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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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!

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I saw Mystere last week and I can confirm these changes:

-Duo Straps- It's OK but actually I prefer the solo straps version

-Dei Ex Machina no more. There is a new transition with new music.

-They removed the trampoline part form the fastrack/teetboard combo :'(

On a side note there was only one singer and the aerial silks act was cut , the artsit wasn't feeling well and she left the stage. Other than that the show was great. The Lorador's are always the best part :)

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Oh my poor Mystere... what are they doing to you?!

I've seen video of the new FastTrack/Teeterboard, and though I like the new teeterboard routine, the new act is missing the dynamics of that butterfly trampoline to me. It looks LESS than it did before, and that's not good IMO.

I've heard that Gambade is out now, and I don't like it. 

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Which Singer was it? Briana or Kailee? Brianna has the feathers headpiece and Kailee has a sorta cap that wraps around her head. How did the music sound with just one cause a lot of the songs have harmonies.

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Wow, I can't imagine Mystere with only one singer. The harmonies on Ulysse alone are worth the price of admission. 

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Jeez.  Another classic that's devolving into a shell of itself.

 

What's the protocol on artistic direction for the older shows in the canon?  What is the reason for Cirque's decsions to tinker with shows that have been frozen and performing like a well-oiled machine for years (or, in this case, decades!)  I understand that performers come and go, and with them acts will need to evolve in certain situations, but why doesn't Cirque stick to the original direction of a show like Mystere?  They have enough of a presence in Vegas to let such a classic be itself...

 

Is it as simple as cost-cutting throughout the company?  I hope not...

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So what happens during the transition after teeterboard? Does Mephisto still rise up from the stage? What exactly happens?

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Waiter: The birds of prey come out to dance (and do more than before, or at least in recent memory) and Mephisto still comes out, but the music is different and it all feels different.

Cult808: With there being so many Cirque shows in Vegas now, there's a need to keep refreshing a bit, to keep the audiences coming back again and again. 

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Richasi: Understood, but the artistic direction for all of their aging shows has been horrendous.  I'm trying to keep an open mind and not be a stubborn nostalgic fan –– I get the need for the occasional facelift, but I can't think of a single recent change to a show that has improved it or even worked particularly well with the ethos of the show.

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For what its worth, its a shame you caught it on a bad night.. I saw Mystere about a month ago now with all changes and acts/singers in and it was looking in top shape! I get to see it a fair bit so have seen the changes implented over time and I think its still holding up nicely. 

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Cult808: Understood. I try to look at changes like this: did the change plus the original act? Or if it was a replacement, does the new act fit better, is it more exciting/touching/interesting? If the answer is no, then it's not a good change (for me).

Try Mystere's new Teeterboard/Fast-Track act... I've not seen it live yet, but I have seen videos and what I see - while impressive - is lacking something... (for me)... Obviously it's the butterfly trampoline. It may be outmoted now, but, it did add an extra element to the presentation that is now missing, and is not made up with the current routine. Now the addition of ZED's Flying Trapeze to replace Double High Bar... sure, that was a good change (even if I don't think "Fiesta" fits with an all female voice...), but I'm not sold on Straps in place of Aerial Cube. YMMV.

The changes to the music are similar... the music that went with those acts and/or transitions were staples of the show, imo. Change is okay, but what those songs were changed to just don't do it for me. They're not dynamic enough. They don't stand out (or, rather, they do but for all the wrong reasons.)

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I can't said that I don't like the new song for the Interlude but I think that removing the part when all the dancers (still no more female green lizard in the show :( ) take pose in front of the orange light and you see just their silouette, with the opera part of Gambade was a bad idea. It was one of the best moment of the show, and even with the new song, they didn't keep that moment. Hopefully, the part when Mephisto arrive is unchange, with the same music.

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Probably I am a  stubborn nostalgic fan, but I don't appreciate these changes. I agree with Richasi on the butterfy trampoline , it addded an extra elemnet that was really impressive and fun.

The female green lizzard has been long gone :'( Also the red bird is a girl now. (I first saw her in November 2016)

I think a soundboard was used regarding the missing singer.

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That's very annoying to hear. I saw mystere in Dec 2014 and it was so amazing, so I'm travelling back to the US pretty much just to see it (as well as O and La Nouba) so its very disappointing that its been butchered as so many other shows have. O also had those technical issues, which I hope they iron out by the time I see it, and La Nouba's changes didn't impress me (especially bboys, what the heck is that about??). Cirque seems to be abandoning their old shows and letting them die slow painful deaths rather than preserving their prime forms. Just look at how Dralion and Varekai have ended up!

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Ross Gibson is back as the Red Bird this year, actually! I'm not sure how often he performs the role, but from what I understand you can catch him quite consistently. 

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Are...are these new costumes for the Archangels/Laquais? Because if so, I am not a fan... https://www.instagram.com/p/BaQs3uNja1I/

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