Recent Mystere Changes

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Recent Mystere Changes

This year, not only did Mystere swap out the aerial cube with the duo straps, the trampoline part of the fast track/teeterboard/trampoline combo act had been removed and the original Dei Ex Machina transition (the dance and the song; Gambade) have been swapped out for a new transitional number.

What are your thoughts on the new changes?

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WHAT? Okay, I could deal with the acrobatic changes (not a fan of duo straps instead of cube, but I'll survive, though still mourning the loss of Misha), but Dei Ex Machina? I'm sorry, but to me that's unacceptable... That transition is just so well done - within 2 minutes you see the two extremes of Mystere, from outright frolic to the deepest evil (and, of course, a perfect transition to Brian). What's the new transition like?

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Ugh. All I have to say is ugh.

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I don't like these changes either. Aerial cube was one of the most gorgeous and unique acts ever. We've only seen romantic aerial straps at least oh like a THOUSAND TIMES ALREADY?!?!?! And I hope the Gambade number hasn't been changed around too much. Maybe just choreography change?

And I'm all for changing shows and making them fresh and new but I feel like none of these are beneficial to Mystere.

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I really hope it's just a dance choreography dance because the Gambade Interlude is one of the best in all cirque du soleil show. I hope they won't touch too Egypte too :O !

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Waiter, I agree. Aerial Straps is one of the most overated, overused, boring acts EVER!

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It could be worse, it could be Cyr Wheel but yeah...Do you think is that difficult (and or expensive) to find another artist who can do the same?    

 

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I don't think it was a matter that they couldn't find a new artist to do it. Really I think you could find any aerialist acrobat and train them to do the cube act and they'll be able to do it. Its not super specialized. I think they just changed it for the sake of change without thinking it through.

Didn't they realize that there's already a romantic straps duo act in a Cirque show in Vegas with Ka?

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There were indications that removing the cube act was as much a financial decision as it was an artistically driven one. Since the routine itself was originally developed by Misha Matorin some two-plus decades ago, certain royalties were being paid year over year for its continued use. I guess they wanted to stop paying for it, deemed it "old", and also took the opportunity to "refresh" that part of the show.

Perhaps, and I am just speculating here, that the reason above is why the music was changed - since it was called "Misha". Otherwise, I saw no real reason to change it before switching over to the Straps. And even then, couldn't a straps routine be developed to that song? Alas...

On another note: while it could be said that straps (as much as silks and cyr wheel) are overused in Cirque du Soleil, if these acts are done "right", they can be quite awesome to see. I really loved the duo strap act in Amaluna ("The Storm") before they left. The presentation, mixed with the song, was simply raw emotion. Great stuff.

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Oh, thank you for the explanation. 

I don’t mind duo straps and  I agree that if it's well executed it could be amazing.  By the way, the KA version is really sweet and amazing but I have to admit that the last two times I saw it (May and November 2016), it was extremely short and there were hardly any tricks,  I don’t know if that is a permanent change or if the artists were out.

 

Anyways,  I don't appreciate these changes and Gambade interlude out is not acceptable!!Yell

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Still I think they could've gotten a little more creative rather than jsut replacing it. I've seen variations on solo male aerial cube acts that are different from Misha's act.

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Agreed richasi, storm straps in Amaluna is the only time I've actually enjoyed straps. It was excellently choreographed and executed.

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There was an aerial cube act in Alegria - was that developed by Misha as well? I'm surprised to hear of a copywriting/royalties motivation that they weren't able to skirt somehow.

 

Do we know who is being tapped for the new music for these acts? These 2 are some of the best songs in Mystere so it's sad to hear they may be scrapped completely.

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Right, the Aerial Cube by Misha was first exhibited in Alegria from 1994-1996 (North American Tour, and Japan). Afterward, Misha left Alegria for Mystere. Paul Bowler, whom Mikhail had trained as his protégé, continued to perform the Aerial Cube act in Alegría throughout its European Tour (1997-1998). The act did not carry over to the Beau Rivage engagement, nor the re-staged tour aftewards, with some minor exceptions: an aerial cube act was seen during the Alegria 2 run in Japan and Hong Kong in 2004-2005, and was seen as an act-in-rotation in the show's later life - but it was seen sparingly.

As I'm sure you know, in 1999, Mikhail retired from Mystère and was replaced by Paul who continued to perform this act for many years thereafter, retiring himself in 2014. I don't know the name of the performer who took up the mantle after that, but, the act changed, and then the music changed, and... blah.

As for the music I am not certain. People have said the "original composer" came to write a new song but I'm not sure if they meant Rene Dupere or Benoit Jutras. It could also be MONLOVE - Ella Louise Allaire and Martin Lord Furguson - who have written songs/scores for Cirque (and partner with Rene Dupere).

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Yes, MONLOVE created Rinalto Vera

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I dont know if this intrest anybody but I found this video of the aerial straps/cube act.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiMGVn8eExg&t=256s

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I wonder why Cirque have not hired them to score a whole show instead of just using them for replacement songs in pre-existing ones!