Image from the Toronto Star
The Canadian founder of the Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberté, having created a world-famous circus, is now heading for the moon. What else can you do when you have played every other stage in the world? He will be Canada's first space tourist, for $35 million, blasting off for 12 days aboard a Russian Soyuz.
He's calling the flight a "Poetic Social Mission, Moving Stars and Earth for Water." Linked up with this will be a series of performances in 14 cities in support of water conservation--tied in with his One Drop foundation. The link to space isn't that clear but why complain when Al Gore, David Suzuki, Shakira and U2 will be part of the show, opening in Montreal.
Image from onedrop: Fundraiser
It's all connected to his two year old One Drop foundation. Laliberte has put £100 M of his own money into the charity which is dedicated "To play a role in changing and influencing how safe water is shared and made accessible around the world."
As he says:
Today, I continue to dream of a fairer, more just world. A world where every human being has access to clean water and can live in dignity and health. The wildest dreams can come true when we all invest our energy, willpower and creativity. One drop at a time, one step at a time, we can do it."
The performances will be held in 14 cities, starting with Montreal on October 9, 2009 and travelling to continuing to Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, New York, Mexico City, Sydney, Marrakesh, London, Tokyo, Mumbai, Santa Monica, Tampa and Moscow.
Describing the show, he said that "In every one of those 14 cities, there will be a place where there'll be a stage performance with a big screen and, at the same time, there will be the presentation of the poetic social mission." It will feature music, dance, visual arts and photography - with an environmental theme, all written by Canadian author Yann Martel, (he wrote Life of Pi). The celebrities will read bits of the tale, some live, some on video. Laliberte will be the MC which should be interesting, since he will be in space for the first one...will he be the first clown to MC a show from space?