Cirque du Soleil: The Spark - Igniting the Creative Fire that Lives within Us All
John U. Bacon, Lyn Heward
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Creativity and innovation are widely recognized as essential to success in business, and so many aspects of our lives. For over two decades, Cirque du Soleil has been a world-renowned laboratory of creativity, enthralling audiences around the world by fusing dazzling acrobatics, staging and choreography, and music, along with beautiful costumes and technical effects to inspire and create magical, almost otherworldly theatrical experiences. In The Spark, Cirque's former president of creative content, Lyn Heward, invites readers inside the world and ideas of Cirque du Soleil through the story of an ordinary man searching for meaning in his work and life.
Like so many other people in their careers, sports agent Frank Castle has lost the passion he once had for his job. But a chance encounter with an inspiring Cirque du Soleil director takes him inside Cirque du Soleil to meet the artists, directors, designers, and technicians who create, shape, and perform in their acclaimed shows. As the story unfolds, the artists reveal surprising secrets about the sparks that ignite their creativity — from the pressure of deadlines and the exhilaration that comes from risking it all, to the chance encounters and everyday occurrences that have changed the way they live and work. As Frank comes to discover, every one of us is creative — wherever we work or whatever our job title is — but it’s up to us to tap into that powerful force.
As The Spark makes clear, there is no single formula for creative success–each of us must unlock the power of our imagination in our own way. An inspiring tale that draws on behind-the-scenes stories from the most creative people in entertainment as well as some out-of-this-world Cirque du Soleil magic, The Spark is an unparalleled guide on how to make creativity a part of everything you do.
Lyn Heward is the former President and COO of Cirque du Soleil’s Creative Content Division and is currently acting as executive producer for a variety of special projects. John U. Bacon, a veteran journalist and public speaker, has won numerous national writing awards and is the author of three books.
example of creating something new. This wire ‘floor’ is strong enough to hold twenty tons of stuff, yet barely weighs anything. And it’s amazingly flexible!”—which he proved by bouncing on the wires. I clutched the I-beam with both hands. “Aha, Frank, trust me, you are safe. This floor can hold you, no problem. If we can park a car up here, we can park you! “Perhaps it is time to show you the shop.” He began walking back across the grid to the elevator, then continued. “We have great freedom to
music playing, and I heard a little click. The other people said, ‘What are you talking about? I didn’t hear anything.’ But I trusted my gut on this. I stopped everything—the rehearsal, the music, the director—and had the bird brought down to the stage. The way it’s built, it’s steel on steel, nylon on nylon. Everything has a good vibration when it’s running well. But this didn’t sound right. Usually, something that’s a little out of whack—that is on the verge of breaking—will give off a
hypnotist, I understand, simply by controlling the timbre of his voice, can lull you into your subconscious until you’ve forgotten all about your guide, so lost are you in the layers of your dreams. And a storyteller, by mastering metaphor, can weave a tale that will change your life. The tale I was watching unfold onstage was an epic about a young prince and princess—twins separated in childhood without knowing whether the other was still alive. In one scene set on a sinking royal vessel, the
“Not that Cari’s contract will be tough.” She smiled. “At this stage, the contract is pretty straightforward. If Cari passes the audition, she will spend twelve to sixteen weeks here in our general training program, where we will test her physical abilities, her versatility, her energy, and her openness. She will receive a flat weekly fee for her work. If it works out, we may offer her a position on one of our shows, and then we will talk contract again—long-term.” Amazingly, Diane’s preview of
us with a little coaching, but I think she’ll be back on the poles in another month.” Next, Diane assured a stressed-out director of creation that, yes, they’d be able to start the show on time, and within the budget, if they persevered—a reminder to me that this was not a playland but a for-profit corporation, with many of the same financial and production concerns as any other. “Budgets and deadlines?” I joked. “I didn’t think any of the normal rules applied here—including gravity.” “Oh,