CMU School of Drama

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Q&A w/Mike Newnum – Luzia’s Technical Director Cirque du Soleil puts on a good show. Flowers blossom from elaborate costumes; performers plummet from fifty feet up in the air. Even the show’s technical director, Mike Newnum, says he catches his breathe when he watches what the team does.

The troupe’s latest performance, Luzia, a Mexico-inspired dreamscape, has had a challenging run. While the performances are carefully orchestrated, with each piece of equipment tested and routines practiced daily, mistakes happen. And sometimes they’re fatal.

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