Worst Change in Cirque du Soleil Show

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Worst Change in Cirque du Soleil Show

What do you think are the worst change maked in Cirque du Soleil show? It can be a act removed, remplacement, a character out, costume change, music change/remplacement. Any change that you think was a error or a disadvantage vis-à-vis the previous version.

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Removal of triple trapeze from Varekai kills me.

Cirque Shows Seen: Alegria, Amaluna, Kooza, Kurios (2), Luzia, Michael Jackson: Immortal, Quidam, Varekai

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The entire arena conversion of Dralion. 

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Removing Zark from Zarkana and removing triple trapeze from Varekai.

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Agree with all of the above!

My complaints tend to be plot-realted. I'm not fond of the way the one-sided romance between the Counselor's Son and the Chief Archer's Daughter in Ka has been watered down -- his pursuit reads more like a political move than a doomed love triangle in recent years. I just want to see that asshole pine, I can't help it! 

I also really don't care for the over-emphasis of clowns in Kooza, and it appears to have only grown over time. I remember when I first saw the show in 2008, the Trickster crowned the Innocent at the end and the farewell was much more touching between them. Now the king does the crowning instead, and by that point in the show I don't even want to see those clowns' faces anymore.

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Not really a change, but the Amaluna clowns are the worst thing ever. The fornicating clowns and the birth of their mini football-sized babies being tossed around and the audience forced to sing a lullaby for over five minutes. Shoot me in the head.

Cirque Shows Seen: Alegria, Amaluna, Kooza, Kurios (2), Luzia, Michael Jackson: Immortal, Quidam, Varekai

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Replacing aerial cube in Mystere with a crappier version without Misha, and then replacing it with a boring unoriginal aerial straps duo. Aerial cube was amazing and gorgeous I really don't know what they were thinking.

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Original diabolos act from Quidam is in my very top favorite acts of all time. There was nothing left of the charm, mystery, or thrill when I finally saw the first arena version and then the final solo. 

La Nouba, Corteo, Delirium, Ovo, Quidam, Totem, Saltimbanco, Immortal, Amaluna. 

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For me really, removing any original act and replacing it with something that doesn't quite fit is the worst thing you can do. 

Like, removing Icarian Games from Varekai. It's only the Cirque show that, you know, had Icarian's first. Kind of a signature act!

Or, removing Aerial Cube from Mystere, the only show that had it as a primary act.

Or, taking German Wheel out of La Nouba and replacing it with skipping ropes, only to replace it again with B-Boys.

Or, removing the Spirits from Dralion. It may not have been much, but I loved that act.

Or, that abomination Cirque did to the Quidam diabolo act. 'nuff said.

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The new Zumanity choreography by Yanis Marshall and the new costumes. What happened to the Thierry Mugler´s?

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I agree with everything said above EXCEPT the Quidam Diabolo "abomination". Yes the act was taken in a very different direction to 4 young girls BUT I think william has an amazing stage presence, clear passion for the act and is without a doubt very talented. Why the hate?? It's no where near the disaster of Dralion's arena conversion, the removal of aerial cube or Amaluna's clowns. It's almost offensive to group anything with those changes, let alone an actually decent act that had one of the stronger audience receptions (at least in Australia) of all the acts.

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There was a lot of symbolism to the original act that was lost. The four Zoe clones suffering in the chaos and noise of the marching drummers rolled off stage to be replaced by four playful girls who's act represented childhood innocence and happiness. An interview with an original Zoe actress said the act represented racism to her which I could only guess referred to Chinese children doing factory work (there was a very automated and industrial feel to both the costume and choreography). But I digress. I always love to point out how successful the replacement of juggling in Kooza was with hula hoop though! Dralion was torn up from the floor up. So much was lost in the long and bumpy road that show took. Ovo for its many weaknesses did have a truely unique stage design before arena transition, the Dralion stage it's on now is just too huge and generic, even with a new paint job. A little bummed our last FOUR big top shows all went for "circle" as their stage form. Quidam was the first to use the rotating stage because it represented the rotating, ever changing nature of the world and life but virtually every show uses it now just as a way to move things around. 

La Nouba, Corteo, Delirium, Ovo, Quidam, Totem, Saltimbanco, Immortal, Amaluna. 

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i totally get that, but is the loss of symbolic meaning enough to call an act an abomination? Other while shows are equally as shallow as the arena diabolical act for the entirety of the performance and yet are described with great admiration by some fans so I fail to see why it's such a catastrophe it was changed. At least it isn't changing the fundamental purpose of Cirque, the acrobatics, unlike most of the arena transitions like Dralion and Varekai.

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Perhaps abomination is a strong word to use here but let's not forget the act was taken from a 4 girl group act, to a 4 woman group act (with an ill-received costume change; I get it, but c'mon), then reduced again to just one man. Stage presence or no, a one man diaboloa\ act doesn't cut it in my opinion when there were originally 4. Not only did we lose the costuming, but the thematical elements and original intent. I dunno... maybe abomination isn't such a strong word after all.

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For em, removing the Pierrot Clown and the Male Singer in La Nouba is the worst change of all.

Beside that, I'M pretty agrre with you all, except for the Diabolo act. I'm agree that was a very big change but at the time they change the original costume, I knew that the feeling will be not the same. The male Diabolo artist is super good, I'm still happy they didn't only simply remove the entire act to remplace it for another act..

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It pains me to read these comments  but I absolutely agree with everything said.

I will add:

Saltimbanco- Removing  double wire and solo trapeze. (Damn you arena formats)

 Zumanity – Everything in the new version is awful, special mentions to:

-Removing  Dance on TV,  why oh why? It was such a great song with a very sexy dance routine.

-Removing  aerial hoops  (Elena Lev is a goddess but  it's a temporary act)

-New male stripper costume a la James Bond is a suit , not original.

-Gigolo’s character subdued and no longer part of the pre-show.

-New two men routine on hills – Seriously?

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@nikita: Re: Saltimbanco - I'm gonna assume you mean when duo trapeze left in 2012? Solo trapeze never left, and even was a permanent act in the last few months. :)

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BUMP! :D
A lot of those changes totally demolished the story. I miss Corinne's rock goddess outfit, too. And the songs! :'(