Lights, action, dolphins!
We’re not experts in this department. But it doesn’t take a whole lot of brain cells to understand the tremendous amount of detail it takes to coordinate Cirque Dreams Splashtastic, the very entertaining show that recently opened at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom – Vallejo.
Yes, the acrobat performances had us glued to our seats and the opening audience ice-warmer was enjoyable. The dolphins were crowd-pleasers and the music a cut above the usual. But it was the costumes that really captured our attention. We longed to see them up close. Thanks to the fine coordination of the Cirque Dreams and Six Flags public relations teams, we not only got that close-up opportunity. We also got the grand tour of the Splashtastic wardrobe, courtesy of the Cirque Dreams founder and visionary – Neil Goldberg.
Goldberg was very generous with his time (He is legendary for his ‘hands-on’ approach to nurturing his internationally based and beloved Cirque Dreams brand). He also allowed us to video record this tour.
Costume details: Up close and personal
We’ve added a slide show (See the List below) so that you too can appreciate these fabulous costumes up close.
The way he works
In our next posting we share this exclusive behind-the-scenes tour in our video presentation. Goldberg describes the challenges of creating costumes that evoke not only the mood of the show but can also show up well against the showy and colorful background scenery, are waterproof and flexible enough to meet the demands of the very talented acrobats.
Cirque Dreams Splashtastic runs through August 11, 2013 at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, with two shows most days
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Cirque Dreams Founder: Neil Goldberg
Goldberg’s signature production company, Cirque Dreams, is known for its extraordinary acrobats and gorgeous, inventive costumes. He travels the globe, keeping in close touch with all the various Cirque Dreams shows held in theatres, clubs, cruise ships and amusement parks.
Glorious costume detail
Many theater costumes are made to be seen at a distance. Their quality often suffers under close-up scrutiny. This is not true for Cirque Dreams costumes that are highly detailed and hand-crafted.
Underwater imagery is the central costume motif for Cirque Dream Splashtastic. These images include sea creatures as well as vegetation that evoke the spirit but not always a literal translation of this watery environment.
As Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams Founder explains in our exclusive video (see the following posting), an entire costume for a performer can have as many as six to eight pieces. These pieces include a head covering, several body pieces as well as foot and hand wear.
Goldberg says that material for the costumes are sourced from many places around the globe. Fabrics are often later hand-dyed to match the exact shades desired for the overall look of the production.
As Goldberg explains in our exclusive video (be sure to watch it in our next posting), much care is taken to ensure that the colors and shapes of the costumes don’t clash or distract from the scenery.
Give and take
Goldberg explains that every costume is made in duplicate. Costumes absorb lots of wear and tear in a season (when performers typically work two shows a day) and Goldberg wants costumes at the end of the show’s run.to look just as fresh and appealing at they did at its beginning.
Stretch every which way but loose
Goldberg says that a fabric’s ‘stretch-ability’ factor is integral to many of Cirque Dreams costumes. In the Splashtastic production, the materials must also be water-proof.
Goldberg explains, in our exclusive video, that the headgear may look fantastic and appear heavy. But not so. The demands of performing and the performer’s comfort are important parts of the equation so much of the headgear weighs 6 lbs or less.
Sea creatures in neon colors
The palette of colors chosen for Cirque Dreams Splashtastic costumes evoke the amazing range of hues that are found in the ocean’s depths. Dyes must be permanent (to withstand getting constantly wet) and also withstand the sun’s and spotlight piercing rays.