TII=The Immortal Tour. Part 2
From an interview with Jamie King:
|RL: So you feel Michael is the co-director and is already working alongside you?JK: Yes, Robin, I don’t know if you know this, but he is the reason I do what I do. In 1992, I was the only male dancer picked to go on the Dangerous tour and work alongside with Michael Jackson for two years. The other three boys who had been there since the Bad tour, I was the new one who came in and auditioned and got the job. So I toured with Michael Jackson for two years. I danced alongside him. I worked alongside him. I was his body stand-in double. I’m doing now what I know he would approve.
|RL: Jamie, how long are you in the production process at the moment?JK: I’m about 5 1/2 months into pre-production. The next phase will be the casting for performers, then next year, we begin the rest of the process, and I move to Montreal. Rehearsals will be in different phases, but you can imagine, most of 2011 starting around January through to the October opening, we’ll be rehearsing. There are different phases of rehearsing because we have musicians as a layer, we have acrobats rehearsing as a layer, we have dancers rehearsing as a layer. So, it will be done in different layers and then all come together.(Editor’s note: Cirque officials further explained after my interview with Jamie: “That’s the difference between our Las Vegas shows and the touring shows. The Vegas shows come into the theater about 3 months ahead of time, and then the creative team has the benefit of being in the venue and working it in before we start doing the soft openings. For touring shows, it’s a completely different story because we can’t rent out an empty arena for 6 months. We basically layer things into the rehearsals production schedule so that builds up, and by the time they enter the arena and they will be rehearsing at the Bell Center in Montreal, we have done everything in Montreal, but in different areas. So, it’s a very long process and a very different process than you’re used to hearing from us when we go to Vegas.)
So, something interesting.
| AUDITIONS FOR CIRQUE DU SOLEIL – MICHAEL JACKSON SHOW
29th September 2010Cirque du Soleil is joining forces with the true entertainment legend Michael Jackson.
This is a once in a life-time opportunity for dancers to be part of the Cirque du Soleil experience. The magic of Cirque du Soleil and the genius of the King of Pop will be combined in the creation, development, and production of Michael Jackson projects based on the music and songs of Michael Jackson.
Cirque du Soleil presents live shows that combine, in an innovative way, acrobatics, theatre, dance, music and singing. Presented under a Big Top, in arena or in a theatre, Cirque du Soleil’s 21 shows are all unique experiences. Cirque du Soleil also produces original special events. To learn more about Cirque du Soleil, visit http://www.cirquedusoleil.com.
Cirque du Soliel is looking for dancers to be part of the Michael Jackson Arena Tour for a contract of up to 3 years.
Dancers of all ethnicities, all heights skilled in hip hop, B-boys/B-girls, popping, locking and jazz are encouraged to submit a video for consideration for auditions which will be held in Los Angeles, New York and Paris. Stepping, tap dancing, tango, and contemporary dance experience are a plus. Tumbling, acrobatics and aerial experience would be useful but not required.
The deadline for the submissions of videos for consideration for the auditions is as follows:
18 October 2010 for Los Angeles auditions.
More details on the process for submission of the videos and dates for the auditions are as follows:
Los Angeles auditions
New York auditions
The audition combinations will be taught to audition participants by Travis Payne.
Travis also on the tour???
|RL: When you were on tour with Michael, did he give you any piece of advice that you’ve carried with you through this journey?JK: One thing that Michael would always say is “make it magic,” or he would ask, “Where’s the magic?” If there isn’t magic, then we shouldn’t do it. How appropriate is that? Think about what we’re doing now. Cirque is about the magic. It’s about the fairy tale, it’s about the things that people haven’t seen. So, essentially he was representing Cirque and its pure magic. You’re going to come to the show and you’re going to leave dancing because that is what we’re celebrating — the spirit of Michael lives on within all of us. I want the audience dancing during the show. How could they not? It’s a Michael Jackson song.
RL: How many hours of video do you think you’ll have looked at of Michael performing?
JK: Well, I’ve been doing it for about 5 months already. It’s been endless. I haven’t counted the hours because any chance I get, I’m constantly watching video. I’m rewatching “Smooth Criminal,” so it’s an ongoing process. In fact, the more I watch, the more information I get.
RL: At what age do you start your story with Michael?
JK: There will definitely be touches of what I call “little man” Michael because he was like a little man when he was performing. He wasn’t like a child at all, so the Jackson 5 will be there because that was his developmental stage. And then of course he transitioned into this icon that we all know. The show is really about the iconic Michael Jackson, but we will be touching on little Michael.
RL: So we go from Jackson 5 to This Is It?
JK: No, the opposite. We go from iconic Michael. That’s the through line, how we knew him at the top of his game, and then go back and touch on Jackson 5 and young Michael.
RL: Where does the story end in this Immortal version?
JK: The story doesn’t end! What happens is because it’s immortality, the story lives on. We leave with the Michael Jackson story, and we take it with us. It’s an exciting and interesting creative challenge.