du Soleil Journey of Man is a celebration of the human spirit that
combines the unique artistry and music of Cirque du Soleil with the
power of large format film. Filmed on location at various natural and historical
landmarks around the world, Cirque du Soleil Journey of Man
follows the stages of human development from birth to maturity, with each
stage introduced by a Cirque du Soleil act.
odyssey begins with a resounding "Big Bang" as an explosion of light and sound
sends shock waves rippling throughout the universe. As the cosmic dust clears,
the Taïko Drummers appear as prehistoric cave dwellers. Within a womb-like
cave, an embryonic child appears and the pulsating tribal rhythms of the Taïko
Drummers signal the initial heartbeats of life. Graceful Synchronized
Swimmers interpret the miracle of birth in a breathtaking underwater performance.
As water is a necessary element for all living things, the bubbling deep blue
water serves as a harbor to bring forth life.
life begins in a place filled with incredible sights and sounds; childhood
is seen as a fantastic fantasy world where everything is larger than life.
It is here where the Universal Child meets his instincts, the Flounes,
who take him by the hand and guide him on his way. These two clowns introduce
Child to his emotions. The male Floune is the risk-taker, always sure
of himself. For him, everything is possible. Willing to try anything, he is
full of wild energy. The female Floune is bright but cautious. She
is balanced and respects both sides of every choice. They are each others
company of his instinctual guides, the Flounes, Child experiences wonder,
fear and courage. Unexpectedly, the Bungees-extraordinary yellow bird-like
creatures dive from the treetops. At first, Child runs and hides, fearing
the unfamiliar enormous bird that appears before him. His courage building,
Child moves closer, startled yet amazed at the free-flying creatures. In awe
of their graceful acrobatic movements, Child stretches out his arms, anxious
to experience the wild freedom of their aerial ballet. The Bungees
fantastic performance is only a hint of what is to come for Child. Just as
childhood can pass quickly, the Bungees suddenly grab hold and hurl
the Universal Child into adolescence, in a dramatic rite of passage.
the confined world of childhood, the adolescent Youth's newfound surroundings
are wide open. His choices for the direction he decides to take on the next
stage of his journey are limitless. However, Youth is drawn down the path
to manhood by the Cube Man. The Cube Man's skillful command
of gyrating a giant metallic cube exhibits great strength, and inspires Youth
to become more strong and daring. His new found sense of confidence gives
him the courage to race along to the next stage in his life.
begins the journey to manhood, he discovers the bond between a man and a woman.
In a 17th century-style garden, two statues seemingly come to life. Exercising
great stamina, the Statue Act performers join together in a harmonious
balancing act that illustrates the reciprocity of love between a man and a
woman. Ultimately, greed proves a more powerful force than love when Man finds
himself tempted with an offer of wealth by the demon-like Stiltman.
Man believes that wealth will give him the ability to possess anything he
so desires. With this power, he can acquire love, like any other possession.
realizes that despite his wealth and power there is something missing from
his life. Enter the Banquine. These performers put on a rousing display
of phenomenal acrobatic feats. Their spectacular performance reveals the child
within every adult and Man recaptures the joy of his youth. They help him
remember the important things of life and he realizes that wealth does not
matter as much to him.
stop on Man's journey, the Brandenberg Gate in Berlin, Germany, signifies
the hope for the future of mankind. In hindsight, Mature Man has realized
that Dreams, Faith and Love, are the necessary keys to life to become a complete
human being. These three keys can open doors to endless possibilities. Signaling
the dawn of a new beginning, Mature Man hands over the knowledge of his generation
to the next. In his wisdom, Mature Man advises that although this adventure
may have been his own unique journey, it is truly the destination of all mankind.