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Cirque on stage in Vail Valley

Sarah Dixon
Daily Correspondent
Vail Valley, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyMonday's Cirque Le Masque show at the Vilar Center will include aerial and ground acts," said Tour Manager Dennis Schussel. "You'll see the German wheel, flying silks, duo trapeze and the very popular three-person hand-to-hand balancing act. From the great entrance to the grand finale, this whole show will thrill the audience."
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VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – When one thinks of a Cirque production, images of high-flying stunts and deft acrobatics often come to mind.

What makes Cirque Le Masque so special, according to tour manager Dennis Schussel, is that it offers so much more.

“It’s a combination of acrobatics, comedy, Broadway, circus and so much more,” Schussel said. “This show affects every single emotion that a viewer could want to have. The thrill, suspense, laughter – it’s a great balance. We’re one of the world’s best Cirque acts touring today.”



Cirque Le Masque stops at the Vilar Center Monday for two shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

One aspect of Cirque Le Masque that lends the story depth is the storyline that weaves through the production.

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“The show follows the journey of a young woman who wants to fly to Rio and join the circus,” Schussel said. “As the evening progresses, you follow her on this quest. Meanwhile, the spirited atmosphere of Carnivale, Rio-style, offers the backdrop. It’s at times dramatic, funny, sad and suspenseful. You feel the whole range of emotions from laughter to hold-your-breath intensity.”

The storyline enhances the onstage action, performed by a cast that Schussel calls the best Cirque actors out there.

“It’s a combination of aerial and ground acts,” Schussel said. “You’ll see the German wheel, flying silks, duo trapeze and the very popular three-person hand-to-hand balancing act. From the great entrance to the grand finale, this whole show will thrill the audience.”



The acrobatics and the storyline are supplemented by a cast of seven dancers and music inspired by the Carnivale theme. According to Schussel, it’s a journey intended for the entire family.

“It’s for ages three to 93,” he said. “After every performance we’re greeted by families of all ages, raving about the production.”

In addition to the unique story line and the well-seasoned cast (90 percent of the actors are alumni of the Cirque de Soleil productions), Schussel insists that it’s a simple equation that sets Cirque Le Masque apart from other Cirque productions out there.

“Well, we’re an upscale show,” he said. “The truth of the matter is that there are all kinds of Cirque acts touring today. Let’s put it this way: there are also lots of cars on the road – we’re like the Rolls Royce of the industry. Where other Cirque productions play to the venue, we play to – and for – the people. You have to see the show to believe it.”

Sarah Dixon is the marketing and public relations manager for the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. E-mail comments about this story to cschnell@vaildaily.com.


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