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Drawn to Life – New Cirque du Soleil Production at Disney Springs Reveals Acrobatics and First Look at Set !

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 3, 2020) – Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products are excited to reveal two acrobatic acts and the set of Drawn to Life,the highly anticipated, new family friendly show coming to Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Written and directed by Michel Laprise and with Fabrice Becker as Director of Creation, this collaboration between Cirque du Soleil,Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering will officially premiere April 17, 2020. The show will take residency at Disney Springs. Tickets are on sale now at cirquedusoleil.com/drawntolife.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products are excited to reveal two acrobatic acts and the set of Drawn to Life, the highly anticipated, new family friendly show coming to Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Written and directed by Michel Laprise and with Fabrice Becker as Director of Creation, this collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering will officially premiere April 17, 2020. The show will take residency at Disney Springs. Tickets are on sale now at cirquedusoleil.com/drawntolife. (Cirque du Soleil/Disney)

“Interpreting the works from Disney’s spectacular catalogue of animation into a live show was a thrilling opportunity for Cirque du Soleil, and we couldn’t be more proud of this production,” explained Diane Quinn, Chief Creative Officer Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group. “Together with Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, we have created a stunning show that will inspire audiences to dream and reach for the impossible.”

Drawn to Life 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, Julie embarks on an inspiring quest guided by a surprising pencil and filled with her childhood Disney memories. The story is driven by ten unique acrobatic acts, including an energetic Rhythmic Gymnastics group number and a pencil-test-inspired Aerial Pole routine, both of which were unveiled today. Drawn to Lifealso features animation from beloved Disney films as well as all-new animation created by Disney artists led by Eric Goldberg, best known for characters such as the Genie in the animated classic, “Aladdin.”

“Our show uses new technologies and art forms to portray the innate physicality of animation,” says Michel Laprise, Show Writer & Director. “During a number of the acts, classic Disney animation sequences come alive via contemporary projections, complementing the spectacular feats of our acrobats.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products are excited to reveal two acrobatic acts and the set of Drawn to Life, the highly anticipated, new family friendly show coming to Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Written and directed by Michel Laprise and with Fabrice Becker as Director of Creation, this collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering will officially premiere April 17, 2020. The show will take residency at Disney Springs. Tickets are on sale now at cirquedusoleil.com/drawntolife. (Cirque du Soleil/Disney)

“Together Disney and Cirque du Soleil have created an incredible new family entertainment experience that is sure to awe audiences and touch the hearts of adults and children alike,” says Natalie Woodward, Vice President of Production for Disney Parks Live Entertainment. “Our two organizations are rooted in artistry and share a passion for creating memorable experiences. That’s one reason Drawn to Lifeis a show that could only come from the creative minds of Disney and Cirque du Soleil.

Audience members of all ages will not only be enthralled by the unbelievable talent and strength of the acrobats of Drawn to Life, but by the stunning stage and props as well. Stéphane Roy, the show’s award-winning Set Designer, managed to create a fully immersive world for Julie’s journey inside the world of animation with no detail overlooked. Drawn to Life plays out on a vast stage made to look like an animator’s desk; sheets of paper surround the stage resembling the stacks of drafts that an animator inevitably sifts through during their creation process while a colossal version of an animator’s lamp towers overhead.

“Every aspect of the set design has been meticulously crafted by Stéphane, who left no detail of the animator’s world untouched. The size and scope of props used in the show are spellbinding,’’ says Fabrice Becker, Creation Director.

With an international cast of 65 artists, Drawn to Lifewill perform two shows per day, Tuesday through Saturday, at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

Show Team

The creation team ofDrawn to Life, the 50thoriginal production of Cirque du Soleil:

Cirque du Soleil

Chief Creative Officer                                                              Diane Quinn

Executive Producer                                                                   Charles Joron

Creation Director                                                                      Fabrice Becker

Writer and Show Director                                                       Michel Laprise

Set Designer                                                                              Stephane Roy

Costume Designer                                                                   Philippe Guillotel

Make-up Designer                                                                   Eleni Uranis

Acrobatic Designer                                                                  Germain Guillemot

Acrobatic Equipment Designer                                           Danny Zen

Music Composer                                                                     Benoit Jutras

Projection Designers                                                             Mathieu St-Arnaud &

Félix Fradet-Faguy

Projections Producer                                                             4U2C – Creative Studio

Production Director                                                               Matthew Whelan

Magie Nouvelle                                                                       Raphaël Navarro

Puppets Designer                                                                   Johanna Elhert

Sound Designer                                                                      Jonathan Deans

Light Designer                                                                        Martin Labrecque

Comic Act Designer                                                               Joe de Paul

Choreographers                                                                      Kostiantyn Tomilchenko &

Andrew Skeels

Walt Disney Animation Studios

Animation Director                                                                 Eric Goldberg

Creative Director                                                                     Roger Gould

Producer                                                                                    Aimee Scribner

Walt Disney Imagineering

Executive, Theatrical Development                                   Michael Jung

Executive, Music Studio                                                        Matt Walker

Vice President, Production                                                   Natalie Woodward

Producer                                                                                   Omar Kamal

Principal Technical                                                                Larry Sonn

For more information and high-resolution images and video of the presented acts and set design, please click HERE.

For more information on show tickets, dates and pricing, visit cirquedusoleil.com/drawntolife.

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