American Neil Goldberg's Dream It circus show is on the road in Taiwan, mixing European "cirque" and Broadway spectacle
Goldberg's approach to circus takes acrobatics and routines out of the big top and puts them on stage in a dramatic, action-packed theatrical performance.
The show features jump rope, aerial rope, hand balance, rola bola, duo trapeze, German wheel, fire and comedy juggling, and vocals.
Dream It toured the US and South America last year and is one of many circus and dream-themed shows by Goldberg's company, Cirque Productions.
Goldberg's world famous cirque shows have been called "a sumptuous big top spectacle turned stage show" (Los Angeles Times) and mix cirque and contemporary theater. The European concept of cirque stems from Cirque Municipal, a circus devised by author Jules Verne in 1874.
In 1993, Goldberg, who has a lot of theater experience, developed a show that used cirque concepts and produced it for corporate events. Goldberg's earliest shows combined cirque with choreography, cabaret and Vaudeville acts -- and the synthesis was successful right away.
In 1996, Goldberg opened "Cirque Ingenieux" at an Atlantic City casino and from there his fame grew.
Goldberg's circuses have performed worldwide at casinos, theaters, and world famous venues, including the Moulin Rouge in Paris and Prince Rainers' Circus in Monaco.
Cirque Productions attracts the best venues worldwide and the best talent, such as members of the the Mongolian School of Contortion, the Acrobatic Training Center of Beijing and the Moscow Circus. The troupe continues to grow quickly -- already from 12 in 1993 to over 100 today.
After every show, performing artists contact the company in hopes of getting an audition. The most talented hopefuls are sent to Cirque Productions' base in South Florida: Dream Studios.
What: Neil Goldberg's Cirque
Where: Jan. 11-16 Taipei National Theater (台北國家戲劇院)
When: Jan. 11 to Jan. 14, 7:30pm; Jan. 15 and Jan. 16, 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Tickets: NT$400 to NT$2,500, through ERA tickets
Additional Performances: Kaohsiung Cultural Center (高雄至德堂), Jan. 18 and Jan. 19 at 7:30pm; Taichung Chungshan Hall (台中中山堂), Jan. 20 and Jan. 21 at 7:30pm
There, contracted performers train for the shot at being cast in Goldberg's shows. All performers follow Cirque
Productions' mission statement, which says that each person is the actor and author of his or her own dreams. Cirque Productions are a place where dreams and reality collide and where audiences are inspired to let their imaginations soar.
Goldberg has also developed events for occasions, such as two Super Bowl halftime shows, two Miss Universe Pageants and various Walt Disney World productions.
In his many TV productions, Goldberg has worked with entertainers such as Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope, Diana Ross, and Muhammad Ali.
Besides Dream It and other tours, Cirque Productions hosts seasonal US shows such as Christmas Dreams, has put on Branson Missouri's "Cirque Branson," and the outdoor theme park entertainment experience Imaginique at Busch Gardens, Virginia. Goldberg's troupe also performs private shows for corporate parties.