PHOTOS - Details on two of the acts that will appear in the new Cirque du Soleil show at Disney Springs

Mar 03, 2020 in "Cirque du Soleil"

New 'Drawn to Life' Cirque du Soleil show at Walt Disney World
Posted: Tuesday March 3, 2020 12:17pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney and Cirque du Soleil are releasing more information and a look inside the new Disney Springs Cirque du Soleil show - Drawn to Life.

Drawn to Life will feature ten unique acrobatic acts, including an energetic Rhythmic Gymnastics group number and a pencil-test-inspired Aerial Pole routine.

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.

“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.

“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.

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DCBaker10 days ago

Namaari30 days ago

Will definitely be getting tickets when we go to WDW over Thanksgiving this year! I remember seeing the advertisements for 'La Nouba' back in the 90s and desperately wanting to go, but had never gotten the chance. Glad Cirque shows are returning to DS!

the.dreamfinderAug 24, 2021

National Film Board documentary when Cirque was itty bitty back in the late 80s on their first North American tour. https://www.nfb.ca/film/cirque_american_odyssey/

mergatroidAug 18, 2021

Looks good

DznyGrlSDAug 18, 2021

Any idea if they're fully staffed yet for box office and the cirque store? I've been stalking Cirque jobs page for weeks.

Disney AnalystAug 17, 2021

That video was gorgeous, show looks great!

Benjamin_NicholasAug 17, 2021

The projection mapping in this show will really blow people away. I'm happy to see folks so enthused about this new production :)

ThatMouseAug 17, 2021

"Baloo, Baymax, and Cinderella" This mashup sounds hilarious! lol!

brb1006Aug 17, 2021

Better quality video

DznyGrlSDAug 17, 2021

see you on the 20th as well ;)

DznyGrlSDAug 17, 2021

Got my seat for the 18th. Going to buy 2 more to take my mom a few days later

DCBakerAug 17, 2021

Disney has announced early access tickets for Passholders - "Set your imagination in motion with Drawn to Life—a love letter to the art of Disney animation opening Nov 18 at Disney Springs. Passholders can purchase tickets now through Aug 19 before they go on sale to the general public! Set your imagination in motion with Drawn to Life—a love letter to the art of Disney animation interpreted through the acrobatic mastery of Cirque du Soleil. The show tells the story of a determined girl who embarks on an inspiring quest filled with her childhood Disney memories, brought to life through Cirque du Soleil’s innovative design and dazzling performances. Tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable and may not be resold. The number of tickets available is limited and tickets are valid only for the specific show date and time. Entertainment elements are subject to restrictions, change or cancellation without notice. Tickets for Drawn to Life can be purchased online directly from Cirque du Soleil® here. Please note that once you leave the Walt Disney World website, different terms of use and privacy policy will apply." Here is the link for APs to buy tickets https://tickets.cirquedusoleil.com/shop/#/9fce82e4-c790-4aab-a3e3-2a7f8da24c3f/shop/select?locale=en-CA&skin=wdi

DznyGrlSDAug 17, 2021

Got mine for the 18th! Wonder why category 1 & 2 are "sold out" Edit - issues with the website updating - I called and they said to wait 15 minutes