Valeria from one of the Italian companies that I reached out to for our 2003 summer tour wrote me today to ask for more information. Evidently, three years after the fact, her director found our email and was interested in the possibility of collaborating.
Without telling her explicitly that the company had completely exploded, decimated by Cirque du Soleil productions, I told her that thanks in part to our successful collaborations, we had evolved a lot over the last few years – three of us working for Soleil and me working as an artistic director in Asia, specifically in Taiwan.
Since we don’t want to lose what we had created, I’m working to keep some continuity until the four of us might be able to work together again. In a sense, the company is currently an engine of creation, able to work with many different artist types for short- or long-term productions, especially smaller productions with 4-7 artists mixing dance, circus, and theatre.
The network of partners and promoters that we are building in Canada, China, Japan, and Taiwan and the show that we’re creating for the festival don’t hurt either.
Of course, I can always send her the materials about our original show, but that it might make more sense to wait until I can send her the materials for the new one.