Since 1990, Cirque du Soleil has produced over three dozen circus-themed shows featuring international acts and original music. Three of those shows celebrated the music of musicians â€“the music of pop legends Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley and the iconic British Band The Beatles. Now Cirque du Soleil brings "SEP7IMO DIAâ€“ NO DESCASARĂ‰," a music themed show inspired by the iconic Latin rock band, Soda Stereo created in Buenos Aires in 1982, to Miami. The new Cirque show opens in Coral Gables on Wednesday, April 18.
Soda Stereo consisted of the power trio of Gustavo Cerati, HĂ©ctor "Zeta" Bosio, and Charly Alberti. "England had The Police, United States had Blondie... and Argentina had Soda Stereo,â€ť touted record label Music on Vinyl. The vinyl-only label has called the band â€śone of the greatest bands of the new wave explosion and without any doubt one of the most important in the history of Rock in Spanish.
In 2013, Pop Art Music founder Roberto Costa, along with Pop Art Music CEO Diego Saenz and Soda Stereo Manager Dany Kon, approached Cirque du Soleil to create a show based on the bandâ€™s music. Four years later "SEP7IMO DIA â€“ NO DESCASARĂ‰," premiered in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Written and directed by Michel Laprise (also director of Cirque du SoleilÂ´s "Kurios" â€“ Cabinet of Curiosities as well as MadonnaÂ´s MDNA tour), "SEP7IMO DIA â€“ NO DESCANSARĂ‰" (translated to: "Seventh Day â€“ I Will Not Rest") takes audiences on a musical journey to another world with a heavy science fiction theme. The idea blossomed after it was revealed that all three band members were passionate about sci-fi.
miamiartzine.com chatted with Sean McKeown â€“ artistic Director for "SEP7IMO DIA":
McKeown said: â€śThis show is an amazing escape to Planet Soda where you see the incredible acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil with an amazing concert of the music of Soda Stereo.â€ť
Billboard magazine called Soda Stereo one of Argentinaâ€™s most iconic bands, however the show is not just for the Latin audience.
â€śItâ€™s based on the music of Soda Stereo,â€ť adds McKeown, â€śbut not marketed solely to the audience of Soda Stereo. â€śThereâ€™s a Latino focus because of the Argentine roots but itâ€™s designed for a larger audience. Itâ€™s based on the idea of the band paying tribute to the Soda Stereo concerts. There are lots of original acts and lots of theatrical moments and Cirque fans will love this show.â€ť
True fans of Soda Stereo will be happy to learn that 100 percent of the music is from the band, and was produced and mixed by the two surviving members of the band, Zeta Bosio and Charly Alberti,and co-produced by AdriĂˇn Taverna, who created new arrangements of the songs especially for the show.
â€śUnlike other Cirque music shows, this is an escape into the world of Soda. Audiences will enjoy as if they were at a rock concert with world class acrobatics.â€ť This show is also unique in the fact that itâ€™s the first time that Cirque du Soleil has had a standing audience that mixes in with the performance of the artists, much like a real rock concert. â€śThe storyline follows the main characterâ€™s exploration of Planet Soda. Itâ€™s a celebration of life & existence.â€ť
"SEP7IMO DIA" features a collection of unique acts, many new to Cirque audiences. Hombre Al Agua (man in the water) features a large aquarium where two artists swim in without breathing equipment. Ciudad de la Furia (City of Fury), an homage to the iconic â€śEn la ciudad de la furiaâ€ť video, is a high-powered street-based aerial calisthenics and rock-infused aerial chain act performed on a massive metal grill. Signos (Signs), a captivating acrobatic wheel act featuring a combination of rotating Russian cradle techniques, has the catcher strapped between two gigantic wheels creating a human trapeze as he catches and flips his partner in the air. One of the most beautiful acts, En Remolinos (In Eddies) is all about a giant flower (over 13 feet tall) that makes its way into the audience and opens its petals to reveal an artist performing a hand balancing act on the pistils of the flower. A cast of 36 performers and a crew of 43 create this fast paced rock-themed spectacle taking the audience through a series of visual, acrobatic and artistic tableaux to honor the innovative music legacy of Soda Stereo.
SEP7IMO DIA â€“ NO DESCASARĂ‰ runs at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables from April 18-22. www.cirquedusoleil.com/sep7imo-dia