We are less than two weeks from the opening of Disney and Cirque du Soleil’s “Drawn to Life,” and they have released information on two previously unannounced acts.
Here are the amazing acrobatic acts:
Garden of Lines
In the “Garden of Lines” unicycle act, Julie is swept into a wonderland of familiar shadows, shapes and outlines in an homage to cherished tales that inspire an animator. Julie’s whimsical mood fixates on a mischievous marionette from a time-honored Italian fairytale.
Five playful unicyclists representing the Blue Fairy of the classic Disney Animation film “Pinocchio” appear to effortlessly float across the stage, performing synchronized stunts, and individual tricks with pinpoint precision.
The Old Mill
Meanwhile, “The Old Mill” double wheel act is inspired by Walt Disney’s groundbreaking 1937 animated short of the same name, which is seen in projections throughout.
In a display of tenacity, perseverance and rise-and-fall motion, owls dreamed up by Julie’s imagination weather a storm using teamwork and courage to carry them through the powerful wind and rain that threaten their windmill home.
The windmill of the film is represented in a spectacular, churning, fast-moving double wheel structure. Gravity-defying acrobats are in constant motion with the turning wheels—at times airborne—with astonishing balance and agility.
Drawn to Life, written and directed by Michel Laprise with Fabrice Becker as Director of Creation, is a live acrobatic journey telling the story of Julie, a determined girl who discovers an unexpected gift left by her Disney Animator father: an unfinished animation.
As she dives into the inner world of animation guided by a surprising pencil, Julie embarks on an inspiring quest filled with her childhood Disney memories.
The last few weeks, Cirque has hosted a weekly showcase on YouTube, called “Once upon a time at Cirque… The making of Drawn to Life!” and the episodes are still online if you wish to watch before seeing the show.
In preparation for the show, the Cirque du Soleil Store at Disney Springs West Side has reopened for guests to purchase merchandise.
For more information on show tickets, dates and pricing, visit cirquedusoleil.com/drawntolife.