Cirque du Soleil Group ("Cirque du Soleil") has been making the Cogeco Amphitheatre in Trois-Rivières its summer home for seven years now. The arrival of spring signals the time for announcements for the tribute show to the mythical number 10 with the presentation of part of the creative team working on this new production as well as the unveiling of the title and the poster. Entitled "GUY! GUY! GUY!", as a nod to the victorious slogan chanted by the fans, this seventh edition of the Tribute Series promises a highly acrobatic, joyful and generous celebration in the image of the Blonde demon.
This project is of particular importance to Cirque du Soleil, with the mobilization of more than 100 collaborators. Indeed, paying tribute to a popular figure as legendary as Guy Lafleur is a great responsibility and an incredible opportunity for the creative director, Daniel Ross, and the director, Fernand Rainville. "With "GUY! GUY! GUY!", we hope to touch the hearts of Quebecers who have sung, chanted, ovated with one voice and with the same unifying impetus, the exploits and highlights of this genius field hockey player," says Daniel Ross. "It's not a biographical work or a field hockey show. We are inspired by Guy Lafleur's career to bring to life the joy, the sense of pride and the pleasure of the game that he gave us, all through the circus arts," adds Daniel Ross.
What struck Fernand Rainville, director, was the great closeness that the public had with Guy Lafleur. His accessibility, authenticity and resilience, coupled with his extraordinary physical nature and undeniable talent, are a great source of inspiration for me as a director, but also for the people of Quebec," says Rainville. "This is why we invite the public to open their memory box and share their story with Guy Lafleur. A platform, accessible here, has been launched to collect these precious testimonials.
As with each Tribute Series, the Quebec musical repertoire is in the spotlight and this year will be no exception. The musical direction and arrangements have been entrusted to Philippe Brault, who has been working for over twenty years as a producer and musician accompanying many of our artists. The show's soundtrack will draw mainly on Quebec talent from the 70's such as Gilles Valiquette, Boule Noire, Gerry Boulet and Loco Locass. Finally, a few musical novelties will seduce the audience: an original musical creation, a multi-instrumentalist musician on stage and a sound work based on audio archives.
This 75-minute show, created exclusively for the Cogeco Amphitheatre, will bring together 29 artists in a staging orchestrated by Fernand Rainville, assisted by Vincent Côté, under the musical direction of Philippe Brault.
Call for testimonials
Paying tribute to Guy Lafleur is to immerse oneself in a collective memory, to relive glorious moments and rediscover a generous man who left his mark on the hearts of Quebecers. Many people have a story to share. Those who submit their testimonies via the platform will have a chance to win a pair of tickets for the show.
Platform to submit a story
Cirque du Soleil is looking for two boys, aged between 11 and 15, from the Trois-Rivières area to play a field hockey fan in the show. Apply before April 15, 2023.
About the show
This new creation of the Tribute Series is a free, joyful and colorful celebration of a field hockey legend and ice artist who put his imagination at the service of a flamboyant game with its spectacular rises and its lightning shot.
Guy Lafleur's genius and larger-than-life personality inspired and inspired generations of Quebecers. It is this glorious spirit and authentic generosity that will be found in a poetic visual and sound signature that borrows from the 70s. A circus show full of energy and looking to the future.
Created and produced by Cirque du Soleil Group
Under the creative direction of Daniel Ross, the team of "GUY! GUY! GUY!" team brings together the creative talents of 10 designers:
Fernand Rainville - Director
Vincent Côté - Associate Director, Playwright
Emilie Therrien - Acrobatic Designer
Yves Aucoin - Set and Lighting Designer
Alain Jenkins - Props Designer
Maryse Gosselin - Make-up Designer
Marilène Bastien - Costume Designer
Marie-Eve Demers - Choreographer
Philippe Brault - Composer & Arranger
Félix Fradet Faguy - Video Content Designer
Cirque du Soleil's show "GUY! GUY! GUY!", a tribute to Guy Lafleur, will be presented at the Cogeco Amphitheatre from July 19, 2023 to August 19, 2023. Tickets start at $55.83 (plus taxes) and are available online at amphitheatrecogeco.com, at the J.-Antonio Thompson Hall box office and by calling 819 380-9797 or 1 866 416-9797 from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.