of the best ones you gave. It was great to see Antón Valén, original Chercheur, back on the show for this city's series of performances. And Karl Karl LEcuyer back from a little medical fix. You all were so great! Every act, every character, the music: Wow! I was watching the show still pinching my arm and saying to myself how privileged I was (and am) to work with such amazing talented people! Have a great city! Bonne ville tout le monde. Vous êtes formidables. Xxx"

You can find the original here:

https://www.facebook.com/michel.laprise.35/posts/1538110682872207

 

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Awesome! Thanks for the update Richasi!